FC: Adobe bows to pressure, recommends release of Russian hacker

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 16:54:50 PDT

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       Release the Russian, Adobe Says
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
       4:33 p.m. July 23, 2001 PDT
       WASHINGTON -- In a stunning turn of events, Adobe abruptly bowed to
       public outcry and recommended the release of a Russian programmer who
       was arrested for writing code-breaking software.
       Late Monday, Adobe officials said they had changed their minds and no
       longer believed that Dmitry Sklyarov should be prosecuted for alleged
       copyright infringement.
       "We strongly support (federal copyright law) and the enforcement of
       copyright protection of digital content," Colleen Pouliot, general
       counsel for Adobe, said in a statement. "However, the prosecution of
       this individual in this particular case is not conducive to the best
       interests of any of the parties involved or the industry."
       Adobe's announcement came as hundreds of geeks-turned-activists
       protested Sklyarov's arrest in at least 10 cities, with about 100
       marchers descending on the company's San Jose headquarters, and
       representatives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation met with Adobe
       officials to try and broker a deal.
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