"... some companies have opened their doors, if only slightly,
to those determined to reinvent the company's creations."
"As more of their functions have migrated from hardware to
software, gadgets have become easier to re-engineer. For example,
Mr. Wysopal said, simple reprogramming turns an inexpensive
projector used for business presentations into a home theater DVD
player that is like one selling for a much higher price."
"Other companies have taken legal action to protect their
devices' hardware and software. Manufacturers of digital video
discs sued individuals who broke the encryption system used for
DVD's so they could use them with Linux systems."