Jon Johansen, from Norway, was tried and acquitted on charges “for writing a software tool that can be used to overcome anticopying technology built into most commercial DVDs.” At the time, Norway was being pressed to mimic the strict copyright laws of the United States. With stricter laws, officials can ensure sufficient punishments for violators rather than having the charges completely dismissed, as they were in this instance. Stricter laws would also give companies more power to better protect themselves from people caught or accused of copying media products. In the past, “court cases targeting alleged piracy have generally gone in favor of the content owners to date, but the industry is still on the defensive and needs to bolster legal victories with better antipiracy technology.” However, as of now, the current “DMCA-like laws are the entertainment industry's best hope of fending off a new era of digital piracy.”
Currently, copyright officials are in limbo between the former and future laws, thus making it difficult to try cases. This specific case helped bring officials’ attention to the fact that copyright laws dealing with the Internet and anticopying technology need to be updated and made universal. Having non-universal laws makes it easier for piracy to go unpunished. By implementing and enforcing stricter punishments, companies would not only have stronger defense cases against Internet pirates, individuals would be potentially deterred from ever downloading illegally (or attempting to decode encryptions) in the first place.