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Norwegian police raided the home of Jon Johansen last night and charged him and his father with breaking copyright laws. Johansen is understood to be the man who first posted on the Internet the source code for DeCSS -- code that allows the viewing of legally purchased DVD movies on operating systems that have yet to be supported with player software. Reports from two Norwegian news sites, Dagbladet and Nettavisen, claim that Johnasen's father was also included in the haul because his site was used to publish the program used to break the DVD encryption. Police also confiscated two computers and a mobile phone. Unfortunately that's all we have at the moment. The Register only speaks pidgin Norwegian -- so if anyone can shed any light on the stories from here or here, we'd be jolly grateful. Send your translations here. Plug of the day Drew Cullen writes: Copyleft, the legendary purveyor of geek chic (and maker of The Register's T-shirts), has added a DVD-CCA deCSS shirt to this season's collection. "Express your disapproval of the DVD CCA and support OpenDVD advocacy," Copyleft proclaims. "Just another way to spread the source code on your back. Find out information about it at OpenDVD.org." Four dollars from each T-shirt sale is donated to the EFF fighting fund. ®

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