"The hearing is taking place, despite the January acquittal of
the Norwegian 20 year-old by a lower court on charges relating to
his involvement in creating and distributing a utility for playing
back DVDs on his own computer.
"An Oslo district court decided that Johansen was entitled to
copy legally-purchased DVDs using the DeCSS descrambling program,
in order to play back movies on his Linux PC. On this basis,
Johansen, was cleared of piracy and distribution of the DeCSS DVD
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