Viewing a DVD with OSS is now illegal

That’s right, illegal. Starting today, December 31st, reading a DVD with Open Source Software (OSS) in France will be illegal.

Starting tomorrow December 31st 2006, reading a DVD protected with CSS (as most DVD are) is illegal in France when it is done with a software allowing to circumvent the protection, such as VLC or mplayer which can both use the libdvdcss library. Today’s Journal Officiel (where laws and executive orders are published) says that you may be fined 135€ (around $180) for doing so. This includes watching any DVD that you have legally purchased.

What a way to start the new year for 2007. View the PDF outlining the documentation concerning the new rules surrounding OSS, video decryption, and personal rights. I don’t know about anyone else, but this new rule is, well… Ridiculous.