Ughh…what’s next, the state will lock up people for removing the “Do Not Remove Your Mattress Tag Under Penalty of Law” tags? The copyright and movie industry lobby must be strong in Finland…
The production and dissemination of computer software that can circumvent the copy protection of DVD movies is illegal, according to a ruling by the Helsinki Court of Appeals. With its decision, the court overturned an acquittal handed down by a lower court in the so-called CSS case.
Facing charges were two copyright activists, who set up a computer programme which makes it possible to circumvent the CSS copy protection on DVD recordings.
[...]The defence maintained that the purpose of the software was to make it possible to watch DVDs on computers using the Linux operating system, and that it was of no help in copying discs.
According to the second activist, Mikko Rauhala, the central issue surrounding the decision of the Court of Appeals is not one of copyrights. In his view, the key matter is the protection of the interests of manufacturers of DVD players.
[...]Because of the minor nature of the offence, the court did not hand down a punishment, noting that at the time of the act, there were numerous similar programmes available for the same purpose. The court also took into consideration the fact that the activists reported on themselves to the police. Rauhala says that he hopes to appeal their conviction to the Supreme Court.