Jon Lech Johansen denies DVD pirating

Tuesday, 10 December 2002, 1:28 PM EST

Jon Lech Johansen was 15 when it is alleged he wrote and distributed without charge on the Internet a program that enabled copy-protected DVDs to be pirated.

Johansen, now 19, appeared in court on Monday for the start of a five-day trial -- almost four years after a police raid on his father's farmhouse.

Prosecutor Inger Marie Sunde, in her opening remarks, compared the hacker group to an international crime network "with Jon Johansen and his friends on the Internet from Germany, the Netherlands, England and Russia."

Charges were filed after Norwegian prosecutors received a complaint from the Motion Picture Association of America.

Johansen's attorney, Halvor Manshaus, said the teen cannot be convicted of breaking into a DVD that he bought and legally owned.

Johansen, who denies breaking data security laws, said as he arrived at court on Monday: "We are right."

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