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posted by martyb on Wednesday March 17 2021, @06:44AM   Printer-friendly
from the still-crazy-world dept.

Adobe Goes After 27-Year Old 'Pirated' Copy of Acrobat Reader 1.0 for MS-DOS * TorrentFreak:

Today, there are many popular PDF readers available but Adobe’s original ‘Acrobat Reader’ is still the go-to software for many. Needless to say, Adobe doesn’t want third-parties to pirate its software, so the company regularly sends out DMCA notices to remove infringing copies.

[...] While this is totally understandable when it comes to newer releases, F-Secure researcher Mikko Hyppönen found out that Adobe’s takedown efforts go far beyond that.

In a recent tweet, Hyppönen mentioned that the software company removed one of his tweets that linked to an old copy of Acrobat Reader for MS-DOS. This software, hosted on WinWorld, came out more than 27-years ago, shortly after the PDF was invented.

The security researcher posted the tweet five years ago and at the time there were no issues. The message was copied a few weeks ago by his own Twitter bot, which reposts all his original tweets five years later.

“They sent a DMCA notice to my bot (@mikko__2016) when it posted that tweet on the tweet’s 5th anniversary. The original tweet is fine,” Hyppönen notes.

While the original tweet is still up, the reposted message was swiftly removed by Twitter. Not just that, the bot’s account was locked as well, which is standard practice nowadays.

Looking more closely at the takedown notice, we see that it was sent by the “brand protection analyst” at Incopro, which is one of Adobe’s anti-piracy partners. It doesn’t provide any further details on the reasons for taking it down, other than an alleged copyright infringement.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by DannyB on Wednesday March 17 2021, @07:05PM (2 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 17 2021, @07:05PM (#1125454) Journal

    How many remember Apple's TrueType font and why it was created? Adobe's abusive monopolistic control of its Type 1 fonts and rendering engine was why Apple created TrueType. Microsoft immediately jumped on board with TrueType. Licensing from Apple was basically a no-brainer compared to dealing with Adobe. One key contention was that Adobe would not publish how it's Type 1 font hinting worked for rasterizing outline fonts onto a small grid, such as 9-point fonts. As I remember it, Adobe then published this, but then realized this destroyed their monopoly, and wanted a "do over" so they could keep licensing. Of course, that was too late. I remember Adobe eventually caving to fully describe Postscript, the fonts, etc, in published books. My recollection of this may be a bit fuzzy because it was so long ago.

    One thing that was much more recent and I remember more vividly was Dmitry Sklyarov. [] circa 2001. In a nutshell: Adobe sells an e-book locking mechanism to publishers so only authorized users can read the e-book, preventing "piracy" (omg!). Dimitry arrives in US to speak at event in Las Vegas revealing how astonishingly insecure Adobe's e-book locking mechanism is and how easy to bypass it is. Adobe sicks the FIB on Dimitry. He was arrested. His passport is seized, he can't return to Russia to his wife and six month old child. Wow he must have committed some kind of crime.

    It wasn't Dimitry's fault Adobe's system was so trivially insecure. (Not unlike Microsoft in this same time period, circa 2001.) Maybe the American Publishers Association who supported Adobe's arrest of Dimitry should instead have been pissed off at Adobe for selling them such a shoddy security mechanism. This was one of the early tragedies of the then new DMCA. (draconian monsterous copyright abomination)

    Since nobody defrags SSDs anymore, they are more (or less?) prone to failure of their seek mechanisms.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 18 2021, @02:31AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 18 2021, @02:31AM (#1125642)

    You misremember a bit. The warrant was because he wrote a utility that allowed Russian citizens in Russia to back up copy protected e-books in compliance with Russian law.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday March 18 2021, @01:56PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 18 2021, @01:56PM (#1125762) Journal

      Now that you mention it, I do remember that. But what he came to Las Vegas to do was to give a talk about how weak Adobe's product was.

      Since nobody defrags SSDs anymore, they are more (or less?) prone to failure of their seek mechanisms.