Adobe, Electronic Frontier Foundation Call for Release of Russian Programmer
Jul 24, 2001, 01:57 (61 Talkback[s])
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The following is a press release from the Electronic Frontier
EFF's page on Sklyarov's case provides some interesting
additional legal documentation.
San Jose, Calif. - Adobe Systems Incorporated
(Nasdaq: ADBE) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today
jointly recommend the release of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov
from federal custody.
Adobe is also withdrawing its support for the criminal complaint
against Dmitry Sklyarov.
"EFF praises Adobe for doing the right thing," said Shari
Steele, EFF Executive Director. "We are pleased to see that Adobe
has lived up to the high standard of integrity that has made the
company successful. While we don't agree on every detail of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), we look forward to working
together with Adobe to secure Dmitry's immediate release."
"We strongly support the DMCA and the enforcement of copyright
protection of digital content," said Colleen Pouliot, Senior Vice
President and General Counsel for Adobe. "However, the prosecution
of this individual in this particular case is not conducive to the
best interests of any of the parties involved or the industry.
ElcomSoft's Advanced eBook Processor software is no longer
available in the United States, and from that perspective the DMCA
worked. Adobe will continue to protect its copyright interests and
those of its customers."
Sklyarov was arrested July 16 on a criminal complaint filed by
the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California under the
DMCA. ElcomSoft is the Moscow-based company employing Sklyarov.