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Monday 8 November 2004 New Yorkers for Fair Use Volunteers Meeting: To p

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Subject: Monday 8 November 2004 New Yorkers for Fair Use Volunteers Meeting: To plan for the FTC P2P Meeting and the Broadcast Flag Campaign
Date: 6 Nov 2004 16:25:09 -0500

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    New Yorkers for Fair Use will meet at 6:30 pm Monday 8 November 2004.

    NYFU and many organizations, tribes, and free lances will attend the
    FTC P2P Workshop on 15 and 16 December 2004:

    We must prepare our forces and present our case.

 We will meet at the the Gyro Pizza and Bagel Place on the corner of
 Third Avenue and Eighth Street on the Island of the Manahattoes, likely in
 the back.  The Gyro Place has several names.  The location is also called
 Astor Place and also St. Marks and Third Avenue.  There are two subway
 stops nearby: Eighth Street NRW, Astor Place Lexington Avenue Line.
 The Gyro Place lies across the street from Cooper Union, where Lincoln
 spoke on 27 February 1860.  Here is the last paragraph of Lincoln's speech:

  Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us,
  nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of

 For the full speech see

 NYFU will go to Washington in December 2004 to present to the FTC facts and
 principles not yet well understood among legislators, judges, and
 regulators, despite the ceaseless unfailing stream of didactic essays and
 remarks on Slashdot.  NYFU also will broaden and intensify our campaign
 against the Broadcast Flag Mandate of the FCC.  To do these things, and
 more, NYFU needs volunteers.  If you believe you have the right to own a
 computer and use your computer as you wish in the privacy of your house,
 and you are willing to work in defense of this right, come to this meeting.
 If you believe that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United
 States, and the Fourth too, apply to our use of our Net, and you are
 willing to work in the common defense of our Great Commons, come to this

 We need your help to convey what we know to the FTC.  In particular, if you
 have written any application which uses the large peer to peer system
 called "the Internet", NYFU wants to talk with you.  And if you are willing
 to take part in an Install Fest down in Washington DC on 15 or 16 December
 2004, NYFU asks your help in a public demonstration that some people today
 are able to, in a most direct and practical way, exercise their right of
 private ownership of a computer.

 ad Broadcast Flag Mandate:

 NYFU and many organizations, tribes, and free lances are fighting today to
 make sure that we will be able to legally buy and sell untrammeled VCRs and
 computers after 1 July 2005:

 Note that some of the above were written in 2002.  We've been fighting the
 Broadcast Flag Mandate for some time, and we are not going to quit now,
 even though the FCC has moved to impose the BFM.  We believe most people
 like their untrammeled VCRs and we don't think the Englobulators will be
 able to deny us.  But it is better to fight and win now, rather than after
 1 July 2005, when the public sale of untrammeled VCRs, and all general
 purpose digital communications devices, would become illegal, if we lose
 this round.

 New Yorkers for Fair Use
 DRM is Theft!  We are the Stakeholders!

Distributed poC TINC:

Jay Sulzberger <>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

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