[svlug] letters@sjmercury.com

Rafael Skodlar raffi at linwin.com
Mon May 20 17:08:27 PDT 2002

That article is just a PR for the dark side. Written by Robert Holleyman,
CEO of Business Software Alliance appears to be biased towards DMCA. Not
surprizing [1]

"Since the DMCA was enacted, the number of Americans on the Internet has 
nearly doubled, from 70 million people to 137 million. The copyright 
industry has expanded at a rate of 10 percent each year. And last year, 
copyright industries contributed $535 billion dollars to the U.S. economy. 
That's more than 5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product."

According to Robert Holleyman, DMCA made it possible for "copyright
industry" to expand. Huh?  I know steel, semiconductor, space, food, and
music industry. What's "copyright industry"? Patented books, programs,
songs? I'm not an expert in English language but can somebody explain
"copyright industry" to me?

Otherwise I have a few buckets of copyright to sell. Any takers or should
I try Ebay?

"BSA members include Adobe, Apple Computer, Autodesk, Bentley Systems,
Borland, CNC Software/Mastercam, Dell, Entrust, Hewlett Packard, IBM,
Intel, Intuit, Macromedia, Microsoft, Network Associates, Novell, Sybase,
Symantec and Unigraphics Solutions (EDS)."

Interesting bunch. I don't see Sun Microsystems, SGI, and other similar 
platforms. No mention of OSS either.

[1]  BSA Applauds DMCA Ruling

>From Whois
Business Software Alliance (BSA2-DOM)
   1150 18th St NW Suite 700
   Washington, DC 20036

seems to be, among other things a lobbying group of some kind positioned
conveniently in WDC. This software police is all over the world. Who's
financing it? Not hard to guess. I'm surprized they don't have a seat at 

With http://www.bsa.org/usa/freetools BSA was strongly advertizing some 
time back in Silican Valley as well as in NY described here

More interesting reading:

On Mon, May 20, 2002 at 11:17:57AM -0700, Don Marti wrote:
> How many DMCA-mongering lies can you spot in this op-ed piece?
> http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/3299375.htm
> Exercise for the reader: write a short letter to
> letters at sjmercury.com pointing out some flaw of the DMCA and why
> it should be reformed.  Include your phone number and home address
> in the letter so that they can call and confirm.
> -- 
> Don Marti                                          
> http://zgp.org/~dmarti                       Help spread accurate information 
> dmarti at zgp.org                      about Xenu and the Church of Scientology.
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Don't pirate windows software.
Install GNU-Linux, BSD, or Unix.

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