Russian firm found innocent in copyright trial

Wednesday, 18 December 2002, 1:11 PM EST

The case against Elcomsoft Ltd. was the most high-profile under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which many in the technology industry consider unduly restrictive.

If it had been convicted, Elcomsoft could have been fined $2 million, with additional penalties if intent was determined.

The young Elcomsoft programmer who developed the software, Dmitry Sklyarov, became a lightning rod for hacker rights after his arrest last year after attending a hacker convention in Las Vegas.

Sklyarov, an assistant professor at Moscow Technical University, spent several weeks in jail before the government agreed to drop charges against him in exchange for his testimony at Elcomsoft's trial.

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