Dmitry's Going Home for Christmas

by David Sims

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The Associated Press reports that federal prosecutors have struck a deal with Dmitry Sklyarov, to drop charges against the Russian programmer in exchange for his testimony against his employer ElComSoft Co. Sklyarov was arrested in Las Vegas in July, where he was speaking at DefCon, the hackers' convention. He spoke on weaknesses in Adobe eBook's digital rights management scheme; for that, the Feds said he had violated the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He could have faced up to 25 years in prison. Sklyarov, who's been under house arrest in the Bay Area, will give a deposition and then, presumably, fly home to his family.