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01.13.00 2600 DISTRIBUTION NOTICE
Numerous stores will be without copies of 2600 while problems with a distributor are resolved.

01.15.00 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.

01.21.00 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.

01.25.00 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.

01.26.00 KEVIN FREE
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 crimes."

01.28.00 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.

01.30.00 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.

02.07.00 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.

02.09.00 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.

02.13.00 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.

02.14.00 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."

02.18.00 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.

02.23.00 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://207.99.30.230.

03.02.00 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.

03.12.00 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.

03.17.00 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.

03.23.00 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.

03.24.00 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.

04.06.00 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.

04.20.00 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.

04.23.00 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.

04.28.00 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.

04.28.00 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.

05.01.00 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.

05.02.00 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.

05.05.00 DVD LAWSUIT UPDATE
This week's developments: more positive media exposure, new declarations by experts, and a transcript of this week's court proceedings.

05.08.00 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.

05.16.00 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.

05.23.00 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.

06.01.00 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.

06.08.00 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.

06.10.00 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.

06.10.00 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.

06.12.00 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.

06.14.00 TRANSCRIPTS RELEASED
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).

06.15.00 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.

06.17.00 VALENTI AUDIO NOW AVAILABLE
As promised, audio of Jack Valenti's deposition is now available.

06.23.00 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.

06.26.00 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.

07.12.00 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 in advance.

07.13.00 DECSS LAWSUIT UDPATE
Since we're busy getting ready for H2K, it's been a while since the last update.

07.17.00 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.

08.05.00 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.

08.07.00 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.

08.08.00 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.

08.17.00 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.

08.21.00 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.

08.28.00 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.

08.30.00 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.

09.12.00 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.

10.02.00 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.

10.03.00 YET ANOTHER LEGAL THREAT
Read about the story behind www.guinessrecords.com.

10.04.00 H2K LEFTOVERS
We're clearing out everything left over from the H2K conference including shirts, hats, and stickers. Full details at our online store.

10.18.00 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.

10.30.00 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 stand.

10.31.00 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.

11.02.00 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.

11.02.00 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.

11.07.00 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.

11.10.00 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 bail.

11.15.00 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.

12.04.00 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.

12.23.00 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.

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