Adobe is not planning to aid the Russian programmer who is facing 15 years in jail for alleged copy-control infringements against the company.

Despite its initial support for Dmitry Sklyarov's arrest, Adobe soon fell into line with general calls for the Russian's release. However, the US government has not dropped the charges against Sklyarov, or his Moscow-based company, Elcomsoft.

Adobe general counsel Colleen Pouliot said:

"All we have done is express our public sentiment that we don't support the prosecution of this individual in this particular case. Adobe will do no more than that, she said."

Pouliot also denies that Adobe has any responsibility for Sklyarov's prosecution: "We provided information to the government about what ElcomSoft was doing" and the government made its own decision about whom to arrest and prosecute.

"If Sklyarov does go to jail, that's an outcome our system has provided," Pouliot added.

Sklyarov is indicted on two counts: violating anti-trafficking
laws, for which he faces a five-year sentence; and "aiding
and abetting", which could see him caged for a further ten years.