LinuxPR: Open Source Broadcaster Calls for Disney Boycott
Oct 03, 2001, 00:23 (16 Talkback[s])
"Today from their studios in Aurora Illinois, well
known GNU/Linux and Open Source Community broadcaster, GeekCast
Network, called for a boycott of the Disney Corporation in reaction
to Disney's participation in drafting the SSSCA legislation.
GeekCast is the home of the Linux communities leading linux focused
broadcast, The Linux Show!!
Jeff Gerhardt co-host of The Linux Show stated the position of
the organization, "In the past, here at The Linux Show we have been
very bothered by the apparent lack of political acumen by members
of our own community. We often talked a good fight, but when push
comes to shove, it seems we were more willing to complain than
stand our ground and fight for a political principle. During the
last month our country experienced a great tragedy. One of the
outcomes of that tragedy appears to be an overall maturing of the
nation (and our community), and a desire to express political
'Therefore,' continued Gerhardt, "noting this political will,
and sensing the potential of unfortunate political changes to occur
while the nation grieves, we are sounding a clarion call for the
GNU/Linux and Open Source communities to stand and be counted.
Voice your opinions to an issue that will impact ALL OF US in the
Open Source community. We are calling for a Boycott of the Disney
Company as an act of protest for Disney's participation in the
creation of the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act"
(SSSCA) legislation. This legislation will MANDATE All software and
digital devices to include federally-mandated copy-prevention
systems. SSSCA is just one of a number of over reaching bills that
are being put forward as a reaction to the recent tragedy. We all
understand the need for security, but lets not throw away our
freedoms in the process."