'DVD Jon' to face appeal

The Norwegian government submitted an appeal Tuesday on the acquittal by Oslo City Court of Jon Lech Johansen, also known as "DVD Jon," on charges regarding his development and distribution of DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs.

Johansen's attorney Halvor Manshaus of law firm Schjødt AS issued a joint statement with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Tuesday saying that the appeal was not unexpected.

Manshaus said that the appeals court, Borgarting lagmannsrett, will screen the case and may decide not to grant the appeal.

Even if the appeals court decides to hear the case, Manshaus said, he is confident that the appeal will not succeed because the same evidence and arguments will be put before the court as were put forward in Oslo City Court.

Even if the appeal is granted, Manshaus said, he is confident that it will not succeed.

Norway does not have an equivalent of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and therefore Johansen did not break the law, the EFF said in the joint statement. Under the U.S.'s 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) not only is it illegal to circumvent access control preventions, it is also illegal to distribute the code to others.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gillian Law

PC World
Show Comments


James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >


Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?