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A jury in a San Jose Federal court just aquitted Elcomsoft of charges they violated the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Their decision reportedly hinged on narrowly proscribed jury instructions which stipulated the Russian-based company had to have “willfully” violated the law. This is the first blow to the DMCA and the government (who brought the charges) cannot appeal the aquittal. Extremely good news for those of us who believe the DMCA criminalizes fair use rights.

- Ella Delaney [Wednesday, December 18th, 2002]

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