|FROM ||Ruben I Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Washington DC Pages
Two minor things
Fix the links to the new link that are on the events page. Might as well
add Washignton to the list on all three pages :)
The links should be on top
On 2002.04.05 18:20 Jonathan Bober wrote:
> You want this writeup, (perhaps without the "Hello...") reproduced below?
> Hello ALL NYLXSers, NY Fair Users, and hard working volunteers of all
> other local free software organizations.
> I want to give full and proper credit in public to everyone for their
> dedication, hard work, and focused attention to the great and
> important fair use and free software issues of our day. I can not
> express in any way or make clear to those who are not part of our
> group, just how hard these people work, how dedicated their actions
> are, and the great good they are achieving in paving the way for Free
> Software, and an free open society in the digital age.
> However, understanding that, I want to give a small picture of their hard
> work and what was accomplished on the Washington trip.
> Richard Weinberg, Vice-President of NYLXS, got a phone call from me about
> 1:00 pm the day before we were to go to DC. I was in a panic. I had
> forgotten that the banks were closed on Presidents' Day and it seemed
> possible that we would not be able to get the cash needed to go to DC.
> Richard was up in Westchester, and I told him the situation. He
> volunteered his Credit Card and Driver's License to drive us down. To do
> this, he immediately left for NYC and called me when he arrived in NYC.
> Marcus Conti, another board member, was working on the specific details of
> getting a van. Until that was known, we had no idea if we were going to be
> able to get to DC. By the time Richard hit NYC, Marcus had the reservation
> made, and everything was ready for the morning. The first crisis was over.
> At midnight that night, half the mailing list was abuzz about not having
> the details for the trip (although they were posted on the Calender). At
> 12:30 am the morning of the trip, I'm on the phone, making sure everyone is
> together, and set for leaving at 8:30 am. At 7:30 am, Richard shows up at
> my door in Flatbush, and we head to Boro Park to get the truck. Everything
> goes smoothly, and we drive the van to my house. Everyone is just about
> ready, and Paul Rodriguez, Joe Grastara, Seth Johnson, Forrest Mars,
> Richard Weinberg, and I (Ruben Safir), are all packed up and ready to go.
> Richard puts in a heroic driving effort, ten hours in the day, and we get
> down to the Baltimore Area, where I try to call down to DC and remind them
> of our appointment with the Staff member from Weiner's Office, Lamar
> Robertson, who is in charge of staff work on Intellectual Property for
> Representative Weiner. Weiner is on the IP subcommittee of the Judiciary
> Committee of the house. We call information on the cell phone, and
> information never HEARD of Congress in a city called Washington DC, let
> alone any individual representatives. So we call the NYC office and have
> them patch us to the Washington Office. Our direct phone line to Lamar's
> office is getting a recording. So we try to get to the staff. Lamar is
> home with his new born baby doing emergency child care. So finally the
> Representative Weiners Chief of Staff, Kevin A. Ryan, meets with us. We
> meet for about an hour and a half, in Weiner's office, the crowd sitting
> around the table. We laid out all our Software issues, and Fair Use
> issues, we discussed the DMCA, how Free Software is under assault legally,
> how libraries are affected, how my playing an MP3 on my Picture Book with
> GNU/Linux can be considered a felony under the DMCA in the Future,
> Pat Schroeder and world hunger, and Vital Books and NYU. We request that
> Representative Weiner become more outspoken on this issue, and align
> himself with Boucher. And as we leave, Lamar Robertson invites us to his
> home in Maryland. Walking out of the office, Paul looks up and sees a Tivo
> TV system on top of the door. Paul points it out, and Kevin Ryan says "The
> Congressman loves the TiVo.". We underscored that the TiVo is exactly the
> kind of fair use device, which runs free software, and which is being torn
> apart by the current copyright standards, and the DMCA.
> We take Lamar up on his offer. We pick up 2 bottles of Chivas Regal and
> head to his home. We spend 4 hours there with Lamar and his wife. Lamar
> has printed out an article from the New York times on the Supreme court
> case involving the Sony Bono extension of Copyright, and we cover almost
> the whole gamut of issues in detail. Each of our members got a chance to
> talk, and express their positions. We point out that his printing out the
> article is a fair use of information and copyrighted material. We discuss
> the political hurdles to fair use and Free Software in the future. And we
> discuss the inner working of the sub-committee. I give Lamar a big Bear
> Hug and an invitation to visit my home in Brooklyn, and we left knowing we
> have made good friends in DC. I think we will have a long and effective
> relationship with the Congressman in the future. I expect that we will be
> going down to DC again in the future to testify and give support to their
> efforts on the IP subcommittee.
> We now need someone to followup with a thank you letter, and we need to
> sharpen our issues to specific legislative requests.
> On Fri, 5 Apr 2002 17:10:54 -0500
> Ruben I Safir wrote:
> > That's it, but we have a writeup in the mailing list
> > On 2002.04.05 17:03 Jonathan Bober wrote:
> > >
> > > ugh. I started last weekend and then got delayed. I will have it done
> > > by sometime tomorrow, certainly.
> > >
> > > Are there any pictures other than those that are under
> > > images/washington? There aren't too many there.
> > >
> > > Jon.
> > >
> > > On Fri, 5 Apr 2002 16:14:30 -0500 (EST)
> > > Ruben I Safir wrote:
> > >
> > > >
> > > > What's the status of these pages Jon?
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Ruben
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http://www.mrbrklyn.com - Consulting
http://www.brooklynonline.com - For the love of Brooklyn
http://www.nylxs.com - Leadership Development in Free Software
http://www.nyfairuse.org - The foundation of Democracy
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/resources - Unpublished Archive or stories and articles from around the net
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/mp3/dr.mp3 - Imagine my surprise when I saw you...
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/downtown.html - See the New Downtown Brooklyn....
New Yorker Linux Users Scene
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