Adobe Says, 'Let the Man Go Free'

From: Barbara Lamar (
Date: Tue Jul 24 2001 - 14:14:33 MDT

Since Dmitry Sklyarov's arrest has been a recent topic of discussion, I'm
forwarding this from another list. Several links at the end.



Adobe Says, 'Let the Man Go Free'

Suddenly, Adobe wants to be Dmitry Sklyarov's buddy. He's the Russian
programmer who got thrown in jail last week for writing software that
breaks the encryption on Adobe's eBook format. While "free Dmitry"
became a rallying cry, and racked up Web hits, Adobe
met with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Both parties
emerged with a smile and a PR coup, but no "get out of jail free"

"In a stunning turn of events, Adobe abruptly bowed to public outcry
and recommended the release of a Russian programmer who was arrested
for writing code-breaking software," wrote Wired News' Declan
McCullagh. That's "partly because the program he wrote that prompted
the criminal complaint was no longer being sold by his employer," said
Reuters. The disputed software "is no longer available in the United
States, and from that perspective the DMCA worked," said Adobe in a
statement, referring to the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright
Act that got Sklyarov busted. So don't make Adobe an honorary member
of the EFF just yet.


Release the Russian, Adobe Says,1283,45489,00.html

Sklyarov Release in Fed's Hands,1283,45484,00.html

Adobe backtracks, seeks release of Russian programmer (Reuters)

Adobe: Free the Russian programmer

Adobe Folds!

Adobe Withdraws Support For Russian Programmer Prosecution

We Win!


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