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Salon: U.S. Embassy to Dmitry Sklyarov: Access Denied

Oct 18, 2002, 01:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Farhad Manjoo)

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"The federal government's case against the Russian software firm ElcomSoft--the first criminal trial under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act--seems to be in legal limbo after two key witnesses were refused entry into the United States in mid-October.

"The American Embassy in Moscow has denied U.S. visas to Dmitry Sklyarov--the Russian programmer jailed in California last year after the government accused him of violating federal copyright law--and his boss, ElcomSoft's CEO, Alexander Katalov.

"The company is accused of violating U.S. law by selling software that strips Adobe eBooks of their copy-protection. Sklyarov and Katalov, who live in Russia, were due to testify in the case, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 21 in San Jose, Calif..."

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