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Re: [dvd-discuss] Jon Johansen acquitted!!

Sorry if I do not get the quotes right - it was hard to tell who wrote what

Anyway - I am just here to rain on your parade.

The law is about to be changed. Norway will follow the European Union and
the European Copyright Directive and will as a member of EEC implement a
version of the WIPO Copyright Treaty, that also served as inspiration for
the U.S. Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Draft Norweigan legislation is
expected in February 2003. This will make the Jon-DVD case void as a
precedent, since the legislation most likeley will adopt the protection for
anti-circumvention devices in the WIPO Copyright Treaty.

I really do not want to be a Lessig kind of pessimist, but he is starting
to convince me of the color of the future. The color has a dark shade -
that is if you do not consider strengthened copyright protection a good


Mikael Pawlo

At 12.55 -0500 03-01-07, Jeremy Erwin wrote:
>On Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at 12:01  PM, John Zulauf wrote:
>Lars Gaarden wrote:
>Sham Gardner wrote:
>Finally some good news:
>We won this one. According to the judgement, gaining access to a DVD you
>own with "non-approved" tools is not illegal and making available a
>digital crowbar is in most instances legal if it can not be proved
>beyond reasonable doubt that the person making it/making it available
>did so with the intent of assisting others in breaking the law.
>So, as close to a total victory as you can get.
>Frustratingly, the court that actually heard the facts about DeCSS has
>found that Jon Johansen had no ill intent in writing, using, and
>providing DeCSS.  Judge Kaplan in 2600 below found otherwise, but
>without a fully developed record.  To bad 2600 can't be challenged again
>based on the Johansen victory.


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