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Posted 31 Jul 2001 23:45:49 UTC

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.

We urge every meeting to print up a number of flyers (which can be downloaded here) and distribute them after the meeting. Everyone is urged to show up and participate. Bring your friends, connect with existing Free Dmitry activists in your area, spread the news to any organization of which you are a part, and join us in pushing for Dmitry's freedom. We find that once people are made aware of the facts of the case, they become as outraged as we have.

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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. It is also helpful to put local contact information if possible. Check freesklyarov.org to see if there is a website or mailing list for your area.

Familiarize yourself with the facts of the case as presented on freesklyarov.org. It's important to be able to answer questions of people who are interested in learning more. It is also important to be able to summarize the issue quickly to maintain people's attention. You should emphasize the fact that Sklyarov's program is not designed to make copies of encrypted PDF files, as well as the fact that he was arrested in the US for something he did in Russia, where it is legal. One effective point to make is to point out that blind people have used ElcomSoft's product to bypass the restriction on text-to-speech programs that some eBook sellers have put in place.

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.

Try to find a place with a lot of foot traffic to distribute flyers. If you are asked to leave by the management of a local establishment, 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. The precise laws for flyering on private property vary from state to state, but, unless you are familiar with the laws in your area, it is best to play it safe and avoid confrontation. You can still successfully hand out material to everyone coming and going by positioning yourself in neighboring areas. If things become unpleasant, simply head to another location. 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.

After flyering, please email mike and let us know how it went so we can compile a report.

Good luck!

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