A federal judge says he plans to hold a hearing next month to set a trial date for a case that's the first major ElcomSoft, a Russian company that makes technology that can crack anti-copying features in Adobe Systems' e-books, is accused of violating the DMCA. The case first grabbed attention last summer when ElcomSoft employee Dmitry Sklyarov was by federal law enforcement officials after he gave a speech in the United States about the technology. Charges against Sklyarov were later dropped in exchange for his testimony in the case.of the criminal provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
At a hearing Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte said he expects to rule by May 6 on two defense motions to drop the case. ElcomSoft attorneys have argued that the DMCA's criminal provisions violate free-speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, among other things.