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11/18/2005 Archived Entry: ""DVD Jon" bootlegged by Sony?"

Ok, this is too delightful to ignore. Some of the LGPL code purloined by First4Internet for Sony's XCP copy protection was written by -- wait for it -- "DVD Jon" Johansen. You might remember him. He became famous for writing the DeCSS program to decrypt DVDs, which caused the MPAA to threaten to sue any web site offering it, and to try to get a Norwegian court to apply the American DMCA law to Jon. (They failed; Jon prevailed.) The forensics are now pretty solid that LGPL code, including some of Jon's, found its way into XCP.

Meanwhile the EFF has analyzed the Sony End User License Agreement. You only think you own a Sony CD. (Thanks to Kirsten for the link.)  —brad

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