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A pre-trial hearing involving the case against Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, who is charged with offences under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), has been postponed.

California-based support site, Sf.freesklyarov.org, reports that a fresh date for the hearing has yet to be set but is expected to still take place in San Jose. Reasons for the delay are unclear but online reports suggest the prosecution requested more time to prepare its case.

Sklyarov, a father of two young children, was arrested July 17 in Las Vegas and charged with distributing a product designed to circumvent copyright protection measures by Adobe's eBook software.

According to Elcomsoft (the firm Sklyarov worked for), its Advanced eBook Processor (AEBPR) software only worked on legitimately purchased eBooks, allowing users to translate from the eBook format to more easily used Portable Document Format (PDF). It said its software is used by people who want to move an eBook between computers and by the blind to read otherwise-inaccessible files.

Sklyarov, who is trying to raise money in order to fight his case, has been released on $50,000 bail and told not to leave California. He has released a statement thanking everybody who has helped him or campaigned on his behalf in what has become a cause celebre. ®

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