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ZDNet UK: Norway Piracy Case Brings activists Hope

Jan 14, 2003, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Internet and technology activists are hoping the acquittal of Norwegian programmer Jon Johansen in a digital piracy case signals a change in attitudes about copyright in the digital age.

"The acquittal in Oslo, Norway, of 19-year-old Johansen, one of the creators of the DVD-cracking code known as DeCSS, is one of several recent setbacks for intellectual-property holders seeking to exert more control over the digital versions of their products.

"'It feels a bit like the tide is turning in these copyright cases,' said Cindy Cohn, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 'It really feels like there is some sanity creeping in.' The EFF and others have been concerned that digital copyright law hampers legitimate research into encryption and other technological matters and stifles consumers' rights..."

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