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Wired: Teen [DeCSS] Hacking Idol Hits Big Apple

Jul 21, 2000, 22:26 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

"In the half-year or so since he published DeCSS on his website, [Jon] Johansen has become the closest thing the Linux and hacking communities have to a teen idol. Protesters outside the courthouse this week waved huge, almost eerie, placards with his face on them while chanting open-source software slogans at passersby."

"The lad was never imprisoned, but the idea of a programmer being interrogated -- and having his computers seized -- for what amounts to a clever hack seemed to symbolize, to many in the community, corporate arrogance gone too far. At LinuxWorld 2000, Johansen fans passed out bumper stickers that read "Free Jon Johansen."

"Earlier in the day, the motion picture industry tried to depict Johansen as a foe of the open-source Linux operating system. The move was designed to show that if Linux users truly wanted to play DVDs on their systems, DeCSS would not have been a Windows utility."

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