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EFFector - Volume 14, Issue 16 - EFF Rejoins "Free Dmitry" Protests After Meeting with US Attorney's Office

   EFFector       Vol. 14, No. 16       July 27, 2001     editor@eff.org

   A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424

    In the 176th Issue of EFFector (now with over 28,000 subscribers!):

     * EFF Rejoins "Free Dmitry" Protests After Meeting with US
       Attorney's Office
     * Adobe, Electronic Frontier Foundation Call for Release of Russian
       Programmer Dmitry Sklyarov
     * Join EFF in Fundraising Dinner with Ed Felten, Washington, D.C.,
       Aug. 15.
     * Attention Musicians: Sign up to Play at EFF's Share-In Music
       Festival
     * Administrivia

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EFF Rejoins "Free Dmitry" Protests

  After Meeting with US Attorney's Office

    For Immediate Release: July 27, 2001

    Contact:

     Robin Gross, EFF Staff Attorney - Intellectual Property,
       +1 415-436-9333 x112,
       robin@eff.org

   [NOTE: Will Doherty will be out of the office until
   August 8, so please direct media requests to Robin
   or to press@eff.org]

   San Francisco, CA - Representatives of the Electronic Frontier
   Foundation (EFF) met with representatives of the U.S. Attorney's
   office in San Francisco today. There was a productive dialog, however
   the U.S. Attorney's office did not agree to drop the prosecution
   against Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov.

   "The people from the U.S. Attorney's office heard our concerns and
   asked probing questions about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,"
   explained EFF's Executive Director Shari Steele. "However, they did
   not give any indication of their plans for Dmitry, so we encourage
   everyone to keep up the pressure and join the protests."

   Having explored good faith negotiations, the Electronic Frontier
   Foundation rejoins the call for nonviolent protests worldwide to
   secure the immediate release of Dmitry Sklyarov and drop all criminal
   charges against him.

   A protest is already scheduled in San Francisco for 11:30am this
   coming Monday, July 30, at the Federal Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate
   Ave. Additional July 30th protests are scheduled in Los Angeles,
   Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis, and future protests will likely
   occur in 25 or more cities worldwide in coming weeks.

   For the latest information on the Sklyarov case, including media
   releases and legal filings, updated on a regular basis, see:
     http://www.eff.org/Legal/Cases/US_v_Sklyarov/

   For information on related DMCA cases, see:
   &nbps; http://www.eff.org/Legal/Cases/Felten_v_RIAA/
     http://www.eff.org/IP/DMCA/

   Two sites that are organizing protests:
     http://www.freesklyarov.org/
     http://www.freedmitry.org/

   To join the free-sklyarov mailing list, see:
     http://zork.net/mailman/listinfo/free-sklyarov/

  About EFF:

   The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties
   organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded
   in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and
   government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the
   information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and
   maintains one of the most linked-to Web sites in the world:
     http://www.eff.org/

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Adobe, Electronic Frontier Foundation Call for Release

  of Russian Programmer Dmitry Sklyarov

    Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release

    For Immediate Release: July 23, 2001

    Contact for EFF:

     Robin Gross, EFF Staff Attorney - Intellectual Property,
       robin@eff.org,
       +1 415-436-9333 x112

    Contact for Adobe:

     Holly Campbell, Senior Corporate Public Relations Manager,
       campbell@adobe.com,
       +1 408-536-6401

   San Jose, Calif. - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) and the
   Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today jointly recommend the
   release of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov from federal custody.

   Adobe is also withdrawing its support for the criminal complaint
   against Dmitry Sklyarov.

   "EFF praises Adobe for doing the right thing," said Shari Steele, EFF
   Executive Director. "We are pleased to see that Adobe has lived up to
   the high standard of integrity that has made the company successful.
   While we don't agree on every detail of the Digital Millennium
   Copyright Act (DMCA), we look forward to working together with Adobe
   to secure Dmitry's immediate release."

   "We strongly support the DMCA and the enforcement of copyright
   protection of digital content," said Colleen Pouliot, Senior Vice
   President and General Counsel for Adobe. "However, the prosecution of
   this individual in this particular case is not conducive to the best
   interests of any of the parties involved or the industry. ElcomSoft's
   Advanced eBook Processor software is no longer available in the United
   States, and from that perspective the DMCA worked. Adobe will continue
   to protect its copyright interests and those of its customers."

   Sklyarov was arrested July 16 on a criminal complaint filed by the
   U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California under the DMCA.
   ElcomSoft is the Moscow-based company employing Sklyarov.

