It seems like the movie industry wants to go a little too far — they’re trying to convict
a Norwegian teenager for trying to view the DVD
s he legally
The whole story is that he co-created software that allowed him to view DVD
s that he legally
bought on his Linux computer. Linux currently does not have any approved software for viewing DVD
s. He posted the program code on the Internet so that he could test out the program. Apparently, the MPAA
got paranoid and wanted to sue everyone — not only Jon Johansen, the teenager, but anyone
who linked to his program!
I guess we now say goodbye to freedom of speech, ¡adios!
to freedom of the press (for hyperlinking), and Auf Wiedersehen
to buying DVD
s — after all, we can’t watch them anymore, can we? In the US
, this will be the first major case under the DMCA
, and in Norway, this will be the first case trying someone for viewing a legally purchased product. Wow. Sometimes makes you want to become a lawyer, doesn’t it?