Last month a Norwegian hacker posted instructions on the Internet on how to bust the copyright protection in software developed to link PCs with DVD-ROM drives. This would leave the doors open for pirates to download coprighted music from the Internet and distribute it on illegal websites.
The incident sent shudders through the music industry, which is already sensitive to Internet copyright issues. As a result Matsushita has put back the release of its audio/video players, which included an in-car device and a DVD-enabled wide screen TV, until next year. Pioneer is believed to be considering a similar move.
This is a major setback for the DVD industry, which has started to see sales of DVDs take off as consumers start to see them as an affordable alternative to CDs.
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