Russian hacker still in the slammer

— 6:00 AM on August 2, 2001

I think Jon Katz, who regularly contributes at Slashdot, is a noxious, self-serving, lefty ideologue whose middling pseudo-intellectualism barely masks the idiocy of his agenda. However, every now and then, even someone like Katz will stumble upon something worthwhile. His take on the case of the Russian hacker Dmitri Sklyarov strikes a chord, despite Katz's annoying tendency to turn the First Amendment into a religious text. The DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is bad law, and this kid Sklyarov is now a test case for it. Media coverage of the case, as Katz points out, has been thin. Is this kid actually going to end up being prosecuted because he cracked the encyrption scheme in Adobe's eBook software?

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