Archives for All of 2000
||2600 DISTRIBUTION NOTICE|
Numerous stores will be without copies of 2600 while problems with a distributor are resolved.
||MPAA FILES NEW DVD LAWSUIT AGAINST 2600|
Never willing to leave good enough alone - the MPAA is seeking damages and injunctive relief against 2600 and others under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
||2600 WEBSITE HIT WITH INJUNCTION|
Today would have been a very happy day for us here at 2600. After nearly five years in prison, this is the day that Kevin Mitnick is finally being released. Ironically, that development is overshadowed by a very immediate threat to 2600, the hacker community, and people who value freedom everywhere.
||FATHER AND SON ARRESTED|
Norwegian teenager Jon Johansen has been raided because of his alleged involvment in reverse engineering CSS. Whether or not the reverse engineering was "improper" under Norwegian criminal law was the subject of much debate at the DVD CCA's January 18th court hearing in San Jose, California.
For the past five years, Kevin Mitnick has been imprisoned. That means he
hasn't been able to do a lot of things we all take for granted. He hasn't
seen a movie, listened to a CD, read books and magazines... the list goes
on into infinity. Now, Kevin is free, although still facing a huge amount
of restrictions. He cannot use a computer, a cellular phone, and many
other forms of technology. He isn't even allowed to go on a speaking
tour to tell his story, since that would involve "profiting from his
||YET ANOTHER MOTION FILED|
This time they want to outlaw any LINKS to the DeCSS code. If they succeed in doing this, we will LIST the sites that have the source code instead. If they manage to outlaw lists, we promise to think of something else. Suggestions are welcome.
||CALL TO ACTION|
2600 meetings around the world are called upon to help spread the word about the DVD lawsuits by distributing flyers at local movie theaters this Friday, February 4th.
||LEAFLETTING CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS|
Thanks to everyone who made Friday's leafletting campaign a success. We have been receiving reports from around the world of productive events - our voices HAVE been heard.
||HACKERS TO BLAME? DOUBTFUL|
We feel sorry for the major Internet commerce sites that have been inconvenienced by the Denial of Service attacks. Really, we do. But we cannot permit them or anyone else to lay the blame on hackers.
||TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE DMCA|
The library of congress is holding hearings on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the law being used in the DVD suit). They want to know how it has affected you and what YOU think of it.
||FOX NEWS REDEFINES VANDALISM|
In yet another example of the media completely misunderstanding technology, Fox News has defined changing a nickname on IRC as "vandalism."
||PROGRESS REPORT ON H2K|
We've been deluged with responses from people eager to be part of H2K this July in New York City. As it looks now, this will be far bigger than anything we've done in the past, with three tracks of speakers plus films and all sorts of other activities.
||HAVING TROUBLE REACHING 2600?|
We've been having some connectivity problems over the past week which have made it harder to reach our web site. In addition, we've made some routing changes which took much longer to propogate than normal. There are some sites such as AOL which may be having problems reaching us. If you know of anyone having such difficulties, entering our IP may yield better results: http://188.8.131.52.
||MITNICK TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE|
Kevin Mitnick will be in Washington DC today to testify before
the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee as they ponder the security
of the federal government's information systems. It's ironic that the
same government that kept him locked away for so long is now interested
in hearing his opinions. We can only hope they actually pay attention.
||MPAA CONTINUES INTIMIDATION CAMPAIGN|
It appears just about anyone who became part of the massive DeCSS mirror campaign is now also being targeted by the Motion Picture Association of America.
||SECRET SERVICE HARASSING BERNIE S AGAIN|
Five years to the day after Bernie S. was arrested at gunpoint and subjected to nearly 17 months of imprisonment by the United States Secret Service, agents of the USSS have again begun some kind of cat and mouse game, the nature of which has yet to be revealed.
