[linux-elitists] Lessig, NYT "Jail Time in the Digital Age"

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Mon Jul 30 09:53:24 PDT 2001

Excellent op-ed by Lessig in today's NYT.  I'm trying to get a decent
print to bring along to SF. 

    JUL 30, 2001
    Jail Time in the Digital Age

    Something is going terribly wrong with copyright law in America. Mr.
    Sklyarov himself did not violate any law, and his employer did not
    violate anyone's copyright. What his program did was to enable the
    user of an Adobe eBook Reader to disable restrictions that the
    publisher of a particular electronic book formatted for Adobe's
    reader might have imposed. Adobe's eBook Reader, for example, has a
    read-aloud function. With it, the computer will read out loud an
    appropriately formatted eBook text. A publisher can disable that
    function for a particular eBook. Mr. Sklyarov's program would enable
    the purchaser of such a disabled eBook to overcome the restriction.
    A blind person, for example, could use ElcomSoft's program to listen
    to a book.

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