[OpenBIOS] New power-up graphics BIOS.

Leighton Haynes dayta at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Mon Aug 20 16:11:31 CEST 2001

On Mon, Aug 20, 2001 at 03:55:06PM +1000, Matthew Sullivan wrote:
> Leighton Haynes wrote:
> > Actually, while I will agree that reverse-engineering the AMI BIOS is
> > not a particularly useful exercise here, I disagree that it could result
> > in handcuffs (legally, at least ;)). Reverse engineering is perfectly legal
> > in most sane countrie (the USA, in no way represents a sane country).
> > Nevertheless, they can still doa  fair bit to make your life miserable if they
> > so choose, as evidenced in the deCSS case.
> deCSS was nothing like the reverse engineering issue at stake here... The deCSS case is
> being brought under the DMCA which forbids tools that the decrypting of copyright
> material - without the authority of copyright owners.  It is being swung by the Record
> companies to their favour (wrongly in my opinion) to block software that _could_ be used
> to duplicate DVD's....  It is nothing to do with the reverse engineering of the Algorithm
> use to encrypt the DVD's as the Algorithm was not reverse engineered to create deCSS...
> that however is another story and WAY off topic... ;-)

Actually, I was referring to Jon Johanssen being arrested in Norway(?)
after reverse engineering css. While he certainly wasn't arrested for 
reverse-engineering, it was certainly what triggered his arrest. :)
I should have been clearer ;) 


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