July 24, 2001

Dmitry Sklyarov's arrrest a travesty

Author: JT Smith

Slashdot has commentary on the arrest of a Russian programmer for supposedly violating the DMCA. "The arrest raises questions about the right of individuals -- hackers, reporters,
programmers, kids in their rooms -- to raise public policy issues relating to
software, encryption or security -- without being arrested and jailed, an act more
reminiscent of Stalinist Russia than of a country that once placed considerable
premium on free speech. If the Sklyarov case stands, then discussion of security,
copyright, intellectual property and other issues online will be severely curtailed.
This is serious stuff."

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