When Dmitry Sklyarov, a programmer employed by the Russian software firm Elcomsoft, was arrested by federal agents in July of 2001 for giving a speech in which he talked about how Adobe's eBook content could be copied, a series of nationwide protests followed, targeting Adobe offices and Federal Buildings.
Adobe quickly caved in to the pressure and issued a statement asking the government to drop all charges. The agents of the Federal Government decided to press charges for violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act anyway, and Sklyarov continued to sit in jail. Eventually Sklyarov accepted a plea bargain in which he agreed to testify against his employer in exchange for his own freedom.
The Elcomsoft trial started two weeks ago and today the jury announced their verdict today. Elcomsoft HAS BEEN FOUND INNOCENT of digital copyright violation charges. Dmitry Sklyarov is STILL FREE. The DMCA has been dealt a serious blow. With any luck the excessively restrictive provisions of the DMCA, which in my opinion place unfair limits on fair use, free speech, and software development, will be struck down in the days and years to come.