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CNN: Hacker Hero, Hollywood Nemesis on Trial

Dec 10, 2002, 01:00 (15 Talkback[s])

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"Jon Lech Johansen was only 15 when he wrote and distributed on the Internet for free a program that unlocked copy-protected DVDs, giving Hollywood nightmares and making him a folk hero among hackers.

"Three years later, he's going on trial in an important test case for Norway's strict laws against computer piracy and hacking.

"The proceedings begin Monday in Oslo District Court and are expected to last five days, with Johansen taking the stand. But whatever the trial's outcome, the digital copycat is well out of the bag..."

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