April 2, 2002

Adobe-hack lawyers: Toss the case

Wired.com reports: "A Russian company accused of criminal copyright violations argued in federal court on Monday that the law it's accused of breaching, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is both unconstitutionally vague and restricts free speech.

Attorneys for Elcomsoft asked U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte to dismiss U.S. v. Elcomsoft, the case that began last July with the arrest of the Russian programmer Dmitri Sklyarov. The attorneys claim the company's software enables "fair use" rights of copyrighted materials -- rights that the Constitution protects."

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