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Linux Users Protest the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

By bmetzler in News
Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 09:05:54 AM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
Freedom

As a CNN article reports Linux Users groups protested in Washington, D.C Tuesday, March 28th.

Although DeCSS and the MPAA struggle has been discussed many times, this is slightly different action. How effective are protests? Will peaceful protests such as the one in DC effective? What else can we do to spread the word about the infrigements against our freedoms?


There is a page which has more information about the protests and what you can to do help. It also talks about the DMCA and what it means to us.

I've got to know ... did Rusty participate in this protest?

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Linux Users Protest the Digital Millennium Copyright Act | 4 comments (4 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
I'm so tired of the MPAA...... (none / 0) (#2)
by pulsar on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 12:55:30 AM EST

pulsar voted 1 on this story.

I'm so tired of the MPAA...

Er, ummm... no. I'm not really acti... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 07:18:24 AM EST

rusty voted 1 on this story.

Er, ummm... no. I'm not really active in DCLUG. I probably should be. :-) I didn't know about this, or I would have at least gone down there to cover it... perhaps they need a more effective media machine to promote stuff like this.

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Re: Linux Users Protest the Digital Millennium Cop (none / 0) (#3)
by Greener on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 11:37:02 AM EST

According to this Wired story the protest never reached a critical mass required to make a difference with only about 20 people showing up. Mainly it garnered puzzled looks from a few onlookers, many of which didn't even know what the DMCA was.

Publicity (none / 0) (#4)
by rusty on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 11:51:44 AM EST

They seriously needed someone to do publicity for them. The Wired news item (that ran on the 25th) was buried in a list of other stuff, slashdot apparently ran it, but who reads slashdot anymore ;-). I'd have gladly run it, but I was disconnected all weekend.

Besides that, it has to be hard to get hackers to go outside and march around. We just don't do stuff like that, in my experience. All that said, I wish I had known about this earlier, so I could have gone down there. For God's sake, I could have walked to it. Grr.

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