March 5, 2002

Adobe hackers: We're immune

Author: JT Smith

Wired: 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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