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Sklyarov, Elcomsoft Plead Not Guilty 484

Posted by michael
from the if-the-bits-dont-fit,-you-must-acquit dept.
squared99 writes: "I'm sure it has already flooded slashdot, but Dmitri has entered his plea, not guilty. This NYTimes article talks about it. Not sure I like the mention of bumper stickers, as opposed to the real people who have been protesting, but at least it talks about the support he has been getting. It even appeared as one the main newsworthy item on my daily NYTimes newsletter, Yay! Let's keep up the support and protests. As my brother said to me the other day, "The only way to beat bullies is to stand up to them."" See also Elcomsoft's statement about the case, a story in the Boston Globe, and this cute fable about a DMCA future. Update: 08/31 19:37 PM GMT by M : one more link - the Russian Foreign Ministry has warned its programmers not to travel to the United States.
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Sklyarov, Elcomsoft Plead Not Guilty

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  • by bonzoesc (155812) <bkerley@brycekerl e y . net> on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:31PM (#2240482) Homepage
    Maybe they got confused and meant "The only way to beat bullies is bullets." Remember, ranged weapons are here for the scrawny guys like us.
  • Bullies (Score:2, Funny)

    by Maskirovka (255712) on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:33PM (#2240505)
    "The only way to beat bullies is to stand up to them."

    I like this Tom Clany quote better:

    There are two ways you can deal with bullies
    You can shock them; or
    you can kill them.

    Needless to say there are at least 50000 bullies (ie, industry lobiests) in washington alone, so killing is out. Any great ideas on how to collectively shock them? The sheer logistics are mind bogling, but it would be fun to try 8)

    Maskirovka

    I don't care that my spelling stinks.

  • Re:Bullies (Score:2, Funny)

    by tbone1 (309237) on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:40PM (#2240541) Homepage
    Needless to say there are at least 50000 bullies (ie, industry lobiests) in washington alone, so killing is out.

    Well, if we keep them in DC, they'll probably get shot anyway.

  • by SuiteSisterMary (123932) <<slebrun> <at> <gmail.com>> on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:41PM (#2240544) Journal
    "The Gods made us all, but Armour-Piercing Discarding Sabot rounds made us all equal."
  • by Pope Slackman (13727) on Friday August 31, 2001 @03:15PM (#2240759) Homepage Journal
    The "FREE DIMITRY with every purchase" was great.
    Funniest thing I've read today.

    C-X C-S
  • by jd (1658) <<moc.oohay> <ta> <kapimi>> on Friday August 31, 2001 @03:16PM (#2240763) Homepage Journal
    It seems clear that any action carried out in ANY other country may be grounds for prosecution in ANY OTHER country. (Australia now permits overseas defamation lawsuits, for example.)

    It follows that:

    • Anyone in the US can be tried and convicted of posession of a firearm, should they go to the United Kingdom, whether or not they bring any firearms with them.
    • Anyone in the US who publishes more than 1/3 of their news material in English can be convicted in France for inadequate use of French.
    • Anyone practicing medicine in the US is in -serious- trouble, unless licenced in all 50 States. Practicing -anywhere- in the US could be grounds for deportation and conviction in a State for which the doctor has no licence.

    These sound crazy, don't they? But, really, what's the difference between a South Carolina doctor being convicted of practicing in South Carolina, without a California licence, and some Russian geek being convicted of DMCA "violations" arising from work in Russia?

    Well, other than Russia is a lot further away, isn't even part of the US, and other such details. The doctor example I gave would actually be far more reasonable. At least the alleged events would have happened on the same Continent!

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