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DeCSS CO-AUTHOR TO BE TRIED THIS DECEMBER
Posted 6 Aug 2002 22:57:16 UTC

It appears that the Norwegian courts announced recently that Jon Johansen will be tried on December 9, 2002. Johansen is the only non-anonymous member of the team of programmers which wrote DeCSS, a tool for decrypting DVDs, written with the intent to allow playback on free Operating Systems.

Johansen was indicted (link in Norwegian) last January for his role in creating the software. According to the EFF's archive on the case, he faces two years in prison if convicted.

Johansen appeared at the H2K conference in 2000 and spoke about his case and also appeared on a panel on the DeCSS program. (Audio can be accessed at the top of the page.)

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