Russian CEO defends copying rights

Russian programmer Alexander Katalov landed in Moscow a week ago just in time to celebrate his wife's birthday.

The flight came at the end of what the ElcomSoft CEO hopes will be his last trip to the United States for a while.

Katalov has spent many months away from his family since last July, when his company found itself on the wrong side of the law as a defendant in the first major test case of the criminal provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The Russian company faces charges that it offered technology that can be used to crack protections on Adobe Systems' e-books. ElcomSoft's software, which is no longer available, has placed the company squarely in the cross fire of the controversial DMCA, which prohibits distribution of technology that can circumvent copy protections.

It has also served as a test of the company's resources and reputation. Prosecutors in the case have painted ElcomSoft as a shadowy enterprise, a characterization that Katalov wants to dismiss almost as much as the criminal charges.

News source: Cnet

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