December 07, 2002

Cases, Trials, Stakes

This week, we've had the Elcomsoft trial (Dmitry Sklyarov), which started out as a criminal case (Sklyarov spent months in jail even before the trial, then had the charges dropped against him in return for testimony).

Jon Johansen's trial is next week, December 9 - 13. Note this is also a criminal case.

I've been following, with great interest, Edelman v. N2H2 ("I don't want to go to jail. I want to go to law school.") - though that's a declaratory case (i.e., pre-emptive). I suspect a decision is near in that one, though I could be wrong.
(Update: I'm wrong - the latest information is that there won't be a decision until at least March 2003)

A week and a half from now is the deadline for DMCA exemption submissions. My slogan: "The lawsuit you prevent may be your own"

Sigh. This isn't a game. It's frustrating that so many people don't seem to understand that. This isn't a playground, where we go inside for milk and cookies after we finish calling each other names. It's not a pointless flame-war, where we can shut off our computers and go out for drinks later. The stakes are very, very, real.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on December 07, 2002 05:11 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups

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