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Russian Programmer Returns To Moscow

2 Jan, 2002 By: Hive News

Russian computer programmer Dimitri Sklyarov is back in his homeland but has agreed to cooperate with American authorities in their efforts to prosecute his employer, Elcomsoft Co., in a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) case.

Sklyarov developed a program that cracks the copy protections of Adobe eBook files, a variation on PDF files. The enhancements he developed as part of his doctoral dissertation let users copy, print and transmit digital books and have their computers read them aloud. The government's case accuses him and Elcomsoft of skirting the DMCA.

Sklyarov was held for under an Aug. 28 Grand Jury indictment and charged with two counts of "trafficking for gain in technology primarily designed to circumvent technology that protects the right of a copyright owner" and one count of conspiracy. He was released on $50,000 bail after 21 days.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) let him return to Moscow last week on the condition that he phone in his whereabouts to the pretrial services department and to participate in pretrial depositions. The DOJ postponed prosecute Sklyarov individually until after that case is over and to drop the charges against him pending the resolution of the case.

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