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LinuxWorld: Interview with Jon Johansen

Jan 28, 2000, 06:40 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.S. Kelly)

"On Monday, January 24, authorities in Norway searched the home of Jon Johansen, a 16-year-old Norwegian member of the Masters of Reverse Engineering (MoRE) -- the group which created the DeCSS DVD playback utility for Linux. Jon and his father Per Johansen have both been indicted by Norway's Department of Economic Crime. LinuxWorld talked to both Jon and Per about DeCSS, the investigation, the controversy -- and about why they feel that this case is at the same time so ridiculous and so important."

"LinuxWorld: How did this whole thing start? How did you get involved with DVD and DeCSS?"

"Jon Johansen: Well, I got involved with DVD about two years ago. I bought my first DVD-ROM and an MPEG-2 decoder card. And, about at the end of September last year, I got in contact with a German computer programmer and a Dutch computer programmer, and we decided that it was time to add DVD support to Linux -- and, of course, to other operating systems, such as FreeBSD."

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