Feeds

DVD Jon to sue prosecuter

Seeks compensation

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Jon Lech Johansen is demanding compensation from the Norwegian white collar crime unit, following four years of legal hell during which he twice had to establish his innocence of copyright violations charges.

Aftenposten reports that Johansen is seeking NOK 150,000 ($20,000) in compensation from his prosecutors.

"What we will demand be covered is Johansen's economic losses, and court costs and what could be called compensation," said Johansen's lawyer Halvor Manshaus.

Økokrim has yet to respond to this demand.

The case stems from Johansen's involvement when only 15 years-old, in helping to develop and publish a DVD descrambling program, DeCSS, designed to make it possible for him to watch films he owned on his Linux PC.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) concluded the tool could be used to facilitate piracy by defeating "security" safeguards on DVDs. It filed a complaint against Johansen with Norway's Economic Crime Unit, Økokrim. Økokrim in turn brought a prosecution against Johansen for obscure offences against Norwegian Criminal Code 145(2) which carry a sentence of up to two years in jail.

This prosecution failed.

Last month, a Norwegian appeals court upheld Johansen's earlier acquittal on all counts of alleged copyright violations, much to the irritation of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Økokrim has decided to finally drop the case.

So Johansen, nicknamed 'DVD Jon', 20, is finally free of charges that have hung over his head since his early teens. ®

Related Stories

Norway throws in the towel in DVD Jon case
DVD Jon wins again
DVD Jon is free - official
Lock up the copyright cartel - not Johansen

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.