Archives for All of 2001
||GAG RULE IMPOSED AT WBAI AS SITUATION DETERIORATES |
After a month of steadily increasing confrontation at the radio station
which broadcasts "Off The Hook," a gag rule has been imposed on all
programs, forbidding any discussion of the crisis.
||2600 NEWS SECTION IS LAUNCHED|
Welcome to the new incarnation of 2600's website. In addition to a brand new design, we've started an ambitious project to help keep our readers informed of the latest developments on a number of fronts.
||FBI CONTINUES TRANSITION TO DIGITAL SURVEILLANCE|
If you were worried that the FBI is lagging behind in their ability to listen in on your phone calls, you can rest easy. Thanks to the "Digital Storm" program and the $30 million allotted to the FBI Laboratory, it won't be long before those bulky tapes are a thing of the past.
||"OFF THE HOOK" RAISES NINE GRAND FOR LISTENER LAWSUITS|
The continuing crisis involving WBAI, the Pacifica Foundation, and listeners
took an interesting twist last Tuesday during a two-hour fundraising edition
of "Off The Hook" when host Emmanuel Goldstein announced midway through that
every dollar pledged to the radio station would be matched by 2600 and that
amount would also be donated to the listener lawsuit seeking to unseat the
Pacifica National Board.
||NSI PLAYING FAVORITES?|
Could it be that our friends at Network Solutions discriminate against some
users while letting others get away with not paying their bills?
||"FREEDOM DOWNTIME" OFFICIALLY FINISHED|
"Freedom Downtime," the 2600 documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the
fight to stop the making of "Takedown," (a major motion picture based on Kevin
Mitnick's life) has finally been finished. What this means is that we are now
submitting it to various film festivals around the planet.
||HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AWARDED $10,000 IN WEB PARODY CASE|
The American Civil Liberties Union won a $10,000 settlement on Tuesday for a
high school student who was wrongfully punished by his school district after
putting up a parody web page.
||MPAA UPDATE - FEDS JOIN IN CASE AGAINST 2600|
We have a new cast of characters facing off against us in court: the federal
||MORE ON THE 'TAKEDOWN' DISASTER|
A feature in today's Film Threat
gives some insight into the mysteries behind the still-unreleased movie
based on the life of Kevin Mitnick.
||COUSIN OF DMCA HITS AUSTRALIA ON SUNDAY|
A new law goes into effect on Sunday in Australia that is remarkably similar to
the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the United States. It's called the
Digital Agenda Bill and it basically outlaws the supply, manufacture, and importation
of "circumvention devices" in much the same way as the DMCA.
||INTERNET ADVERTISING TO GET EVEN BIGGER|
Thanks to the good folks at the Internet Advertising Bureau, we can all look forward to
even bigger advertisements staring us in the face as we browse the web. Yes, this is the
kind of article that will make you want to break things - don't say we didn't warn you.
||CHINA TO WIPE IMPURITY FROM THE NET|
In an apparent attempt to make its citizens the true Moral Majority, the Chinese
government is once again tackling the issue of impurity and all around nasty
thoughts on the Internet.
||'OFF THE HOOK' PRE-EMPTED WITHOUT NOTICE|
Tonight's edition of "Off The Hook" was pre-empted without any notice to us by WBAI. We expect to be on next week at the normal time. Stay tuned....
||'ULTIMATE HACK WEEK' AT MIT|
Now through Sunday, March 3, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be presenting the "MIT Hall of Hacks" exhibit at the MIT Museum.
||NFL, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL VS. 2600?|
In a somewhat surprising turn of events in the ongoing DeCSS lawsuit, some new entities have signed on to oppose us.
||HAL 2001 GIVEN OFFICIAL GO-AHEAD|
HAL 2001 is now official - the following announcement was put out on Thursday.
||EFF SCOLDS PACIFICA FOR WEB SITE THREATS|
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has taken a decisive step against recent actions of the Pacifica Foundation by admonishing them in an open letter released Friday. Pacifica (the license holder of radio station WBAI where "Off The Hook" is broadcast) has recently threatened owners of web sites wbai.net and savepacifica.net with legal action if they do not turn over control of their domains. Pacifica has come under increasing attack from numerous quarters
recently for everything from acts of censorship to recent lockouts and firings at WBAI. The letter's release comes during Pacifica's National Board meeting in Houston.
