Get to Know DVD John, Hollywood’s Youngest Nemesis

Meet the 21-yr-old Norwegian who defied Hollywood “Mr. Johansen, whom the local press dubbed “DVD Jon,” was tried twice in Oslo in criminal proceedings that featured testimony from Hollywood executives who maintained his program had unleashed a tidal wave of piracy. Supporters organized on the Internet and printed T-shirts and ties emblazoned with Mr. Johansen’s software code; it even inspired a haiku. A small group marched in Oslo’s May Day parade carrying a sign that read, “Free DVD-Jon.” Mr. Johansen was acquitted both times.”

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