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S2395 Letter 1

Brett Wynkoop
622A President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Honorable Charles Schumer
United States Senate
313 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
via FAX: 202-228-3027

Dear Senator Schumer,

I am writing to urge you to vote no on S2395. While its original intent has points that can be argued as being good for the United States and its citizens, the current incarnation of S2395 with its hastily added references to Digital Rights Management (DRM) will cause great harm to the people of New York and the rest of the United States.

If DRM is enacted as the law of the land that will make it impossible for developers to write Open Source Software that is of great benefit to the public. Most of the software that powers the core of the internet is Open Source Software. If this software was effectively outlawed because it was not able to run on computer systems crippled by DRM chips, the internet as we know it would cease to exist. The three most basic core services on the internet, email, Domain Name Service, and Web Service are for the most part implemented with Open Source Software. If Sendmail, Bind, and Apache were taken away from the internet by an ill conceived measure brought to the Senate floor by persons with no true knowledge of the way the internet works, then the PUBLIC will be harmed in countless ways. I think I can give you some idea of the scale of the problem with the following information:

  1. Apache powers 56% of the websites on the internet - source

  2. Sendmail is the most used Mail Transport Agent on the internet powering four times more sites than the next largest competitor - source

  3. BIND powers the root name servers for the internet's Domain Name System and most of the DNS servers on the internet - source

As you can see, if these 3 pieces of software became illegal because of ill conceived DRM legislation, the internet as we know it would be gone. There are other problems with the various DRM proposals that the entertainment industry is trying to get Congress to enact. I look forward to meeting with you when you are home this summer to discuss not only these issues, but also how DRM steals from the body of knowledge the PUBLIC expects to have at its disposal after expiration of copyright restrictions.


Brett Wynkoop