> BUT WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHEN THIS BECAME ILLEGAL!!!!ITS MINE I CAN DO WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT WITH IT!!!
It's always been illegal to 'crack' commercial software. You don't buy software, you buy a license to use it. The software remains the property of its author. You own the box, the media, the manuals - but not the copyright to the software. The license that you have bought prohibits you from modifying it or using it on more than one computer. If you don't like commercial software licenses, don't use the software.
actually under my civil rights i can reverse engineer, decompile, hack, crack, or whatever i please with that software as long as i don't distribute it.
NOTE: reverse engineer, decompile are always prohibited in the license so this has always been illegal.
ALSO NOTE: hacking and cracking FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE has just recently been made illegal.
guy want's to watch DVD on linux box with his stuff he can't so he cracks the DVD encryption and writes a DVD player for his system doesn't distribute or plan on distributing.
Now it is.