||DECSS MAKES THE COMICS|
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 1-3), the popular comic strip "The Boondocks" made very specific and on-target reference to the banning of the DeCSS code.
||FEAR OVER FORWARDING EMAIL IN AUSTRALIA|
The insanity has begun with a passion in Australia as the first day of the new Digital Agenda Act came and went. It is now technically possible to be sent to prison for forwarding an email without permission. Yes, this is reality.
||WBAI PRODUCER FORCED OFF LIVE AIRWAVES|
In yet another dramatic escalation in the WBAI/Pacifica crisis, the host
of an afternoon talk show was forced off the air Monday live over the
airwaves by Interim General Manager Utrice Leid.
||BIBLIOFIND FOUND TO BE VERY CARELESS|
If the net seems somewhat slow to you in the next couple of days, don't worry. It's just the lag caused by 98,000 pieces of email being sent out to various Bibliofind customers, telling them that their credit card numbers have been compromised.
||CONGRESSMAN TO ADDRESS CONGRESS ON WBAI CRISIS|
Rep. Major Owens (D-NY) plans to bring up Monday's actions at WBAI in front of the House of Representatives either today or tomorrow.
||MICROSOFT OUTLOOK HELPS SPREAD VIRUS YET AGAIN|
How many more times will we wake up to hear about yet another stupid file being distributed throughout the net via email and opened by clods using Microsoft Outlook? At least one more.
||CSS DESCRAMBLING REDUCED TO 7 LINES?|
||WBAI MAKES IT TO THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS|
As promised, Rep. Major Owens (D-NY) brought the controversy at WBAI to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday morning. This extraordinary step puts the spiraling crisis involving listeners, community radio stations, and the parent Pacifica Foundation in front of an even larger audience.
||WILL THE MEDIA EVER GET IT RIGHT?|
This really shouldn't be so difficult. Hackers play with technology, question
authority, tend to be somewhat mischievous, and seem to always be getting
into trouble. Why is it the media seems to think that every time something
happens to a credit card number, a hacker is somehow responsible?
||CAN IT BE? A CONGRESSMAN CRITICIZING DMCA?|
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) may be the first congressman we've seen who actually gets it. On Tuesday, he gave the keynote address at a Consumer Electronics Association Conference known as "Digital Download: Public Access to Content in a Digital World." In that address, we see the first hints that members of Congress may actually be having second thoughts about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
||ABC NEWS CLAIMS HACKING IS A RESPONSE TO BOMBING|
We see more and more evidence in the media of hacking being equated with real-life crime. But this latest one really boggles the imagination.
||2600 DECSS REPLY BRIEF FILED|
Our legal team has filed a reply brief responding to the claims made by the MPAA, US Government, and various majorleague sports entities.
||TICKETS TO HAL NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH 2600|
Tickets to Hacking At Large 2001, to be held in the Netherlands on August 10, 11, and 12, are now available through the 2600 Online Store.
||PBS TO DEMONIZE HACKERS IN NEW SHOW|
We may still have a chance to fix this one. But we have to wonder what these people are thinking.
||'FREEDOM DOWNTIME' TO BE SHOWN TWICE AT I-CON CONFERENCE|
"Freedom Downtime," the 2600 Films documentary on the Free Kevin movement, will be shown twice at next weekend's I-CON 20 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
||NATIONAL PROGRAMMING DISRUPTED AT PACIFICA|
The national programming feed of the Pacifica Radio network was taken over this morning in the middle of a news broadcast with a five minute statement on the ongoing crisis involving the network. But it wasn't a member of the various organizations opposed to the Pacifica National Board who took over the broadcast. Instead, it was the network management.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||FORD HEARING RESCHEDULED|
The hearing in Michigan for the new Ford lawsuit that was scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for Friday, May 18 at 2 pm at 231 W. Lafayette Boulevard, Room 707 in Detroit. Part of the reason for this is the apparent inability of the plaintiffs to properly serve us.
||APPEAL HEARD IN 2600/DECSS CASE|
Our appeal in the DeCSS case was heard on Tuesday before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. We had a packed courtroom that hung on every word after patiently sitting through five other cases. The decision could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months to be announced.
||SHAPESHIFTER CASE DELAYED|
The case against our layout artist ShapeShifter, scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, has been delayed while the court schedules a trial. When his lawyers demanded a jury trial on Wednesday, there was no immediate availability of a judge. This could change on very short notice and the trial could be held anywhere from Thursday to sometime in June. We will keep you updated here.
