December 17, 2002
Elcomsoft Not Guilty

The jury in the DOJ v. Elcomsoft case acquitted the eBook decryption maker on all counts of circumventing the DMCA today.

"The DMCA has clear criminal penalties that can and should be imposed in cases of direct or attempted theft of software and other digital content we would urge prosecutors to continue aggressively pursuing alleged violations of the law," said in a statement from the Business Software Alliance, which seems to mix up piracy with decryption. If the software is lawfully purchased, decrypting it so that it will read back a book for a blind person doesn't seem to be theft, or otherwise illegal according to the Jury.

Posted by Mary Hodder at December 17, 2002 06:11 PM
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