*HCS* Free Dmitry Protest in Boston
bdconnel at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Jul 27 16:15:10 EDT 2001
In case you haven't heard...
Dmitry Sklyarov, a Russian citizen, was recently arrested after coming to
the U.S. to give a talk. His offense, presumably, was to write a program
that decrypts Adobe's "e-book" files. This is perfectly legal in Russia,
where he wrote the program. But in the U.S., it presumably violates the
recently-passed Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), because the
program might conceivably be used for illegal purposes. (Never mind that
it has many legitimate uses as well.) I, and many other people, believe
that the DMCA is unjust, and that Dmitry should be freed.
There's a "Free Dmitry" protest in downtown Boston scheduled for next
Monday, July 30. If you're in the area, and happen to agree with Dmitry's
supporters, come check it out! The web site is here:
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