[linux-elitists] Lessig, NYT "Jail Time in the Digital Age"
Karsten M. Self
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
By LAWRENCE LESSIG
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.
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? There is no K5 cabal
Free Dmitry!! Boycott Adobe!! Repeal the DMCA!! http://www.freedmitry.org
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