DeCSS


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DeCSS

(DEcrypt CSS) Software that breaks the CSS copy protection system used on DVD movies and decrypts the encrypted data. It allows DVDs to be copied to a PC, which can then be viewed from the hard disk, uploaded to someone else or burned onto a DVD-R or DVD-RW.

Hacked By a 15-Year Old
The software was engineered through a hacker network known as MoRE (Masters of Reverse Engineering) that obtained some of the CSS code. It was completed by 15-year-old Jon Lech Johansen, a Norwegian student, ostensibly to play DVDs on his Linux machine. However, Johansen released the final version over the Internet in late 1999, causing considerable dismay to the DVD movie industry. Other "DVD ripping" programs, such as DVD Decrypter, were later created by different parties. See CSS.
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Many developers understood the attempt to restrict DeCSS as an all-out assault: "Here's why they're doing it," wrote one commenter on the popular technology site Slashdot after Johansen's computer was confiscated on January 24,2000.
Many websites began providing highly detailed information about the DMCA, DeCSS, and copyright history, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to defending digital rights, launched a "Free Jon Johansen" campaign.
Emmanuel Goldstein"), his company, 2600 Enterprises, its Web site and 2 other Web sites, prohibiting them from posting the DeCSS utility.
In its petition to the court, the MPAA member companies noted that although Corley is no longer directly posting DeCSS on his Web site, www.
As a result, any and all copies of DeCSS must come down.
Johansen was among the first to post DeCSS and his dad hosted the Web pages.