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The Norwegian DVD case – Decision by Borgarting Appellate Court
Docket 03-00731 M/02
Instance: Borgarting Appellate CourtDate: 22 December 2003Published: LB-2003-00731
Key words: Computer crime. Assessment of evidence. Copyright act sects 4, 12 and 39i,criminal code sect 145 second paragraph.Abstract:
A young person had in 1999 with others co-operated to the development of a program that circumvented Content Scrambling System for DVDs, and posted thison the Net. He had programmed a user interface which made the programavailable also for persons without any special knowledge of informationtechnology. The appellate court found, as the first instance court, at thedevelopment of the program was not illegal. The action was not found to be aninfringement of the provisions of the copyright act. Therefore, access could not bequalified as ‘unauthorised’ according to the criminal code sect 145, second paragraph. The appeal of Økokrim
was therefore rejected.Citations:
Oslo first instance court TOOSLO-2002-00507 – Borgarting appellate court LB-2003-00731 M/02.Parties: The public prosecution (first public prosecutor Inger Marie Sunde)
[A](defendant attorney Halvor Manshaus).Author: Appellate court judge Wenche Skjæggestad, president.
Temporary appellate court judge Endre Stavang and extrodinary appellate court judge Hjamlar Austbø. Lay judges: President of the institution Bente Brunvatne. Sheet metal worker MortenMidtun. Senior consultant Dag Asheim. College professor Martion Gilje Jaatun.[A]
is born in 1983 and lives in –street --, Oslo. He is a student, not married and without familyresponsibilities. By indictment of Økokrim, amended twice, the latter amendment of 13December 2002, he was prosecuted by Oslo first instance court for breaking:
The criminal code section 145 second cf third and fourth paragraph
by having broken a protection or in a similar way unjustified accessed data stored or communicated by electronic or other technical means and by having caused harm by exploitingor using such unjustified information, or having contributed to this.
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