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This Is Not the DeCSS Source Code

By rusty in News
Tue Jan 25, 2000 at 07:38:08 AM EST
Tags: News (all tags)

Earlier today, jackbooted thugs in the employ of the Norwegian government raided the home of Jon Johansen, the initial distributor of the reverse-engineered DeCSS source code. We can only presume that they were pressured into it by the MPAA, who appear to be so recto-cranially inverted that they can't tell the difference between interoperability and piracy. A couple simple facts:

  • The DeCSS code does not make it "possible" to pirate DVD's. This is eminently possible without cracking CSS.
  • There is currently no way to play DVD's on Linux. This is because the MPAA charges an exorbitant fee to anyone who wants to be able to legally create a device or software that will play DVD's. No one is allowed to release source for these players, no matter how much money you pay. So there can be, by definition, no legal, free (speech, not beer) DVD player.
  • The entertainment industry really needs a clue.
So, to do my small part to help the free software world, I'd like to show you all a picture. This is an artistic interpretation of the current DeCSS situation, and I hope expresses my emotions and feelings about the MPAA, and about jackbooted thugs everywhere.

An Expression of my Opinion About the MPAA

To quote from the source:

One really neat thing to do is to convert this image into a raw PNM (using pngtopnm, in the netpbm library, or the pnmtopng Debian package - other programs put in comment headers, and that would be Bad), and then type the source code in, and compile the sourcecode and then run it with the PPM as input and, say, pipe it through tar xzvf. For example:
            gcc source.c
            pngtopnm < fluffy.png | ./a.out | tar xzvf -
You can do this with other raw-type PNM files too, using this crappy source, though you need to make sure your input PNM is in raw (rather than ASCII) format, has no comment header (if it has one, it can be stripped easily by doing something like pnmtopng < myfile.ppm | pngtopnm > strippedfile.ppm, or the truly daring can just use vi) and that it's got at least 8 times the number of image bytes as the data file (i.e. a 12345-byte datafile needs at least a 98760-byte image, such as a 200x165 24bit image).
Please feel free to display this image on your own site, if you feel the same way. I got it from here. Thank you for helping me exercise my First Amendment right to free expression under the US Constitution.


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This Is Not the DeCSS Source Code | 3 comments (3 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Re: This Is Not the DeCSS Source Code (none / 0) (#1)
by fluffy grue on Sun Mar 19, 2000 at 05:25:47 PM EST

Just having the picture doesn't do anyone any good. They also need to know what to do with the picture. That is at the site you got the image from.
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

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Re: This Is Not the DeCSS Source Code (none / 0) (#2)
by rusty on Sun Mar 19, 2000 at 05:30:03 PM EST

What I want to know is, where the hell did the picture go? I didn't delete it, that I know of. And yet it's gone. Weird.

Not the real rusty
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Re: This Is Not the DeCSS Source Code (none / 0) (#3)
by fluffy grue on Thu Apr 20, 2000 at 11:34:07 PM EST

That's okay, I finally got around to making a better picture anyway.
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

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