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The Register: Linux users protest DVD regs on Capitol Hill

May 05, 2000, 14:27 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C. Greene)

"An affable group of Linux users from New York City and the Washington DC area converged on Capitol Hill this week, patiently explaining to passers-by that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a serious setback for consumers, and hoping to attract the Librarian of Congress' attention as he participated in hearings on the hastily-drafted and quite controversial law."

"Members of the New York Linux Users Group (NYLUG), the Washington DC Linux Users Group (DCLUG) and the Northern Virginia Linux Users Group (NOVALUG) staged a three-hour appearance at the steps of the Library of Congress to publicise their disapproval of a law which makes it illegal for owners of a DVD disk to access its contents on players of their own choosing or devising."

"...We're satisfied that the Linux users we met in Washington are ready for a rational, open dialogue, but we're not so sure about the movie industry. The MPAA seems to be deriving too much pleasure from being pricks, from flexing their muscles, and from ranting about teen-aged demons on the Web."

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