Thousands of copies of the flyer have already been distributed at movie theaters worldwide. Versions are also being made in different languages. The next step will involve a massive action this Friday, February 4, 2000.
We call on all 2600 meetings held around the world on that day to head to the local theaters and spread the word of this travesty of justice by handing out as many flyers as possible. Everyone is invited to show up and participate, bring your friends, tell your local Linux User Group, spread the news to any organization you're part of, and join us in advocating justice. We find that once people are made aware of the facts of the case, they become as outraged as we have.
TIPS FOR HANDING OUT FLYERS
First, make sure you make the flyers distinctive by printing on colored paper if at all possible. The quickest way to do this is to go to a copy shop. Get several hundred at the very least - you WILL go through them quickly. Make sure you can print more if you need them.
Familiarize yourself with the facts of the case as presented on www.opendvd.org. It's important to be able to answer questions of people who are interested in learning more. Remember, this is NOT about DVD piracy - that is how the movie industry is trying to portray this case. The issue here is CONTROL of players - whether you have the right to play DVD's on the computer of your choice and whether you should be able to see DVD's from other countries. As well as our freedom to continue reporting on the events, developments and discoveries of the hacker community, in a full and accurate manner.
We find that people respond well to "Protect Your Rights" as a catch phrase to get them to take the flyer. Let us know if others work for you. Be courteous to the people passing by - don't block their path and, if they ignore you or even make a snide remark, don't heckle them. We find that the vast majority of people are polite and interested in what you have to say. You'll find that some will even come up to you asking for more flyers! Have a set of master copies (printed on white paper) for others to make copies of their own and hand out in other places.
If you are asked to leave by theater management, cooperate and ask them where they would like you to stand. They can't force you to leave the area, only the part that is their property. You can still successfully hand out material to everyone coming and going by positioning yourself in neighboring areas or even in the parking lot. If things become unpleasant, simply head to another theater in a different part of town. (If you run out of theaters, you can always fall back on video stores.) We find that 90% of such confrontations can be averted by befriending security guards and making it clear that you don't intend to be disruptive.
Get the flyer:
English: [HTML] [PDF] [PostScript] [GIF] [MS_Word]
German: [HTML] [PostScript]