When "DVD Jon" Lech Johansen went to work for Michael Robertson last fall, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Robertson has done quite well for himself over the years with a strategy he seems to have perfected: find some technology that can completely undercut a legacy industry, launch it in a way that pisses off the existing players then (here's the important part) get sued. Getting sued has been Robertson's best marketing ploy. DVD Jon, of course, is also good at getting sued. The movie industry went after him for his involvement with the DeCSS code that helped get around DVD encryption (a lawsuit which Jon won). So, when Michael and Jon got together, it seemed only natural that whatever they cooked up was sure to get the entertainment industry lawyers busy. Of course, then came the disappointment when it looked like the two were collaborating on yet another online music locker -- something that's been done many times before, and didn't seem to need DVD Jon's special talents. Apparently Jon thought so as well and has moved on. He mentioned it on his own blog a few weeks ago, but now more people are noticing that Jon has left Robertson's employ to move to San Francisco and go to work for a company that seems right up his alley: DoubleTwist Ventures, which is working on "the reverse engineering of proprietary systems for which licensing options are non-existent or impractical." Now that ought to generate some fun lawsuits.
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