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Johansen Acquittal Final

January 5, 2004

Johansen Acquittal Final

The Norwegian authorities have decided not to appeal the aquittal of Jon Johansen to the Norwegian Supreme Court. Johansen was prosecuted for his role in the creation of DeCSS software that decrypts DVDs so that they can be played on computers running the Linux operating system. "The prosecution of Johansen for 'breaking into' DVDs that he already owned was wrong from the beginning," noted EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "We hope this decision will serve as a model for protecting consumer rights elsewhere."

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