[free-sklyarov] newsflash! TV interview available

Alex Fabrikant alexf at hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu
Fri Jul 20 01:53:19 PDT 2001

On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, Alexander Moskalyuk wrote:
> http://www.ktnv.com/news/jul01/top0718.asp

For the benefit of those who don't want to deal with the quirks of KTNV's
flash interface and/or have a difficulty understanding Russian accents,
here's a transcript. Needless to say, all material below is (c)2001 by
KTNV, and you should probably go to their site before reading this and
click some banners anyway just to be fair to the one media source that
actually managed to get access to Dmitriy directly. [FYI: I took the
liberty of taking a couple of phrases that were particularly hard to
understand in English, translating them back to Russian verbatim, and
putting the appropriate English idiomatic equivalent in brackets; pauses
and such preserved to the best of my abilities]

DS: They just uh produce some software which is not...not enough good
["good enough" -AF] and well small Russian company prove that it's not
good, they take some measures to shut up our company. And...and during
my researches, I found that uh many solutions for e-book...electronic
books processing and distribution are insecure, while companies that
provide such solutions claims that solutions are very...very secure
and reliable for publishers. And uh some program was developed which
demonstrates some flaws...security flaws in solutions in different
e-book systems, not only Adobe but some others. And uh that's all. And
that was enough for Adobe to start action against our company. But the
program exists and it can do that she do ["it does what it does"
-AF]. And so uh there is a real proof of insecurity of e-book systems.

CJ: Why are you doing this? You know it's hurting another company. Why
are you doing it? You... Obviously you must know it's
illegal. Why. Did you do this? It's illegal...

DS: It's not illegal in Russia, and I am working in Russia. I am not a
company chief, I am just a programmer. I work for my company and I do
that work that I am...that I am asked for. And uh when I develop this
program I were in Russia and under Russian law and American law can't
be applied to me anyway. And after that company where I am working
decided to distribute the program, but I am not a distributor, I am
just a programmer. So ... so the distribution is not my care ["is not
my responsibility" -AF]. So...

CJ: Did you know that it was illegal in the United States?

DS: I am not sure that providing some ... some facts about insecurity
of other systems is illegal, and that's what all I do.

CJ: They're calling it copyright <mumble>.

DS: I... I just wrote the program to demonstrate security flaws, it's
not for copyright violation.

CJ: And a lot of people are saying that the law that started this is
very controversial. Do you think it will stand up in court? Do you think
you will get off?

DS: I hope I will be get off. I, uh, do nothing illegal.

Alex Fabrikant
alexf at hkn.berkeley.edu

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