Elcomsoft Lawyer Says That The Internet Is Beyond US's Jurisdiction

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The lawyer for Elcomsoft (the Russian software company that has been charged under the DMCA for creating software that breaks Adobe’s eBook copy protection) is saying that the internet does not fall under US jurisdiction. This is an interesting (and different) tactic to take. I had thought they would argue that the DMCA was bad or didn’t apply, but not that the entire internet is a separate jurisdiction. Of course, if that’s true, then no courts would actually have jurisdiction over the internet. Perhaps that’s what we need: a separate legal system for online cases. I actually think it’s a pretty good idea, as it might be possible to populate it with judges who actually understand the online world. Of course, I doubt this will happen any time soon.

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