||NEW LAWSUIT THREAT FROM NBC|
Apparently the corporate media feels it not only owns the Internet, but that it can control opinions and expression as well. Late Wednesday we received an email from NBC threatening to sue us for owning the domain name fucknbc.com.
||TRIAL DATE SET IN DECSS CASE - WORLD RENOWNED LEGAL TEAM TAKES CASE|
The DVD playing field appeared to be more level last Monday, when new attorneys representing 2600 won a favorable trial date.
||MPAA SEEKS TO OUTLAW LINKING TO DECSS|
The latest motions filed by the MPAA make it clear that they are continuing to pursue an injunction to censor webpage links. The landmark issues this has raised are sure to have a lasting affect on the nature of the web as we know it.
||IS MAFIABOY REAL OR A CREATION OF THE MEDIA?|
You've probably heard something by now about a kid named "mafiaboy" who's being blamed for February's Denial of Service attacks. Take a look at some exclusive logs that may tell an entirely different story.
||A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM DISNEY CHIEF|
2600 was recently furnished with a copy of an email sent from Walt Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, to a vast number of Disney employees about DVD piracy.
||NEW YORK TIMES LINKS TO DECSS CODE|
In what we see as an important show of support from a major force in journalism, the New York Times has linked directly to our list of sites which currently house the DeCSS code.
||H2K KEYNOTE SPEAKER|
We're very happy to announce that our keynote speaker will be Jello Biafra,
former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys and currently with Lard. Over the
years, Jello has become an outspoken critic of censorship and the mass
stupidity that embraces our culture. It's a world those in the hacker
community are quite familiar with.
||MPAA CHIEF TO ADDRESS STUDENTS|
We've gotten a bunch of emails from people telling us that MPAA chief Jack Valenti will be giving the commencement address at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. We expect that there will be people handing out flyers to alert the public to the recent actions by the MPAA. If you'd like to help coordinate this, please email us with details.
||DISSENT IN THE RANKS?|
We knew it was only a matter of time before the corporations suing us
turned on each other. Time/Warner and Disney are at each others' throats.
||DVD LAWSUIT UPDATE|
This week's developments: more positive media exposure, new declarations by experts, and a transcript of this week's court proceedings.
||VERIZON ATTACKS CRITICAL DOMAIN NAMES|
If there was ever clear evidence that we're rapidly losing our right to
express ourselves, we just got it in the mail.
||DMCA PROTEST AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY|
Public hearings on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will be held at Stanford University on May 18th. Together with the EFF and the Silicon Valley Linux User Group, we urge people to take part in a peaceful demonstration which will begin at noon this Thursday in front of the Stanford Law School. If you are in the Bay Area, please go and show your support for 2600 and our battle against the MPAA and for other victims of the DMCA present and future.
||VICTORY OVER DISQUALIFICATION MOTION|
Much to our relief, Judge Kaplan has issued an order denying Time Warner's motion to stop the law firm Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz from representing 2600. The plaintiffs seem to have hoped to use this issue to stall the discovery process and prolong the preliminary injunction.
||MPAA ATTEMPTS TO BAR PRESS COVERAGE OF HEARINGS|
Was it a Freudian slip? Or did the MPAA really mean to say they were
engaged in "anti-privacy operations"? Whichever it turns out to be,
in its latest court filing the MPAA has demonstrated an utter lack of
respect and even understanding of the democratic process.
||DEPOSITIONS TO BE MADE PUBLIC - DISCOVERY HEARING TODAY|
A hearing was held on Tuesday before Judge Kaplan to determine the extent of public access to hearings and depositions in the DeCSS case. Another hearing on discovery maters will be held at 4:30 this afternoon before Judge Kaplan.
||H2K UPDATE: MOVIE PREMIERE, SPEAKER LIST|
Freedom Downtime, the 2600 documentary about the Free Kevin campaign is nearing completion and will premiere at H2K Friday evening (July 14). Look for an initial list of speakers and panels to be released this Monday.
||DVD UPDATE: VALENTI TESTIMONY TO BE POSTED|
A transcript of Jack Valenti's testimony will be posted on Monday, after the MPAA has had a chance to mark portions considered "confidential" that will be redacted.
||H2K PREREGISTRATION TO END FRIDAY|
A preliminary list of speakers and panels is now available. Also, if you're thinking of preregistering for H2K, be advised that preregistration CLOSES this coming Friday, 6/16/00.
