hacker.jpgWhy did Google limit its new media player to play only files on its own video site?

Norwegian hacker Jon Lech Johansen, 21, didn’t wait around for an answer, and hacked the player within a day of its release, according to PC Magazine.

The patch, released on Johansen’s ‘So Sue Me‘ blog, effectively disables a modification Google made to the VideoLAN code to prevent users from playing videos that are not hosted on Google’s servers.

Johansen said the patch, which requires the .Net run-time framework, will remove Google’s restriction and allow the playback of video files that aren’t on the video.google.com server.

Via Techdirt