Adobe plans to produce a DVD-authoring tool at "some time" in 2003, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen has divulged.

The company feels there has been a very fast adoption of DVD products, and the plans are a reaction to this. Meanwhile, Chizen said, Adobe is building authoring capabilities for working with DVD content into some of its products, such as After Effects.

Chizen also claimed his company had never sought the prosecution of Dmitry Skylarov, the programmer accused of breaking US digital copyright protection laws.

He said: "It was never about the programmer, but about the company commercializing the product he developed with the sole purpose of stealing other people's intellectual property."

Copyright issues Adobe sought to prevent the sale in the US of the program developed by Skylarov and sold by his employer, Elcomsoft, a Moscow software house, Chizen said. The program, called Advanced eBook Processor, which the company doesn't sell any more, allowed users to remove the copyright protections of Adobe's eBook Reader software and open eBook documents in the less secure Adobe PDF (portable document format), making them easy to copy.

Chizen said: "It was not us who chose to prosecute the individual. The US government chose to do it. We didn't support the prosecution of the individual, but we fully support the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) and the government's initiative of going after ElcomSoft."

Some feel the DMCA is too restrictive in its aim to protect digital intellectual property, and Chizen acknowledged that there's room to improve the law.

"We support the law. As with every law, there's good aspects to it and bad aspects. But we find the DMCA to be appropriate," he said.

The CEO also confirmed reports that Photoshop 7 for Mac OS X would ship in the first half of the year. "Mac OS X is a very important platform for us," Chizen said, adding that products for Apple's platform generated 27 per cent of Adobe's revenue in its fourth fiscal quarter.