Subject: Re: the congressional mandate
From: "tony stanco" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 12:31:35 -0400

If you are trying to get a voice in Washington, you should attend and
support our Free Software Conference in Washington. That is the very point
of it. It is to keep track of what is going on here and speak up when it
adversely impacts Free Software or IT in general.

We need to go beyond preaching to the converted on our community lists, and
do some outreach to the people that are passing the laws, and those that
advise them. Your message below is a good one. But it would do more good to
deliver it to the policymakers instead of just posting it here. Everyone
here knows it already, but we don't pass the laws. And the people passing
the laws are not on this list.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Lord <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 10:44 AM
Subject: the congressional mandate

>Those of us who engage more directly with politicians and lobbyists
>might want to keep this point of view in mind:  Laws like DMCA and
>proposed legislation like SSSCA aren't simply arbitrary favors granted
>to large donors: they are a response to a congressional mandate to
>ensure (some form of) "exclusive right" at a time when digital
>technology threatens to take away such rights for anything that can be
>reduced to bits.  Though those laws, primarily in their technical
>naivete, wind up attempting to trash our civil rights -- the
>motivation for _some_ legislative response to digital technology is
>A good message for congress would be (1) you're in over your heads
>trying to understand the practical implications of these laws; and (2)
>there are emerging business models starting to "promote progress" in
>new ways that don't need such laws at all -- new legislation at this
>point in time is likely to prove premature and error-prone.