Subject: Re: As if the DMCA wasn't bad enough
From: Valden Longhurst <>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 09:59:47 -0700

How about
"Want to repeat tyrannical history and sell our FREEDOM to see, decide, and 
act?  The SSSCA can shread our Constitution and force us there.  Have you 
read it?"

> Then perhaps the opponents of such measures need to make it into a
> simple moral issue as well.  What that is and how to couch it is going
> to be hard, but we need something.
> My gut reaction is, "Their talk of piracy is like a magician's
> assistant tripping into something on the other side of stage to
> distract the audience while the magician removes the rabbit from
> the hat.  Don't be distracted and don't be fooled.  The real
> pirates here are the intellectual property thieves who are stealing
> our *CONSTITUTIONAL* right to fairly use what we have bought and
> paid for!"
> Can anyone find a concise way to express their reaction?  We are far
> more in need of a few good slogans than well-written tracts that only
> the choir will read.
> Another thing to think about.  There are a lot of companies and people
> who are upset at the BSA right now.  That would be a good feeling to
> tap into.  I fear that I will only demonstrate why I am not, and will
> never make a good rabble rouser, but the basic message should be,
> "Are you fed up with the BSA calling you a thief?  Buy a memory
> upgrade and their 'security provisions' lock your computer up.  Now
> they want to put you in jail."
> And in the spirit of trying to inspire through painfully bad example,
> "The Constitution gives copyright and patent as a temporary lease.  Now
> the software industry is trying to steal permanent ownership."
> Any other attempts?  If someone came up with something reasonable, I
> would be willing to make a personal donation to an advertising
> campaign...
> Ben