  About Adobe Systems Incorporated

   Adobe Systems Incorporated ( http://www.adobe.com ) builds award
   winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web,
   print, video, wireless and broadband applications. Its graphic design,
   imaging, dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create,
   manage and deliver visually-rich, reliable content. Headquartered in
   San Jose, Calif., Adobe is the second largest PC software company in
   the U.S., with annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion.

  About the Electronic Frontier Foundation

   The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties
   organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded
   in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and
   government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the
   information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and
   maintains one of the most linked-to websites in the world:
     http://www.eff.org/

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Join EFF in Fundraising Dinner with Ed Felten

  Washington, D.C., Aug. 15.

   Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation in celebration of the
   presentation of Professor Ed Felten's Reading Between the Lines:
   Lessons from the SDMI Challenge at the USENIX Security Symposium on
   August 15th, 2001! Come and meet Professor Felten, his research team,
   and legal team, and support EFF's legal battle to get this paper
   presented. We will be dining at the prestigious Red Sage restaurant
   after the panel discussion on SDMI/DMCA, which runs from 6:30 - 7:00
   on the evening of August 15th.

   The Red Sage is just around the block from the J.W. Marriott Hotel. We
   will be gathering in the Continental room at 7:30, and dinner will
   begin at 8:00.

   Come support the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in defending our
   rights to think, speak, and share our ideas, thoughts, and needs using
   new technologies!

   Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership
   organization working to protect our fundamental rights regardless of
   technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public
   about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a
   defender of those liberties. Among our various activities, EFF opposes
   misguided legislation, initiates and defends court cases preserving
   individuals' rights, launches global public campaigns, introduces
   leading edge proposals and papers, hosts frequent educational events,
   engages the press regularly, and publishes a comprehensive archive of
   digital civil liberties information at one of the most linked-to
   websites in the world: http://www.eff.org.

   There are only 25 spots left, so sign up early! Contact Contact Katie
   by email at katie@eff.org or by phone at +1 415-436-9333 x104 to
   reserve a spot. The price of admission to the celebration with the
   Electronic Frontier Foundation, Ed Felten, his research team, and the
   legal team is $250, which includes dinner and wine at the legendary
   Red Sage restaurant.
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Attention Musicians: Sign Up to Play

  at EFF's Share-In Music Festival

     EFF Unplugged: Music Share-In
     Saturday, September 8, 2001
     Stanyan Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Corner of Haight
     and Stanyon)
     2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

   The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) would like to invite you to
   participate in an open air concert event for everyone who loves music.
   EFF Unplugged will feature musicians from around the Bay Area
   performing acoustically in Golden Gate Park. Artists participating in
   this event will permit recording of their performances by those in
   attendance in support of EFF's Open Audio License (OAL).

   The OAL was developed to help artists share their work with others
   without giving up the recognition they deserve for creating the art.
   Based on the open source and free software initiatives for software
   development, the open audio license encourages artists to share with
   one another and their fans and to build upon the works of others.

   Adoption of the OAL does not mean that an artist does not get
   compensated for his or her work. On the contrary--the OAL permits
   artists to share single tracks or performances, with recognition, that
   could lead to sales of additional music. EFF is extremely sensitive to
   supporting new models of music distribution in the digital world that
   see more money going to the artists themselves. One of the great
   qualities of the Internet is that packaging and distributing music,
   which is where most of the money is currently spent by record
   companies, is trivial. EFF is committed to developing tools that
   empower artists to take control over their own art and to be
   compensated appropriately for their works.

   EFF believes that many of the laws and technologies being developed
   today to protect intellectual property actually harm the public's
   First Amendment and fair use rights and make criminals of people doing
   perfectly legitimate things. We are striving to help artists realize
   the full potential of the Internet for reaching their fans by
   challenging restrictive laws in courtrooms and through public
   education events, like this one.

   In addition to several stages of acoustical music, the Share-In will
   showcase numerous artist booths, where musicians can sell their music
   and merchandise to the public. In addition, there will be booths
   hosted by EFF and outside sponsors, including artists' rights
   organizations and independent labels. For more information about
   participating in EFF's Music Share-In, contact:

     Katina Bishop, EFF Director of Education and Offline Activism,
       +1 415-436-9333 x101,
       katina@eff.org

   Information about EFF's Open Audio License is available at:
     http://www.eff.org/IP/Open_licenses/

   EFF is the leading civil liberties organization working to protect
   rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages
   and challenges everyone to support free expression, privacy, and
   openness in the information society. EFF is a member-supported
   organization and maintains one of the most linked-to websites in the
   world at:
     http://www.eff.org/
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