RUSSIA - Dec. 13 - Sklyarov To Return To Moscow.Lawyers for Dmitri Sklyarov, a 26-year-old programmer and a first person charged under a controversial digital copyright law, reach a compromise with the US federal prosecutor's office for the Northern District of California that will defer prosecution against him in exchange for his co-operation in the prosecution of his Moscow-based employer, ElcomSoft. He will return to Moscow on Dec. 21, five months after he was arrested for writing a programme that allowed people to decrypt To convert secretly coded data (encrypted data) back into its original form. Contrast with encrypt. See plaintext and cryptography. electronic books. The federal prosecutor's office statement says Sklyarov is obligated ob·li·gate
tr.v. ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing, ob·li·gates
1. To bind, compel, or constrain by a social, legal, or moral tie. See Synonyms at force.
2. To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige. to "appear at the trial and testify truthfully. The case against the ElcomSoft is going forward, and Sklyarov will presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. be a witness". The trial is set for April 15, 2002. The pending charges against Sklyarov will be dropped if he does not violate any laws during a period of court supervision of at least one year, or until the trial ends. ElcomSoft CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Alex Katalov says: "This decision actually liberates us from worrying about Dmitri going to jail. Now this risk is removed, the company can pursue its own defence more aggressively". (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law which implements two 1996 WIPO treaties. It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services that are used to measures that control access to copyrighted works (commonly , approved in 1998, has pitted the media industry against some civil libertarians and computer programmers. Critics contend that the copyright law is too far-reaching because it restricts activities that are not directly related to actual copying of protected material, such as encryption research. Sklyarov was arrested in July at the so-called Def Con For other uses, see Defcon (disambiguation).
DEF CON (also written as DEFCON or Defcon) is the world's largest annual hacker convention, held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first DEF CON took place in June 1993. computer hacker convention at Las Vegas, where he was speaking on his graduate thesis on e-book security. Adobe Systems had complained to the FBI because ElcomSoft was selling the Advanced eBook Processor, which could strip the encryption off Adobe's books, for $99 over the Internet. As a result of the arrest, Moscow warned programmers to be careful with their computer-related activities with the US, noting that the scope of the copyright law may extend beyond US borders. ElcomSoft contends that the decryption (cryptography) decryption - Any procedure used in cryptography to convert ciphertext (encrypted data) into plaintext. programme is legal in Russia).