The public policy section of the ACM is taking the Association of American Publishers to task for its positive statement about the arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov. The letter, from Gene Spafford and Barbara Simmons reminds the AAP that the ACM is a member and presents the argument against the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA. As far as I’m concerned, circumvention of copy protection should not be a crime, even if that circumvention is used to steal copyrighted material. The theft should be the crime, not the circumvention of the protection against theft.