DVD Hacker and DeCSS Author Targets Apple

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:07
Category: Hacks

An article in the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d) has the story about a 21-year-old Norwegian Jon Lech Johansen (a.k.a. DVD Jon) who defied Hollywood by releasing a hack that allowed anyone to copy DVDs when he was 15. According to the article this hacker’s “next target” is Apple Computer because of their limitations on the number of times you can copy files in iTunes:

These days he is targeting Apple Computer Inc., repeatedly hacking the software that runs its popular, Internet-based iTunes music store to remove restrictions on how many times legally bought songs can be copied or on which devices they can be played.

In addition to hacking Apple’s FairPlay DRM system for music purchased from the iTunes Music Store Mr. Johansen says he “may take a look” at the new iTunes 6.0 which sells protected videos as well. Although he doesn’t seem as interested in video because “the shows’ video resolution is too low to look good on computers or TV sets.”


An article in the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d) has the story about a 21-year-old Norwegian Jon Lech Johansen (a.k.a. DVD Jon) who defied Hollywood by releasing a hack that allowed anyone to copy DVDs when he was 15. According to the article this hacker’s “next target” is Apple Computer because of their limitations on the number of times you can copy files in iTunes:

These days he is targeting Apple Computer Inc., repeatedly hacking the software that runs its popular, Internet-based iTunes music store to remove restrictions on how many times legally bought songs can be copied or on which devices they can be played.

In addition to hacking Apple’s FairPlay DRM system for music purchased from the iTunes Music Store Mr. Johansen says he “may take a look” at the new iTunes 6.0 which sells protected videos as well. Although he doesn’t seem as interested in video because “the shows’ video resolution is too low to look good on computers or TV sets.”

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