||'FREEDOM DOWNTIME' TO SCREEN AT OHIO FILMFEST|
The 2600 documentary "Freedom Downtime" will be screened at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, currently taking place at the College of Fine Arts in Athens, Ohio. Our film will be shown this Friday evening at 7 pm. The festival started in 1974 and is defined as "a week-long celebration of independent, 'outsider' cinema, video, and digital/multi-media." It's also our very first appearance at a film festival anywhere. We hope to see a large number of attendees.
||SHAPESHIFTER TRIAL NOW SET FOR FRIDAY|
Twelve jurors and two alternates have been selected for the trial of 2600 staffmember ShapeShifter. The judge questioned 37 prospective jurors focusing on their attitudes on the credibility of police officers, their experience with the criminal justice system, and other standard questions designed to address their ability to be impartial.
||EMMANUEL GOLDSTEIN TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS SATURDAY|
2600 Editor/Publisher Emmanuel Goldstein will be giving the keynote speech at this year's Trenton Computer Festival in Edison, New Jersey this Saturday starting at 2:35 pm. The festival, which includes a large outdoor flea market has been in existence since 1976. Other talks include such subjects as Amateur Radio Forum, Digital Music and the Internet, Online Security and Privacy, and Intro to C++. The hours of operation are Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4 with the flea market opening at 9 each day.
||SHAPESHIFTER ACQUITTED ON ALL CHARGES|
At 11:42 AM, just two hours after his trial began, Judge Gary S. Glazer
granted a motion for a judgement of acquittal of 2600 layout artist ShapeShifter, also known as Terrence McGuckin.
||AUDIO AVAILABLE FOR 2600 DECSS HEARING|
We've gotten ahold of the audio from last Tuesday's hearing before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on our posting of the DeCSS code.
||2ND CIRCUIT COURT ASKS FOR 1ST AMENDMENT CLARIFICATION|
In what we consider to be good news in the DeCSS appeal, we received an order from the 2nd Circuit
today vacating the previous order seeking a Supplemental brief and
directing the parties to answer 11 questions in 25 pages by May 30. The tone of these questions indicate that they are taking our First Amendment arguments very seriously.
||PACIFICA BACKS OFF LAWSUIT THREAT TO CRITICAL DOMAINS|
The Pacifica Foundation, owner of radio station WBAI (home of "Off The Hook") and four other stations, has backed off of a threat to sue the owners of various web sites that criticized the network and its stations.
||2600.COM HIJACKED THROUGH NSI FOULUP|
Imagine our surprise when we were told by readers that 2600.com no longer belongs to 2600.com! That's the nightmare that we were greeted with on Friday due to a bizarre foulup with Network Solutions.
||UPDATE: NSI FIXES DATABASE PROBLEM|
Fortunately, we were able to track down the right people at Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) and our domain problems have been taken care of. Whois information may not be completely updated until Tuesday but we're told that any disruption to our domain is extremely unlikely.
||CARAVAN TO DETROIT PLANNED FOR FORD HEARING|
We have moved into full swing for this coming Friday's hearing in defense of Ford's lawsuit against us. The 2600 van will be called upon to make the journey through upstate New York and Canada into Detroit, hopefully picking up additional vehicles along the way so that we have a caravan by the time we hit Detroit.
||PROTECTIVE ORDER MOTION FILED IN FORD CASE|
Our legal team has filed a Protective Order Motion in the Ford lawsuit, which is designed to protect us from any funny business that Ford or their friends in Michigan may be planning. Since members of 2600 will be in Michigan for the hearing on Friday and since we don't ordinarily spend any time within the jurisdiction of Ford, we want some assurance that this whole thing won't be used as a shortcut to have us served with all kinds of other lawsuits they may be conjuring up. We're told this kind of thing happens often, so it pays to be safe.
||EXPERT WITNESSES, CARAVAN STOPS, DONATIONS NEEDED FOR FRIDAY'S HEARING|
As Friday's hearing in the Ford lawsuit grows closer, we're calling upon those concerned with freedom of speech to participate in a number of ways.
||FIVE PERCENT OF FORD LEGAL FEES RAISED IN ONE DAY|
In just a single day of fundraising, we've managed to raise one twentieth (five percent) of our total legal bills for the Ford lawsuit. Supporters can make contributions through our Internet store for any amount starting at one dollar. We want to thank those of you who came forward - it's already made a significant difference. With your support and that of others, we'll get through this thing.
