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Linux Journal: Open Letter to Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO, Walt Disney Company

Sep 16, 2001, 12:05 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

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"...President Bush said, "The federal government and all our agencies are conducting business. But it is not business as usual." Mr. Eisner, please take that as a hint. It's a mistake for any American to shut down another's freedom to speak, whether the person being censored is editing an on-line newspaper or just making tweaks to the software that runs the "Crackmonkey" site.

The SSSCA, which you are in the middle of buying from Congress, would outlaw the software that powers the independent Internet, the Internet that had many of us crying on our keyboards this week, from loss, relief or rage. At times like this, a slightly cracked monkey means more to us than a perfectly coiffed mouse.

It would be shameful for you to show up at the US Capitol with a duffel bag full of "campaign contributions" at a time like this. Paying Congress to silence your fellow citizens, now, is not the act of a loyal American."

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