A Norwegian appeals court in Oslo has agreed to rehear the case involving a local teenager accused of creating and publishing software that allows people to view movie DVDs on the Internet without aut

A Norwegian appeals court in Oslo has agreed to rehear the case involving a local teenager accused of creating and publishing software that allows people to view movie DVDs on the Internet without authorization, Billboard Bulletin reports.

The retrial of Jon Johansen, who was acquitted in January by a three-judge panel in Oslo's city court system, is scheduled to begin this summer. Prosecutors in the case have filed their own appeal.

The Motion Picture Association of America and the DVD Copy Control Association (DVDCCA) filed data-theft charges against Johansen in 2000, alleging that he had accessed a movie DVD using a computer that was not licensed with DVDCCA software.

"This case is about more than freedom of speech and fair-use rights," says Robin Gross, executive director of IP Justice, an international civil-liberties organization. "If Johansen is found guilty, competition and innovation will also be harmed." Under Norwegian law, bypassing technological controls to access data illegally carries a penalty of two years in prison.

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