this is so easy to go off on tangents about. You make it sound like the
russian programmer was purely benevolent in his intentions when he was
ripping off Adobe - for the blind people? come on, his company was trying
to be able to sell Adobe ebook content without paying Adobe for that right.
One of the problems in all of this, both in the US and the EU mainly, but
everywhere really, is the state of copyright. We're all arguing about the
limits put on the protection and delivery of this information when the
effort and energy on our parts might be better spent to poke at the roots of
copyright and it's place in a modern, electronic society.
Donncha O Caoimh writes:
> I added the following when I posted the link to an internal list here..
> To relate this to every day stuff, here's an example: "I managed to get
> around my house security system, the windows aren't monitored at all!
> There must be something wrong with the alarm, oops, I can't complain
> because it's against the law!"
> Does that seem far fetched? A Russian programmer who reverse engineered
> a very simple encryption on electronic books so that blind people could
> read them spent several weeks in a US prison...
>> That might help clear it up a bit methinks.
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