what="official New Yorkers for Fair Use announcement">
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
dungeons to ourselves. LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN
THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END, DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT.
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
New Yorkers for Fair Use
DRM is Theft! We are the Stakeholders!
Distributed poC TINC:
Jay Sulzberger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.