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04.02.01 STANFORD LAW SCHOOL DEAN WILL ARGUE 2600 CASE
In a major boost to our legal battle against the MPAA, Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan has joined our team and will be arguing the case in front of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on May 1. She joins Martin Garbus and the team from the Electronic Frontier Foundation who worked on the initial trial and continue to work diligently on the appeal.

04.10.01 SHIMOMURA IN THE NEWS AGAIN
Tsutomu Shimomura, the guy behind the 1995 capture of Kevin Mitnick and subsequent co-author of the book and movie "Takedown," has made it into the news again with the revelation of a security feature involving ALCATEL modems.

04.16.01 IMC DOCUMENTARY TO GET NATIONWIDE AUDIENCE
Imagine a documentary made with the cameras of hundreds of people that dramatically shows the abuses committed by the authorities against individuals in the streets of Seattle during the 1999 WTO protests. Now imagine that documentary actually being shown on nationwide television. In the United States, you might as well keep on imaging because it isn't going to happen anytime soon. But if you're in Canada, you'll have two chances to see this on Monday.

04.16.01 WIPO RECOMMENDS BANNING CERTAIN NAMES AND WORDS FROM DOMAINS
In what can only be described as an ominous sign of things to come, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has issued new recommendations to WIPO's member states. These recommendations include new bans on domain names that, if accepted, will open the door to further - and more encompassing - restrictions in years to come.

04.17.01 WASHINGTON POST PAINTS POSITIVE PICTURE OF 2600 MEETING
The Washington Post today has an interesting story about the DC 2600 meeting. Overall it does a good job illustrating the community building role of 2600 meetings.

04.25.01 VERIZON STRIKES AGAIN - CONNECTIVITY ISSUES AT 2600
We've been having severe connectivity problems affecting one of our main communication hubs which has caused no end of problems. Mail has been bouncing, staff people have been unable to keep in touch with contacts - even this week's edition of "Off The Hook" was a victim.

04.26.01 SPRING 2001 ISSUE OF 2600 IS OUT
It's about a month late but the Spring 2001 issue should now be appearing in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands. Follow this link to get a copy or to see the cover up close.

04.27.01 PRINCETON PROFESSOR CENSORED THANKS TO DMCA
We always had qualms about the HackSDMI challenge. Now it appears that our fears were well founded as legal threats have once again stood in the way of legitimate scientific research. And the way the music industry has attempted to buy this knowledge and keep it from the public is something we find truly disgusting.

04.27.01 LIFETIME 2600 SUBSCRIBERS NOT EXPIRING AFTER ALL
We've received a number of panic-stricken messages from lifetime subscribers who noticed an expiration date on the envelopes of the Spring 2001 issue. Be assured that it was a computer glitch that assigned an incorrect expiration date to people who shouldn't have gotten such a date at all. We do not in fact know when your lifetime will end and we make no such predictions for ours as well. We're sorry for the confusion.

04.28.01 FORD TAKES 2600 TO COURT
You may have read some stories in the media recently about us getting sued by yet another major corporation - this time the Ford Motor Company. We wanted to wait until we actually heard something official before saying anything about it. Incredibly, we didn't get anything official until late Friday.

04.28.01 DECSS APPEAL HEARING TUESDAY
On Tuesday, May 1st, while May Day is being celebrated in various ways around the world, we will be in court fighting for our freedom to link to and publish DeCSS. Stanford Law School dean, and remarkable constitutional scholar, Kathleen Sullivan will be arguing our case before Judges Newman, Cabranes, and Thompson, a visiting judge from the District Court of Connecticut.

04.28.01 SEATTLE IMC IN FREE SPEECH BATTLE
In the midst of last weekend's demonstrations in Quebec against the FTAA, the Independent Media Center in Seattle was being targeted by the FBI and the Secret Service. As 2600 is the host of New York City's IMC office, we're greatly concerned at such tactics for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that this has happened so many times before to so many other groups and organizations. This is why we feel compelled to support the IMC as they attempt to take back the media and report on news that is being ignored in the mainstream.

04.29.01 SHAPESHIFTER APPEAL TO BE HEARD WEDNESDAY
In what is quickly turning into a week of legal hearings, yet another 2600-related case will be heard on May 2.

04.30.01 MOCK ARGUMENTS IN DECSS CASE
On the eve of our appeal of the DeCSS decision, it might be a good idea to look at how freshmen at Princeton University recently handled some mock oral arguments concerning the case in a seminar taught by Computer Science Professor Andrew Appel.

04.30.01 COURTROOM ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY'S HEARING
For those people planning on attending Tuesday's DeCSS hearing in New York City, there are a few things you should be aware of.

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