Dmitri and DMCA

Lyrics © 2001 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa. TTTO: ``Charlie on the MCA'' Please send donations to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in lieu of royalties.

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N ow let me tell you the story of a m an named Dmitri
On that tr agic and fateful d ay
He left his h ome in Russia, caught a pl ane for Las Vegas,
Got caught  up in D MC A.
And did he e ver return? No, he never returned,
And his fate is still unl earned.
He may r ot forever in a f ederal prison
He's a m an who n ever ret urned.
Now Dmitri wrote a paper about Adobe's eBook format
And its copy protection flaw
And he wrote a little program that let folks recover passwords
And make backups as allowed by law.

But the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Is a law that says you can't invent,
Produce, sell or describe any device or program
Such protection for to circumvent.

So instead of thanking Dmitri for his help with their software
And for speaking freely what he'd learned,
They called in the FBI and had Dmitri arrested
He's a man who never returned.

Now there's one more little detail about copy protection
So ironic that it must be told:
If you can't make backup copies it's illegal in Russia
Where Adobe eBooks can't be sold!

Now you citizens and readers, don't you think it's a scandal
How the people have to pay and pay?
Fight for fair use rights, fight to free Dmitri,
And to bring down the DMCA!
Or else he'll never return. No, he'll never return,
And his fate will be unlearned.
He may rot forever in a federal prison
He's a man who never returned.

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