DVD Jon sets his sights on AACS
Jon Lech Johansen, better known as "DVD Jon," has thrown down a gauntlet to the entertainment industry. As you probably remember, Johansen created DeCSS, the first product capable of breaking the CSS encryption found on DVDs. He was promptly sued by the entertainment industry in Norway, where he lived at the time, but was found not guilty twice. In late 2005, Johansen moved to San Diego in order to work with Michael Robertson of MP3tunes.com and Linspire. The move also put Johansen closer to the US entertainment industry, which has done everything in its power to stop the distribution of DeCSS.
Johansen doesn't appear worried by the Hollywood types to his North; indeed, on his blog he has issued a provocative statement about AACS, the next-generation content protection system that will be found both in Blu-ray and HD DVD.
"AACS, like CSS, will be a success. Not at preventing piracy. That's not the primary objective of any DRM system. Anyone who has read the CSS license agreement knows that the primary objective is to control the market for players. Don't you just love when your DVD player tells you "This operation is prohibited" when you try to skip the intro?" DVD Jon sets his sights on AACS
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