Adobe Hackers: We're Immune

    Date04 Mar 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    3029
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Russian company that created software to circumvent Adobe's e-book format argued on Monday that its conduct -- which caused the arrest and detainment of programmer Dmitri Sklyarov in a high-profile case last summer -- was not illegal. Elcomsoft, the Moscow-based software firm, claimed that because it offered the encryption-breaking software on the Internet, the company was not subject to U.S. copyright law.. . . The Russian company that created software to circumvent Adobe's e-book format argued on Monday that its conduct -- which caused the arrest and detainment of programmer Dmitri Sklyarov in a high-profile case last summer -- was not illegal. Elcomsoft, the Moscow-based software firm, claimed that because it offered the encryption-breaking software on the Internet, the company was not subject to U.S. copyright law.

    Joseph Burton, Elcomsoft's attorney, told U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte that Elcomsoft's actions "occurred in Russia or on the Internet, and we take the position that the Internet is a place" outside of U.S. jurisdiction.

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