Factual Background Edit
In the first criminal prosecution for trafficking in violation of the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a Russian computer programmer, Dimitri Sklyarov, was arrested in July 2001 in Las Vegas where he was attending a computer “hacker” convention.
He was subsequently indicted. Mr. Sklyarov was alleged to have developed a software program that unlocked Adobe System’s “eBook Reader.” The eBook reader program protects the copyright holder’s interest in an electronic book by limiting computer access to the encrypted eBook. But the program, “Advanced eBook Processor,” developed by Mr. Sklyarov, and marketed by Elcomsoft Ltd. in Moscow through its website, enabled consumers who purchase an encrypted eBook from an online bookseller to “unlock” it. Advanced eBook Processor decrypts an eBook so that it can be opened in any Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat reader. Once converted, the PDF file has no effective protections against copying, editing, or printing of the eBook.
Charges dropped Edit
In December 2001, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that in exchange for Mr. Sklyarov’s cooperation in its suit against Elcomsoft, the Government would drop charges against him.
- ↑ U.S. Department of Justice, Press Release, "Russian National Enters Into Agreement with the United States on First Digital Millennium Copyright Act Case" (Dec. 13, 1001)..