DVD-hacking teen pleads innocent

OSLO.Norwegian teenager Jon Lech Johansen pleaded innocent yesterday to breaking data security laws in the first day of a widely watched trial over a program that unlocks the security codes of DVDs.

Johansen was 15 when he wrote and distributed for free on the Internet a program that unlocks copy-protected DVDs, giving Hollywood nightmares and making him a folk hero among hackers.

Johansen, now 19, expressed confidence heading into the trial, saying “We are right” and that most people believe that, except “the economic crime police and the film industry.”