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Posted 25 Jan 2000 00:00:00 UTC

First the lawsuits were filed. Then the injunctions were granted. And now the arrests have begun.

Jon Johansen was arrested early Tuesday at his home in Norway. He's accused of writing DeCSS, the program that reverse engineered the DVD encryption scheme.

The 16-year-old says the program was written for the sole purpose of allowing DVD's to be played on the Linux operating system. The Motion Picture Association of America claims he broke intellectual property laws.

His father was also arrested because the web site was in his name. What's particularly interesting is that the two had already removed the source code from the site after being threatened by the MPAA. As any schoolkid knows, agreeing to a bully's terms rarely makes things any better.

This situation is continuing to deteriorate on a daily basis. If the MPAA thugs are able to get a kid and his father arrested in a distant country, one can only imagine what they have planned for the "violators" in this country.

Legal action has forced us to remove the DeCSS code from our site. It has NOT forced us to remove links to the growing number of sites worldwide that were not affected. And no court action in the world will ever stop us from speaking out against this insane abuse of power against free-thinking people everywhere.

We call on our readers to fight the MPAA on all fronts. Picket their offices, call them, fax them your opinion, educate the media, hand out leaflets outside your local movie theatre, and target each and every one of the companies that has signed onto this action.

Motion Picture Association of America
15503 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 995-6600

Universal City Studios
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000

Paramount Pictures
1633 Broadway # 1801
New York, NY 10019
(212) 654-7000
5555 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
1350 Avenue Of Americas
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-0300
2500 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 449-3000

Columbia Pictures
Tristar Pictures

555 Madison Ave Fl 9
New York, NY 10022
(212) 833-6100
10202 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 244-4000

Time Warner Entertainment
75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10019
(212) 484-8000

Disney Enterprises
500 S Buena Vista St
Burbank, CA 91521
(818) 560-1111

Twentieth Century Fox
10201 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 369-1000

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