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Don't Let the RIAA Put the Net at Risk

Don't let the RIAA define what programs and protocols can be used
on the internet.

Long in the tooth and technical internet users all know that the
internet is a giant peer to peer network.

On December 15 and 16 the Federal Trade Commission is holding a public
workshop in Washington D.C. on the dangers of Peer to Peer filesharing
applications. Part of the thrust is to both define and control what
software we as Free Citizens can use on our computers and our internet.
Join us at the FTC hearing and tell the FTC that the real threat to the
public is not the peer to peer nature of the internet, but rather the
lack of choice the public is given in the software they can buy
preinstalled on computers, and the desire of certain cartels, and
monopoly players to have further legal leverage to dominate the internet
at the expense of the public!

If you are not on our mailing list yet sign up now for the lattest news
on this very important trip! Mailing list info can be found here.

posted Tue Dec 7 03:42:59 2004 | article numb 13

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen made possible by the Public Domain
LXG is based on a comic book entitled The League Of Extraordinary
Gentlemen, which hit the shelves a few years back and chronicled the adventures of
a late-19th-century crime-fighting team composed of the most remarkable literary
characters of the Victorian Age: Allan Quartermain, hero of King Solomon's Mines,
H.G. Wells's Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and the legendary Captain Nemo.
Together they travel the world, interact with the fictitious creations of Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe, and even come to loggerheads with the
Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. It was a series that caused a stir amongst the comicati
because it had it all: intelligent writing, literary allusion, and guys with superpowers
punching the crap out of each other.

The rest of the story.

posted Sat Jul 12 12:20:54 2003 | article numb 12

Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Printer Cartridge Co.
Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Printer Cartridge Co.

Opposes Printer Manufacturer's Broad Copyright Claims

Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked a federal appeals court to rule that a company can examine a competitor's technology in order to manufacture printer toner cartridges compatible with Lexmark printers without facing a copyright lawsuit.

Printer maker Lexmark had sued, claiming that cartridge remanufacturer Static Control Components circumvented Lexmark's access control technologies and infringed its copyrights by "reverse engineering" its printer toner cartridges. Static Control produced replacement microchips that enabled resellers to refill toner cartridges and sell them more cheaply.

Lexmark cited provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the lawsuit. The district court ruled in Lexmark's favor, then Static Control appealed to the Sixth Circuit.

EFF today filed an amicus brief to the appeals court supporting Static Control.

"Whether you like or hate the controversial DMCA, Congress never intended the law to shield printer manufacturers from competition in toner cartridges," said EFF Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer. "The Lexmark lawsuit shows how far copyright law
has strayed from its original foundations, that is, 'to promote progress of science and useful arts.'"

EFF's amicus brief continues the EFF tradition of defending the rights of technologists and innovators. The brief argues that manufacturers should not be able to use the law to thwart interoperability with their products, because reverse engineering is protected fair use of copyrighted programs.


Wendy Seltzer
Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation
+1 415 436-9333 x125 (office)

Cindy Cohn
Legal Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
+1 415 436-9333 x108 (office)

posted Thu Jul 3 13:25:26 2003 | article numb 11

Sen. Hatch wants to destroy your computer
This Yahoo story talks about a plan that has been HATCHED UP, by the Senator from the RIAA (aka Utah) to give companies the power to destroy by remote action computers that are suspected of being used for file trading.

We at New Yorkers for Fair Use would like to ask the honorable gentleman from RIAA (Utah) if he ever studied civics in school and if he knows what due process is?

Senator Hatch are you condoning vigilante justice? We thought that when
Utah was admited to the Union it was understood that such things were
not acceptable under the U. S. Constitution.

posted Tue Jun 17 20:31:03 2003 | article numb 10

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