||CARAVAN PROGRESS ON WEBSITE|
You can follow the progress of the 2600 caravan to Detroit by checking the Caravan Update section of the FordReallySucks.com website.
||AFFIDAVIT FILED BY 2600 IN FORD CASE|
2600 today filed an affidavit in the Ford lawsuit.
||MORE DOCUMENTS FILED BY 2600 IN FORD CASE|
2600 today filed an opposition brief and motion to dismiss in the Ford lawsuit.
||REBUTTAL BRIEF FILED BY 2600 IN FORD CASE|
2600 today filed another brief in the Ford lawsuit.
||HEARING ADJOURNED IN FORD CASE|
The arguments for both sides were heard today in the Ford lawsuit and the case is currently being decided. We are now awaiting Judge Robert Cleland's decision.
||EXTENDED 'OFF THE HOOK' TUESDAY|
A reminder - "Off The Hook" will be airing for three hours on Tuesday instead of the usual one hour. It begins at 7:00 pm ET and runs until 10 as part of the WBAI spring fundraiser. If you've gotten something out of the radio show over the years, please pledge your financial support during the program so that we can continue to have a place to be heard.
||FOURTH HOPE CONFERENCE CONFIRMED|
H2K2 - the fourth Hackers On Planet Earth conference - has been confirmed for the summer of 2002. We've secured what is probably the largest space ever for a hacker conference.
||'OFF THE HOOK' PULLS IN SIX GRAND|
The three hour "Off The Hook" special on Tuesday night brought in over $6000 for WBAI. By all accounts this is a very good showing. We thank everyone for their support.
||ADDITIONAL FILINGS AVAILABLE IN FORD CASE|
We have three additional filings now online in the still undecided Ford lawsuit. They include Ford's objection to our initial declaration, our objection to their complaint, and our supplemental declaration filed after the hearing of May 18.
||SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEFS FILED WEDNESDAY IN DECSS APPEAL|
Following our May 1st oral arguments to the appeals court in the DeCSS case, the judges asked us to respond to a list of questions in supplemental briefs. The encouraging questions focused on issues used to determine the level of First Amendment scrutiny to apply.
||DEMONSTRATORS ENTER WBAI - REPORTERS CLASH|
Tensions at WBAI again exploded onto the airwaves on Monday morning as
18 demonstrators entered the station in an attempt to restore the popular
"Democracy NOW!" program to the airwaves. When it was over, a reporter
from WBAI had become involved in a physical altercation with a reporter
from the Independent Media Center.
||PRINCETON SCIENTISTS SUE OVER SDMI INCIDENT|
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
will ask a federal court on Wednesday to rule that Princeton
University Professor Edward Felten and his research team
have a First Amendment right to present their research on
digital music access-control technologies at the USENIX
Security Conference this August in Washington, DC, despite
threats from the recording industry.
||FORD HEARING TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE|
We've gotten ahold of the transcript of the May 18 hearing in the Ford Lawsuit against 2600. It's fascinating reading as it illustrates the many misconceptions and overall lack of understanding that Ford (and probably much of corporate America) has towards the Internet specifically and freedom of speech in general.
||SURVEY: WHO SHOULD GIVE THE KEYNOTE AT H2K2?|
We've already gotten a good number of suggestions on what kinds of panels and speakers we should get for H2K2, the fourth HOPE conference, scheduled for July 12-14, 2002 in New York City. Right now we're looking for input specifically on keynote speakers. There was a great response to last year's keynote address by Jello Biafra, Brock Meeks in 1997, and Robert Steele in 1994. We'd like to continue in the tradition of having strong, dynamic speakers who capture the imagination. So we're asking those of you interested in attending the next conference who you would like to see in that position. It really can be anybody in the world but we'd like to know why you think they would be a good choice and how they pertain to the hacker culture. This is not a popularity contest so please don't get all of your friends to select Trent Reznor or something. Our decision will be based on a number of factors and your input is one of them. To participate, send email to email@example.com. Include the name of your selection, their accomplishments, why you think they'd be a good choice, and contact information for your selection if you have any. Keep checking here and on www.hope.net for more info on H2K2.
||SHAPESHIFTER CASE: FULL RETURN OF BAIL DENIED|
One of the basic beliefs most everyone seems to share is that once you're acquitted of a crime, you're freed of any penalty associated with that crime. But we're learning that, at least in the United States, that's not really the case.
||NEW TOP LEVEL DOMAINS BEGIN WORKING|
Two of the brand new top level domains are slowly starting to work.
