The Land of the Free

By eweek  |  Posted 2001-08-06

You finish your speech. the next thing you know, youre in jail. welcome to America, Dmitry Sklyarov.

Although the Russian programmer and encryption expert may be a free man by the time you read this, his incarceration will not have been in vain if it can help us get rid of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as DMCA.

Sure, there should be legal protections in cyberspace, but there should also be free exchange of information. Its not an easy balance to strike. Even Adobe, which staunchly favors the rights of software vendors and apparently blew the whistle on Sklyarov to begin with, was backpedaling and asking for him to be released once he was apprehended.

While were trying to figure out which laws make sense and which dont in cyberspace, lets at least do one thing right. Lets release Dmitry Sklyarov. Now.

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