See Leonid's report on the NYC Demonstrations at the NYPL.
As you might know, Dmitry Sklyarov, a Russian computer
arrested and imprisoned on July 16 after presenting a
report at DEF CON
computer security conference. His only crime was to
point out the flaw
in Adobe's software used to protect the content of
eBooks and share
his expertise with his American colleagues.
He was charged under the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act, a piece of
legislation that takes away the rights of individuals
for fair use
of the content that they legally own.
All decent minded individuals dedicated to the freedom of expression and
security in ones property are called upon to appear, verily, at the NY Southern
District Federal Courthouse on July 17th to protest to
destruction of our freedom under the wrath of the DMCA. Requested Dress
might best be 18th Century Colonial and Indian custom, but Tee Shirt and Sun
Tan Lotion would be accepted.
All Yee ready to attend, send up the Lantern, and be ready on a minutes
notice, and by all means -
500 Pearl Street at the Federal Court inside the Court Yard.
We now need Public Relations Releases to the Times, News, Post and TV
and Radio Media (WINS).
We are expecting up to 500 Protesters. Please make time to be there.
I need volunteers now with Paraphernalia, Press Releases, and sign
SIGNS CAN NOT HAVE WOODEN STICKS
NO ELECTRIFIED SOUND
We also need a few speakers.
BTW - the officer who gave us the Permit was blown away that one can be
arrested for playing a DVD on Linux.
Mordichai Gist:: AKA Ruben Safir
From Ruben I. Safir:
The server is down so please spread this far and wide the old fashioned way:
open LIST "list.txt";
open MAIL "|/usr/bin/mail $_";
print MAIL "Come and Protest";
Actually - there must be a better way to do this that's easy on the I/O
On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Ruben I Safir wrote:
I just got off national television on Good Morning America with the Linux
Mall people - if you didn't catch my 4 seconds of fame - holding a Linux Rules
sign behind Al Rooker.
Anyway - I need a show of voices for everyone planning to attend the
Demonstration at the Court House on July 14th???
Jim Gleason wrote:
Your timing is impeccable. We just started to organize ourselves at last
week's NYLUG.org meeting. Our primary organizer is Ruben Safir (212-998-9806,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) I've copied him on this
mail, so he should be getting in touch with you today. Ruben does need help
today with regard to permits. Who can he reach over at the National Lawyers Guild.
The main question is - shall we march outside the courthouse on July 17th?
That has been our tentative plan for sometime, but we are looking to you for
Please watch for correspondence from Ruben since as he will be handling the
logistics and the organizing for NYLUG.org.
We all look forward to meeting you and Emmanuel,
On Fri, 23 Jun 2000, Don Marti wrote:
If someone is already organizing an event outside the courthouse on the
17th, it would be a good idea to mail Jim, since he has a good-sized list of
Linux users who can come out and participate.
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 13:59:38 -0400 (EDT)
As Jay and Billy indicate, the trial MPAA vs 2600 begins on July 17th.
As discussed at the last meeting, NYLUG.org seeks a volunteer to lead a
protest on this day. This person would be enabled with decision-making
authority and sanction on behalf of NYLUG.org to build team if needed, secure
permits on behalf of NYLUG.org, put the call out to standby-marchers, and
assemble the protesters in an appropriate spot, if not the courthouse, for
I work just 5 blocks from the courthouse and will surely be there. However,
I know that I will be unable to organize the effort. Many people have
expressed interest and also want to prioterst, but I am looking for someone to
rally these troops.
If you are interested, please write me back with "I CAN GET THE
PERMITS" in the subject line.