What the hell, the guy made a program for his company that did nothing wrong, it even helped blind people. It just allowed for increased portability (or so I read) of PDF files. There is something very wrong here. Click here [This message has been edited by Ronnie Johnson (edited August 03, 2001).]
posted 19 years ago
I encourage you all to not only write to congress but goto the adobe site and contact them and tell them what you think.
Note that Adobe has apparently dropped their complaint, but the FBI is pressing on without them. I agree that the prosecution of Sklyarov is wrong. However protesting the lack of bail is silly - bail has much less to do with the severity of the crime than it does the likelihood that he would leave US jurisdiction. As a foreign national with no particular reason to stay in the US, and now with a large network of people around the world who would like to help him out, he would pose a serious flight risk. Frankly, it's not surprising that the justice department would deny bail in a case like this. All of which is a side issue, of course. The DCMA is a bad law with numerous problems, foremost of which is that it makes criminals of people who have done nothing wrong. Hopefully this case will draw more attention to the law's problems - but that may be little consolation for Dmitry.
Bail. Who came up with this bail thing? Probably somebody rich. I don't get it. You can get out of jail for a while by paying a lot of money. Why don't they also let you get gormet prison meals by paying a lot of money? It's all very odd.
This is going to end up in the Supreme Court because this is clearly a freedom of speech issue. I can publish instructions on how to make bombs but I can't publish instructions on how to crack Adobe's codes? That is crap. We should all be boycotting Adobe until Adobe agrees to pick up all Dmitry's legal bills. They started this and they should accept responsibility for their stupidity.
What he did is not illegal in that country. That's probably true. Our copyright laws are still underdeveloped and I am not sure anybody can tell what they are Also common attitude is that all digital information (whatever it is) should be free. There is a huge electronic library on one of .ru sites and as its owner said it works this way: people scan books they like and send texts, he publishes them and waits if there is any protest from authors. If there is such protest, the text will be removed. Until now there was not any protest. The most popular Russian science fiction author was, naturally, victimized most thoroughly - all his books are there and he did not say anything against. However, there was an author who did protest when his to-be-published book appeared on another site. Owner of that another site accused the author in unbelievable greediness and said that Ok, he changed a couple of sentences in his text so now it's a different text which is not covered by copyright laws. Or let your lawyers prove otherwise. CDs with cracked software are sold everywhere and <deep sigh> I like it. I like that I can play with about any program I want. However, for serious works companies do buy legal copies - probably there are some copyright laws in Russia, or they are afraid there are...
Dmitry did not violate normal copyright laws. He violated a very special law designed to keep people from breaking codes. Theoretically, if I do something as simple as use a letter exchange cipher, A=B B=C C=D etc, and you break my code and publish it you could be arrested. By the way, I was wrong about Dmitry being arrested for soimething he did in Russia. He was arrested for giving a talk and handing out sample code at a conference in the US.