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07.03.01 ECPA NO LONGER APPLICABLE WHEN USED AGAINST AUTHORITIES?
A federal appeals court has just ruled that the ECPA (U.S.C. Section 2703(a), (b), and (c)) -- which was successfully applied in Steve Jackson Games, Inc. v. United States Secret Service -- is no longer applicable when police seize a BBS without showing probable cause that the email messages were criminal in nature.

07.05.01 MOTION TO DISMISS FILED IN FORD CASE
We have filed a motion to dismiss in the Ford lawsuit, which has been in the judge's hands since May 18. It's now available here.

07.12.01 SUMMER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Summer 2001 issue of 2600 was mailed out on Wednesday. Subscribers should have it in a day or two and it should start to appear on newsstands within the next few days.

07.12.01 HAL PREREGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
If you have been considering preregistering for the Hackers at Large (HAL 2001) conference through our Internet store, you can relax a little. The deadline for preregistering via credit card is now the 31st of July instead of the 15th. We're extending this because we've received numerous requests from people who are still making their travel plans. We've had a strong response since we started preregistering back in March and it's been getting significantly stronger in recent weeks.

07.12.01 HEARING IN DVDCCA CASE LATER TODAY
Remember the DVDCCA case? That's the OTHER DVD lawsuit we've been involved in thanks to the people at the DVD Copy Control Association. It's been held up in court while jurisdictional issues are resolved. Later today, a hearing will take place in a California court on whether the court can actually charge people from all around the world. One of the 500 defendants, Matthew Pavlovich, has challenged the court's jurisdiction.

07.20.01 CALL TO ACTION: FREE DMITRY!
Following a presentation at Defcon, Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested by the FBI for violating the DMCA. He is currently being held incommunicado awaiting transfer from Las Vegas, Nevada to San Jose, California where he will stand trial and faces up to 5 years in prison. All for writing software that enables people to exercise fair use.

07.24.01 PROTESTORS CLAIM VICTORY: ADOBE CALLS FOR SKLYAROV'S RELEASE
After a day of worldwide protest, Adobe Monday called for the release of jailed Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov in a press release issued jointly with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

07.28.01 NEW ROUND OF PROTESTS PLANNED IN SUPPORT OF SKLYAROV
After a meeting Friday between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the US Attorney's office produced no concrete results, activists reiterated their calls for protest in the case of jailed Russian Programmer Dmitry Sklyarov. The EFF has issued a media release supporting the protests.

07.30.01 DEADLINE TO PREREGISTER FOR HAL TUESDAY NIGHT
The deadline to preregister for HAL 2001 through the 2600 Internet Store will pass late Tuesday night.

07.30.01 2600 LAYOUT ARTIST JOINS LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
Last Thursday it was announced that 2600 staffmember ShapeShifter and Ruckus Society activist John Sellers are suing the City of Philadelphia over their arrests last summer at the protests surrounding the Republican National Convention.

07.31.01 SKLYAROV UPDATE: PROTESTORS TURN ATTENTION TO DOJ
Another round of worldwide protests occurred Monday in the case of arrested Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov. After last week's protests caused Adobe Software to drop its support for Sklyarov's prosecution, protestors are now turning their attention to the Department of Justice, which continues to prosecute the case despite Adobe's withdrawal of support.

07.31.01 FLYER DISTRIBUTION AT THIS WEEK'S 2600 MEETINGS
As worldwide support grows in the case of jailed Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, 2600 is calling upon attendees at all of this Friday's meetings to distribute information about the case.

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