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(Pravda)   Russian programmer Smitry Sklyarov threatened with 25 years imprisonment over DMCA violation   ( divider line
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2001-08-30 02:47:38 PM  
I think they should hang that commie pinko hacker.
2001-08-30 03:03:54 PM  
Hang him! Why? He's just a programmer who was smart enough to find a crack. If I were them I'd just hire the guy not take him to court.
2001-08-30 03:07:09 PM  
adobe are a bunch of whining losers who can't admit that their copy-protection schemes were weak, half-assed efforts that would have been cracked within days anyway. if anything, this guy was doing them a favor by pointing it out to them. BOYCOTT ADOBE!
2001-08-30 03:08:40 PM  
Threatening 25 years?! Its not like he was trading national secrets. Hopefully he will only get a slap on the wrist. The DMCA is ridiculous to begin with.
2001-08-30 03:09:22 PM  
Didnt the last guy held down for espinage get less than 25 years?
2001-08-30 03:11:51 PM  
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2001-08-30 03:14:05 PM  
Pfft.. if you let him off with a slap on the wrist, next thing you know, he will discover a way to put cd's on the internet, where people can download them and copy them. Imagine the disaster that would be for our nation.
2001-08-30 03:14:21 PM  
I think it would've been funnier if he sent Viagra to Adobe's founder instead of writing software, and a paper, and attending a convention where his accomplishments were being acknowledged. I mean, come on, if you're going to poke fun at the ineffectiveness of someone's encryption, you shouldn't do it so seriously!
2001-08-30 03:14:27 PM  
The worst thing this guy did is create a 'reader' program for adobe files for the macintosh platform... that was previously unavailable from anywhere else - whilst adding a larger audience to adobe's feild of view. They should be thanking him, hiring him, or paying him large sums of money for his product.

or maybe I'm just a dumbass... (it's been known to happen)
2001-08-30 03:27:34 PM  
I'd be scared because the guy looks just like Matthew Broderick.....can anyone say "global thermonuclear war"?
2001-08-30 03:29:48 PM  
search gnutella for "crack". multiply the number of unique cracks you find by 25. multiply that number by, say, 25,000. This is an extremely rough and worthless estimate for the number of dollars needed to pay for every cracker's imprisonment. (that is, as long as they are all from the US and get sent to jail for 25 years costing $20000 a year, and as long as the only cracks that exist are made by one person and are all on the gnutella hosts within your search's reach)

that is all.
2001-08-30 03:34:24 PM  
Didn't Matthew Broderick escape a vehicular manslaughter wrap?
2001-08-30 03:44:03 PM  
Basically how it went down is the company that he works for created this ebook unlock program to add functionality to ebooks that legally is supposed to be there by Russian law (they have the right to be able to copy their software for backup and use as they choose). At first it was his name in the Copyright name but later it was changed to the company name. He is not being held for making the crack. He is, instead, being held for doing his Powerpoint presentation at DefCon about the weakness of Adobe's ebook protection scheme.

Now he's been held in the US for over a month without seeing his wife or two young children because the software aides in the distribution of copyrighted materials. On the surface it is a rediculous act, as holding the maker of (or presenter of) software that requires that you have either your issued ebook password or the admin ebook password to unlock your copy of the book is as wrong as suing the manufacturers of blank CD's or CD copying software because someone could possibly use them to distribute illegal copies of copyrighted material.

If this was an American citizen being held in the Middle East for doing a presentation on how he uses the Internet back in America, the power and fury of the US Govnt would come down on that country. Instead, the CIA sees this as an ability to turn a "commie bastard" into a whipping boy.

Adobe now says that Dmitry should go free, which is a joke. They gave the information to the feds and now there is nothing that Adobe can do to stop the wheels of justice. If they meant what they said about how Dmitry should be freed I'd like to see them pay for his legal bills.

Enough. I recommend that all of you folks out there who use Photoshop for the mucking around of images instead try The Gimp. There are versions both in the Linux and Windows platforms, which should cover all but the hardcore Mac users. There is no more of a learning curve than was with Photoshop, and it is farking FREE. Not to mention the loads of free plugins available out there.
2001-08-30 03:45:13 PM  
Not to mention "Gimp this pic" sounds much cooler.
2001-08-30 03:50:11 PM  
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2001-08-30 03:56:02 PM  
Russian programmer Smitry Sklyarov threatened with 25 years imprisonment over DMCA violation

2001-08-30 04:50:20 PM  
Hell, I boycott Adobe because their products suck, their support is nonexistent, and even their printer drivers suck. This is just ridiculous.
2001-08-30 05:00:17 PM  
ok, point proven - /me's a dumbass once again. Thanks harveyfish for setting the facts straight
2001-08-30 05:43:32 PM  
Actually I am hoping that this case can be used to create a judicial challenge of the DMCA. If that happens it will be found that this law violates fair use copywrite policy thereby over turning the law because it goes counter to copywrite precedent. Which is just as devestating as for a law as being unconstitutional.

I mean I feel really sorry for this guy, but he may end up serving a greater good in the long run.
2001-08-30 06:11:46 PM  
This is a shiatty law, and needs to be overturned or repealed. However, that last comment really irks me. "...but he may end up serving a greater good in the long run."

That probably makes him feel all warm and fuzzy inside, knowing that he's being sacrificed for the greater good.

John Galt is coming.
2001-08-30 06:38:10 PM  
He'll serve a greater good alright.

But it'll be one of two goods:

1 -- This is the one most Americans, including myself, want -- as Code_Archeologist said, he'll create a judicial challenge which will eventually demolish the DMCA.

2 -- This is the one Corporate America wants, unfortunately -- being the "evil hacker" that he is, Dmitry will serve the "greater good" of being some guy named Bubba's girlfriend in prison. That'll teach him to circumvent "copy protection."
2001-08-30 06:51:09 PM  
Before you know it, you'll get 25 years for taking apart your toaster.
2001-08-30 07:21:30 PM  
Well I won't apologize for my statement. Hell it could have been me there the way I look at it. And I really do feel sympathy for the shiat he is going through, but I tend to take a utilitarian view of things.
2001-08-30 08:17:00 PM  
Adobe actually dropped their charges a couple of weeks ago. It's the US government that is trying to prosecute him now. There is now a campaign on to get adobe to pay all his legal costs because they started this crap in the first place.
2001-08-30 10:28:08 PM  
hehe.. i'm pure evil. being canadian, and using a warez version of adobe 6. muahhaha..
2001-08-30 10:31:38 PM  
Wow, this is, like, the first time a pravda post wasn't marked "Interesting"
2001-08-30 11:47:20 PM  
He'll serve a greater good alright.

It's a shame that he has to be the guinea pig for the US's shiatty law.

Adobe dropped charges... why is he still imprisoned?
2001-08-31 01:31:57 AM  
because he still broke a federal law, hence the FBI is after him for doing that and are going to prosecute him for it, even though the people who first reported it no longer hold charges against him.
2001-08-31 04:11:32 AM  
Dmitry was a bit naive presenting to a hacker's conference, and I'd heard he could get 5 years. But shiat, 5 weeks is too long to be held in a foreign country over this stupid law. American protectionism at its best.
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