This week the .biz and .info TLDs were added to the root zones and
a very limited number of addresses began to work.
||VIDEO STORE RAIDED FOR SELLING IMPORTED DVD'S |
A front page article in the Swedish daily Metro (Skane edition) has a very interesting
article about a raid which took place at video stores in Gothenburg
and Stockholm. Apparently, the only reason this raid took place was
because the store was selling Region 1 DVD's - in other words, imported
DVD's. No, this is not a dream.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||DEADLINE TO PREREGISTER FOR HAL TUESDAY NIGHT|
The deadline to preregister for HAL 2001 through the 2600 Internet Store will pass late Tuesday night.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||SKLYAROV RELEASED ON BAIL AFTER THREE WEEKS|
In the Federal District Court in San Jose Monday afternoon, a bail motion was granted for Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov.
||"FREEDOM DOWNTIME" TO BE SHOWN AT HAL|
"Freedom Downtime," the 2600 documentary about the hacker world and the Free Kevin movement, will be shown this Friday at 10 pm at the Hackers At Large conference in the Netherlands. A full schedule of the conference is now available at the HAL 2001 site.
||MORE FIRINGS, BANNINGS, AND RESIGNATIONS AT WBAI|
In what seems to be a renewed round of activity at Pacifica's beleaguered WBAI (home of "Off The Hook"), a number of staff people have found themselves barred from the station in recent days with the loss of still more programming, as the crisis at WBAI stretches into its eighth month. Still another well known programmer resigned on the air Monday morning.
||OFF-AIR TAPE SHOWS NATURE OF CONFLICT AT WBAI|
In the wake of firings and program disruptions at WBAI, a rather
remarkable bit of audio has surfaced that paints a vivid picture
of some of the behind the scenes turmoil that went on in the early
months of the crisis.
||"FREEDOM DOWNTIME" SELECTED FOR WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL|
"Freedom Downtime," the 2600 documentary on the Free Kevin movement and the hacker culture, has been selected for screening at the Woodstock Film Festival, to be held September 20-23 in Woodstock, New York. The film will be shown on Saturday, September 22nd at 5 pm.
||SKLYAROV AND EMPLOYER ARRAIGNED, PROTESTS OCCUR NATIONWIDE|
In the Federal Court at San Jose Thursday morning, Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and his employer, Elcomsoft, were each arraigned on five counts of copyright violation.
||ADDITIONAL RADIO SHOWS NOW ONLINE|
Archived recordings of Emmanuel Goldstein's previous radio series are now available online.
||1993 EDITIONS OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" NOW ONLINE|
An additional year of the radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (12 in all) are from 1993.
||WBAI OFF THE AIR|
Shortly after 5:00pm ET today, WBAI 99.5 FM in New York abruptly went off the air after losing power to the studios at 120 Wall Street. The radio station was still broadcasting for much of the day following the extraordinary events in New York and Washington, DC. Those who are in the studio are reportedly unharmed although the smoke and dust in the area remains thick. WBAI's transmitter, located at the top of the Empire State Building, was unaffected by the events earlier in the day.
||THOUGHTS FROM NEAR THE ABYSS|
Our connectivity has come back for now. Considering what the city has been going through, it's a miracle it's been up at all. The power continues to come from a generator operating near Ground Zero. We don't know when things will be back to normal technically. Things won't be back to normal in other ways for a very very long time.
||LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR HACKERS COULD BE IMMINENT|
According to an article published at the SecurityFocus site, one of the provisions of the Justice Department's new Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) would categorize violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as "federal terrorism offenses." This means that offenders could be sentenced to life in prison without parole. In addition, the Act could be enforced retroactively, meaning that computer crimes from many years ago could be successfully prosecuted today. Those convicted of providing advice or assistance could also be prosecuted in the same manner.
||UPDATES ON DMITRY SKLYAROV CASE|
At a hearing on September 24, the following happened:
1) Joe Burton became the defense attorney for Elcomsoft
and dropped representation for Dmitry Sklyarov.
2) John Keker, a well-known attorney from the San Francisco
firm Keker and Van Nest, became the new defense attorney
for Dmitry Sklyarov.