The court has finally released the recent depositions of MPAA Chief Jack Valenti (taken on 6/6), the two-day deposition of MPAA Anti-Piracy Chief Kenneth Jacobsen (taken on 5/17 and 5/18), as well as the transcripts of last week's hearing on public access to these and other depositions (held on 6/6) and the hearing on discovery issues (held on 6/8).
||EVEN JACK DOESN'T KNOW JACK|
We expected some stonewalling but nothing like what the just-released
transcript from MPAA chief Jack Valenti's deposition shows us. If you
collect evasive and elusive testimony, this one's a must-have.
||VALENTI AUDIO NOW AVAILABLE|
As promised, audio of Jack Valenti's deposition is now available.
||COURT HEARING TO ADDRESS MITNICK'S SUPERVISED RELEASE CONDITIONS|
There will be a very important hearing concerning Kevin Mitnick's future ability to speak at conferences, give interviews, and take part in exchanges of ideas in public forums.
||JUDGE PFAELZER PASSES THE BUCK YET AGAIN|
Kevin Mitnick's sentence allows his probation officer to relax restrictions to his supervised release as he sees fit. In sentencing hearings Judge Pfaelzer used this caveat to duck the first amendment concerns raised by Kevin's attorneys.
||BELL ATLANTIC MAY THWART H2K CONNECTION|
In an irony that wasn't entirely unexpected, it appears that Bell Atlantic
is living up to its famous quality of service reputation by somehow
managing to botch our T1 installation, which had been planned out months
||DECSS LAWSUIT UDPATE|
Since we're busy getting ready for H2K, it's been a while since the last update.
||H2K A SMASHING SUCCESS|
We'll post more details as we start to recover but the short story is that the H2K conference exceeded all of our expectations, both in attendance and overall enjoyment.
||2600 STAFF MEMBER AMONG PHILADELPHIA PRISONERS|
Among the people currently being held on up to a million dollars bail for
protesting at the Republican National Convention is our own layout artist
ShapeShifter, who many heard speak at the H2K conference.
||BAIL REDUCTION HEARING FOR SHAPESHIFTER|
After nearly a week of being held on half a million dollars bail, 2600
staffmember ShapeShifter has had a bail reduction hearing scheduled for
Tuesday, August 8th at 12:30 pm. It will take place in Room 1006 of the
Criminal Justice Center on 13th and Filbert in Philadelphia. The court
is reachable by subway at the 15th Street station on the Market-Frankford
line (one stop from the Amtrak station) and the West Philadelphia trolley
line. It's also next to the City Hall station on the Broad Street line.
||BAIL REDUCED FOR SHAPESHIFTER - 2600 STAFFER RELEASED|
2600 staffperson and community activist ShapeShifter, one of hundreds
taken into custody during last week's Republican National Convention
in Philadelphia, has finally been released.
||2600 LOSES MPAA LAWSUIT - APPEAL PLANNED|
It wasn't completely unexpected. But news of this defeat has angered and
shocked people throughout the net and its effects will be profound.
||ANALYSIS OF THE DECISION AGAINST 2600|
Facing a major lawsuit is a lot like facing a major illness. It's expensive, time consuming, and there are a million other ways you'd like to be spending your time. But if you don't devote all of your attention to fighting it, your continued existence is profoundly endangered.
||2ND SHOWING OF 2600 DOCUMENTARY SATURDAY|
The 2600 documentary "Freedom Downtime" will get a second screening this coming weekend at the second annual Toorcon in San Diego. The film will be shown Saturday evening at 9:00 in the Copper Room of the San Diego Concourse.
