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From: Ruben Safir
To: Jay Sulzberger
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Subject: Re: [hangout] New York City Noon Monday 3 December 2001: Rally to Free Dmitry Sklyarov
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In-Reply-To: ; from jays-at-panix.com on Sun, Dec 02, 2001 at 18:02:44 -0500
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I would add that Dmitry Protesting get NYLXS volutneer hours.
On 2001.12.02 18:02:44 -0500 Jay Sulzberger wrote:
>> Noon Monday 3 December 2001 at 41st Street and Fifth Avenue, before the
>> New York Public Library, on the Island of Manhattan, there will be a
>> to free Dmitry Sklyarov.
>> Last week, not a trial date, but rather a date for a hearing to set
>> the trial date for the Dmitry Sklyarov case was set:
>> 15 April 2002
>> Dmitry was arrested 16 July 2001. Likely he will not be able to go home
>> before the date of his trial, which, as it stands now, means some time
>> after 15 April 2002.
>> See below, under News, for the schedule of proceedings.
>> Breakfast Meeting and Visit to Representative Weiner's office:
>> We are Meeting on December 5th at 10:00 am at the North Entrance to
>> Sheepshead Bay train station to make an appointment and drop off
>> petitions at Representative Anthony D. Weiner's office.
>> Everyone is welcome to come.
>> We are then having Breakfast.
>> Congressman Anthony D. Weiner, Representing the 9th District of New
>> has a useful home page:
>> EFF Update on Sklyarov Case
>> This is an update from the status conference held Monday in the case
>> against Dmitry Sklyarov (a visiting Russian programmer arrested in the
>> US for allegedly violating the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act by
>> writing, in Russia, software that is legal in Russia), and Elcomsoft
>> (his Russia-based employer). As expected, the only issue discussed at
>> the hearing was the setting of dates for pre-trial motions. The issues
>> were divided into two categories: DMCA (possible claims are
>> unconstitutionality including vagueness, the First Amendment, and lack
>> of constitutional authority) and non-DMCA issues (possible issues are
>> jurisdiction, a bill of particulars, and the conspiracy charge).
>> The non-DMCA dates are:
>> Jan. 14, 2002, the opening brief is due,
>> Feb. 11, the opposition (govt.) brief is due,
>> Feb. 25, Dmitry's reply brief is due,
>> Mar. 4, 2002, hearing.
>> The DMCA dates are:
>> Jan. 28, the opening briefs and amici are due,
>> Mar. 4, the opposition (govt) brief is due,
>> Mar. 18, the reply brief is due
>> Apr. 1, hearing
>> Assuming the case is not dismissed because of the motions, there will
>> be a hearing to set a trial date on Apr. 15, 2002.
>> >> about="Noon New York City Public Library Rallies to Free Dmitry
>> Note that this is not an LXNY event, but rather the twentieth of a
>> of rallies, whose Lead Organizer and First Contact is
>> Leonid Gorkin
>> lgorkin-at-excite.com or lgorkin1-at-nyc.rr.com
>> >> importance="high">
>> Do not bring any sticks to this rally.
>> There is a New York City regulation forbidding sticks at gatherings.
>> The New York City police officers who told us of this regulation were
>> parfit gentle in their courtesy.
>> There have been and will be rallies in about twenty cities.
>> Much of the organizing of New York City Rallies to Free Dmitry take
>> on the fairuse mailing list of NYFairUse, which list may be joined at
>> To download a flyer go to:
>> For more information:
>> >> who="Jay Sulzberger">
>> On the morning of 11 September 2001 the United States of America was
>> attacked. One big objective of the attack is to drive us to forget our
>> Bill of Rights. We will not forget. We have a right to use our
>> in our homes as we see fit. We will defend this right.
>> This summer Dmitry Sklyarov was indicted. If convicted on all counts he
>> faces 25 years in prison. He is accused of distributing a tool to
>> manipulate files in certain Adobe formats. All manipulation occurs
>> a single computer. The tool checks as best it can that the file it
>> operates on is owned by the person running the tool. Under the DMCA,
>> distribution of such a tool is a felony. If traditional copyright law
>> like the DMCA, then distribution of paper, pencils, ink, pens, and
>> would also be a felony. Today computers for home and business use
>> no spy hardware nor any spy software, except for certain Trojans which
>> have slipped past the owner's defenses. Under the DMCA and further
>> legislation proposed by Senator Hollings all personal computers will be
>> required to contain over one megabyte of spy firmware which will monitor
>> every single read and write of the hard disk. Under the proposed
>> legislation the operating system will report back to Infotainment
>> any "suspicious use" of the hard disk. Law enforcement agencies will
>> easily get secret writs of computer tapping and be able to watch
>> you do at home on what once was your own machine. Infotainment Central
>> will be able to disable your computer without permission from you.
>> Proposed legislation:
>> Our rallies and all the work of propaganda and education have been
>> important in alerting the world to the threat facing not only Dmitry,
>> everyone who uses computers and everyone who uses the Great Commons of
>> Net. Despite our alert, the government of the United States chose to
>> prosecute Dmitry. Our response must be clear, forceful, and effective.
>> Why do we rally at the New York Public Library? Because the Association
>> American Publishers has declared that they plan to close down all free
>> public libraries. Their chosen tool is the Digital Millennium Copyright
>> Act. As demonstrated by the indictment of Dmitry Sklyarov, the DMCA
>> indeed outlaw fair use of books that you, or the library, have bought
>> paid for:
>> We need marchers and leafleteers and copiers of leaflets and designers
>> leaflets and propagandizers and lobbyists and lawyers and coders and
>> carriers and publicists and diplomats. Come to the Rally and help!
>> to the Rally and meet allies!
>> Dmitry Sklyarov today faces twenty-five years in prison for distributing
>> program which allows you to make fair use of books you have bought and
>> for. Come to the Rally and help get Dmitry free! Free to go home and
>> to do his work.
>> Jay Sulzberger
>> Corresponding Secretary LXNY
>> LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
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