Tue 7 Jan, 2003 02:24 pm
Teen Cleared of Hollywood Piracy Charges
Tue Jan 7,11:16 AM ET Add Technology - Reuters Internet Report to My Yahoo!
By Inger Sethov
OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian teenager who created a computer program to copy Hollywood movies was cleared of piracy charges on Tuesday in a "David and Goliath" trial pitting him against the industry's biggest studios
This could have significant impact over the rights of private end-users to play and archive media for personal purposes. Any thoughts?
It will also make it harder to fight piracy. Nevertheless I think it was a good ruling.
Anti piracy measures have been too agressive and a bit misdirected (frequently hurting the customer not involed in piracy more than the pirates).
The reuters article has left some things out:
the background of this case was that the teenager developed this program to watch legally bought DVD's on his computer - with Linux. These DVD's didn't run there, so he develloped that program and shared it (sic: LInux!) on the web .... ....
It seemed, as if it had been a case just of legal principles: the prosecution was just asking for 90 days on probation and the (four year old) computer ...
We have in Germany the explicit right to copy CDs, DVDs etc for private use (and for security). Which is today mostly impossible.
All are waiting for the first case at a supreme court ....