Pretrial Hearings in Sklyarov/ElcomSoft case to begin March 4, 2002 Defense lawyers will challenge DMCA, legal jurisdiction over Russian company
26 November 2001
After fading from the headlines for several months, the criminal case of the United States versus Dmitry Sklyarov and his ElcomSoft employers appears to be set for considerable attention in the coming months. At a federal court hearing today in San Jose, CA, attorneys representing the Moscow, Russia-based software programmer and company agreed with U.S. government prosecutors to file motions in the case. Pretrial hearings are slated to begin March 4.
According to Associated Press' reports, defense attorneys "intend to challenge aspects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and whether prosecutors here have jurisdiction" over the Russian defendants. The software at the heart of the criminal charges, which decrypts Adobe Systems' eBook security, was developed in Russia and marketed globally from the ElcomSoft Web site.
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