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[FYI] (Fwd) [GILC-plan] Russian eBook copyright case ends with not guilty verdict

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From:           	Chris Chiu <CCHIU@aclu.org>
To:             	gilc-plan@gilc.org
Date sent:      	Tue, 17 Dec 2002 14:44:19 -0500
Subject:        	[GILC-plan] Russian eBook copyright case ends with not guilty verdict

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A jury on Tuesday found a Russian software company not guilty of
criminal copyright charges for producing a program that can crack
antipiracy protections on electronic books. The case against ElcomSoft
is considered a crucial test of the criminal provisions of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a controversial law designed to
extend copyright protections into the digital age. 

The company faced four charges related to directly designing and
marketing software that could be used to crack eBook copyright
protections, plus an additional charge related to conspiring to do so.

The case was launched in July 2001, when ElcomSoft employee Dmitry
Sklyarov was arrested during the Las Vegas Defcon hackers conference
after giving a speech about his company's software, which is designed
to crack protections on Adobe Systems' eBooks. Prosecutors, working
with Adobe, said ElcomSoft's Advanced eBook Processor violated the
DMCA. ...

Christopher Chiu
Technology Policy Analyst
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
New York NY 10004
Phone: (212) 549-2535
Email: cchiu@aclu.org 

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