3) The court agreed to a hearing date of November 26
at which time the schedule will be set for motions in
In the meantime, the discovery process of the trial
||PACIFICA VICE CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR SALE OF WBAI LICENSE|
In a story in Tuesday's San Francisco Examiner, Pacifica Vice Chairman Ken Ford confirmed the worst fears of WBAI listeners by publicly calling for the sale of the station's license.
||MITNICK TO PORTRAY CIA AGENT ON TELEVISION|
Kevin Mitnick, famed computer hacker who spent nearly five years in prison for online crimes that were never clearly spelled out, will make his television acting debut Sunday evening on the ABC television series "Alias."
||MAILING HOUSE FOULUP AFFECTS SOME 2600 SUBSCRIBERS|
A technical blunder by our mailing house resulted in the wrong address information being printed on the envelopes of our just-released Fall issue. This resulted in non-renewing subscribers getting issues while those who subscribed since June didn't get anything. In addition, last issue warnings weren't printed on the envelopes of those subscribers whose last issue was Fall and any changes entered since June weren't relected on the envelopes.
||CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM FOLLOWS DVD RULING IN CALIFORNIA|
A unanimous decision by a California court on Thursday in the
original DeCSS case has given hope to those of us involved
and those who have been closely following these cases.
We're still waiting for a decision in our appeal, which
was heard back in May.
||PACIFICA VICE CHAIRMAN RESIGNS|
After igniting a storm of controversy with recently published remarks comparing Pacifica protestors to al Qaeda terrorists and calling for the sale of the WBAI and KPFA commercial licenses, Pacifica vice chairman Ken Ford has resigned.
||SETTLEMENT REPORTEDLY REACHED IN PACIFICA IMPASSE|
It appears that a settlement of some sort is imminent in the
battle over the future of the Pacifica network, which includes
WBAI, host station for "Off The Hook."
||"OFF THE HOOK" PRE-EMPTED TUESDAY|
"Off The Hook" won't be on this Tuesday due to the WBAI fundraiser. We expect to be back on the air next Tuesday.
||PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD AGREES TO RESIGN|
It appears that major changes are imminent at Pacifica, owner of WBAI, host of "Off The Hook." At the national board meeting in Washington DC this weekend, a number of important issues were addressed and substantial progress appears to have been made towards resolving some longstanding controversies.
||AOL LINKS ITS "KIDS ONLY" SITE TO PORNOGRAPHY|
In what is either a massive blunder or some sort of practical joke, America Online has a link in its "Kids Only" section to a pornography site.
||SKLYAROV UPDATE: DMCA WILL BE CHALLENGED IN COURT|
A hearing was held Monday in the long-running case of Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer charged with criminal violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
||2600 DMCA APPEAL LOST - FELTEN LAWSUIT THROWN OUT|
A decision has come down in our DMCA appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. We lost.
||VALENTI AND LESSIG TO DEBATE DMCA TONIGHT IN L.A.|
The timeliness is rather amazing. Tonight, one day after the appeals decision in the DMCA case was handed down against us, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti, is scheduled to take part in a debate with Stanford University law professor Larry Lessig. The topic? The DMCA, of course!
||HTML VERSION OF APPEALS DECISION NOW AVAILABLE|
We've obtained a much easier to read version of Thursday's Court of Appeals decision against us. A link can now be found in the original story.
||1992 EDITIONS OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" NOW ONLINE|
An additional year of the radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (27 in all) are from 1992.
||2600 IRC NETWORK RETURNS|
The 2600 IRC network (irc.2600.net) is back online after nearly a month's absence. Users can now connect their IRC clients to port 6667 of irc.2600.net (most clients will do this by default).
||DMITRY SKLYAROV TO BE HEADING HOME SOON|
We're pleased to report a major development in the case of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov; it's being reported that Dmitry will be allowed to return home to Russia, and that all criminal charges against him will eventually be dropped!
||2600 WINS FORD LAWSUIT - RIGHT TO LINK UPHELD|
On December 20, a ruling was issued denying Ford's complaint against 2600. Last April Ford Motor Company sued 2600 Enterprises for pointing fuckgeneralmotors.com at their website. The judge's decision reaffirms the right of domain name holders to point their websites where they choose. While the court avoided ruling on important First Amendment issues, it flatly rejected all of Ford's trademark infringement claims. "This is a decisive victory and we are absolutely delighted," said attorney Eric Grimm who argued the case for 2600. "The court ruled consistently with the law and all precedent."