||MPAA STARTS A NEW ROUND OF THREATENING LETTERS|
As expected, the Motion Picture Association of America has begun to
threaten people all over the world in the wake of their victory in
the 2600 lawsuit.
||VERIZON BACKS DOWN FROM LAWSUIT THREAT|
According to news reports, Verizon is no longer pursuing legal action against 2600 due to our registration of verizonreallysucks.com.
||WHY VERIZON REALLY SUCKS|
If ever there was a reason to dismantle a telecommunications monopoly,
we've found it in the last few days. Odds are you won't read about it
in the papers, but we've had a five day Denial of Service attack and
we know who the culprit was. But we doubt Verizon will be hauled into
court to answer for their crimes and we don't think there will be hearings
on Capitol Hill on the matter anytime soon.
||YET ANOTHER LEGAL THREAT|
Read about the story behind www.guinessrecords.com.
We're clearing out everything left over from the H2K conference including
shirts, hats, and stickers. Full details at our online store.
||HOW MANY LEGAL THREATS CAN WE GET THIS YEAR?|
Since we've been publishing controversial material since 1984, we think we're in a good position to put things in perspective. And right now, there is an epidemic of legal activity on the part of large corporations like we've never seen before. We got yet another threat today.
||WHO NOT TO VOTE FOR|
Here's your chance to help us decide who the best candidate is in the
race for President of the United States. Because of all that has happened
in the past year, it's especially important to step forward and take a
||DMCA: NOW A WHOLE LOT WORSE|
Efforts to prevent the Digital Millenium Copyright Act from getting even worse have apparently fallen on deaf ears. It is now possible to be IMPRISONED simply for WRITING a program like DeCSS.
||HACKER POLL: NADER FOR PRESIDENT|
Our poll of visitors to our website on who the best presidential candidate
is has resulted in a clear majority for Ralph Nader as the person who
would best represent the interests of people concerned about freedom of
speech, the DMCA, and all of the bad things that have been happening in
the hacker world in the recent past.
||JELLO BIAFRA H2K KEYNOTE SPEECH NOW ONLINE|
It took us long enough but we finally have started sorting through the many
hours of H2K material. Over the next few weeks, audio transcripts of many
sessions will be posted here.
Videos will also be available soon.
||EXCLUSIVE WBAI CLINTON INTERVIEW|
WBAI-FM in New York, the station that airs Off The Hook Tuesday nights, received one hell of a shock on Election Day when President Clinton called the on-air line. What he never expected was that reporter Amy Goodman (heard during the WTO demonstrations on a now famous edition of Off The Hook) would keep him on the phone far longer than the two minutes he had allotted to the station so that he could promote Al Gore's candidacy.
||SHAPESHIFTER TRIAL SET FOR TUESDAY|
2600's layout and design artist, ShapeShifter, is scheduled to go on
trial in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 14. He was arrested during
the Republican National Convention and held on half a million dollars
||SHAPESHIFTER GUILTY ON TWO COUNTS - APPEAL PLANNED|
Before a packed courtroom in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon, Terrence
McGuckin, known to 2600 readers as layout artist ShapeShifter, was found
guilty on two of six charges related to his arrest at the Republican
National Convention in Philadelphia in August.
||Potential Crisis Looms at WBAI|
WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, the radio station that has hosted "Off The Hook"
since 1988, is facing a major confrontation with its owner, the
Pacifica Foundation, this week.
||WBAI Shakeup Apparently Underway|
The situation at New York's WBAI-FM took another bizarre and disturbing
turn in the overnight hours. As reported here earlier this month, the
station's general manager was fired by the Pacifica Foundation, leading
to an on-air revolt by many of the station staff. Now it appears that
in the early morning hours, a replacement has been named and installed.
In addition, locks at the station have reportedly been changed.