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Subject: [nylug-talk], DCLUG and NOVALUG to Protest the DMCA - 
5/2/2000, Wash. DC 
From: Jim Gleason <> 
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 18:22:56 -0400 (EDT) 
cc: Don Marti <>,,,,,,,,, 
Ari Jort <>,,,,,, 
Jim Gleason <>,, 
Reply-To: Jim Gleason <> 
Sender:, DCLUG and NOVALUG to Protest the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 
			on May 2nd in Washington DC

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 23, 2000 -- The New York Linux Users Group (, 
The Washington DC Linux Users Group ( and The Northern Virginia 
Linux Users Group ( are teaming up to hold a joint 
demonstration to protest The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) during 
public hearings in Washington DC on May 2nd.

In its current version, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 grants 
copyright holders sweeping legal authority over technological measures that 
control access to copyrighted works, such as weak encryption.

This new legislation also enables Hollywood movie studios, including
Universal Studios, MGM, Turner Networks, and Time Warner; to extend their 
copyright protection of content into the consumer electronics industry,
and allows them to control the commercial manufacture and retail sale of
DVD players.

Consequently, no Linux computers are manufactured anywhere in the world that 
can lawfully play a DVD movie. When Jon Johansen, a 16 year old Norwegian, 
wrote software code to play a purchased DVD on his Linux computer, police
units and other government authorities staged a surprise raid on his home, 
confiscated his computer and telephone equipment, and arrested both he and 
his father. According to Johansen, they were subjected to questioning for
approximately 6-7 hours, apparently without a lawyer. It is reported that
the charges carry fines and prison terms of up to two years.

Eric Raymond, co-demonstrator and prominent leader in the open source
software movement ( remarked, "Any US law that abolishes 
consumers' fair use rights and leads to 16-year-old kids getting hassled
by foreign police is just wrong. This has got to end." 

When a DVD movie is lawfully purchased, it is implied that the purchaser is 
authorized to access the file contained within the physical media in order 
to view it on whatever platform that person uses. The DMCA needs to be changed 
so that copyright holders do not have the right to control a consumer's lawful 
experience with a DVD. 

Information on how to join the protest can be found at


Jim Gleason
President, New York Linux Users Group
Telephone Contact: (212) 858-7684
Fax Press Contact: (212) 858-7685

For more information, please see:           
* (New York City, NY)
* DCLUG Home Page (Bethesda, MD)
* NovaLUG Home Page (Chantilly, VA)

Subject: [nylug-talk] All demonstrators will receive DeCSS t-shirts 
From: Jim Gleason <> 
Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 12:20:05 -0400 (EDT) 

Just letting you all know that we will have about 100 DeCSS t-shirts at
the rally tomorrow. Likewise, every protester gets their own

It's supposed to be warm - 70 degress, but it's also supposed to rain. 
So be ready!

- Jim

Jim Gleason			VA Linux Systems
phone: 212-858-7684 		Pres. New York Linux Users Group 
fax: 212-858-7685

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