September 3, 2001

Noon today: Rally to free Dmitry Sklyarov

Author: JT Smith

Noon Monday 3 September 2001 at 41st Street and Fifth Avenue, before
New York Public Library, on the Island of Manhattan, there will be a
to free Dmitry Sklyarov.

Note that this is not an LXNY event, but rather the seventh of a series
rallies, whose Lead Organizer and First Contact is

Leonid Gorkin or

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:

Upcoming Meeting:

Thursday 6 September 2001 there will be an organizational meeting to
free Dmitry Sklyarov and put down the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
1984^W1998 under which Dmitry was arrested. The meeting starts at 7:30
on the second floor of the Killarney Rose at 82 Beaver Street, near
and Pearl Streets, on the Island of the Manahattoes. This meeting is
and open to the public. Artists, writers, students, parents, teachers,
librarians, publishers, booksellers, bankers, lawyers, economists,
cryptologists, Net folk, and all who have ever borrowed a book from the
public library are particularly invited.

Sunday 9 September 2001 the Campaign to Repeal the DMCA kicks off with
door to
door canvassing in Brooklyn. Come to the Thursday meeting if you want
help repeal the DMCA!

Personal from Jay Sulzberger, corresponding secretary of LXNY:

Last week 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 proposed
legislation all personal computers will be required to contain over one
megabyte of spy firmware which will monitor every single read and write
the hard disk. Under the proposed legislation the operating system
report back to Infotainment Central any "suspicious use" of the hard
Law enforcement agencies will easily get secret writs of computer
and be able to watch everything you do at home on what once was your
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 has chosen
prosecute Dmitry. Our response must be clear, forceful, and effective.

Why do we rally at the New York Public Library? Because the
Association of
American Publishers has declared that they plan to close down all free
public libraries. Their chosen tool is the Digital Millennium
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 a
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.

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