A federal jury on Dec. 17 acquitted a Russian software firm of digital copyright violations for creating a program that cracks the security features of Adobe Systems' eBook Reader software.

The case against ElcomSoft Ltd. was the most high-profile criminal prosecution under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which many education and consumer-rights groups consider unduly restrictive. Although the jury's verdict doesn't change the law, legal experts say the case was an important test of consumers' rights to use digital movies, images, and books they legally obtain.

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