2600 Magazine is taking the fight for SOFTWARE FREEDOM
to the streets of America! Striking a blow against the
INFORMATION HOARDERS where they live! Beaujolais to that!
Check this: if you don't know the scoop on the DeCSS decryption issue, man,
it's time you DID. Here's the deal: a group of brilliante Linux programmers
developed a program that would let you play DVD movies on your Linux box. You
would think that the DVD people would be, like, "Beaujolais!" to that, since it
saved them a lot of trouble. But no!
See, the dipshits who make DVD movies have this lame, trivial encryption on the
disks. The Linux DVD player needed to crack this encryption, using
reverse-engineering. Which is TOTALLY ILLEGAL in the United States -- but the
crazy cracking was done in Norway, which is a slightly more enlightened country
for hacking in. But the DVD people -- including the heavy-weight industry group
the MPAA -- started FREAKING OUT and running
around BLINDLY like wounded moose and SUING everybody they could find.
There have been HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE hackers-rights violations all over
the place. Bunches of people who just LINKED ON THEIR WEB PAGE to the DeCSS code
have been sued! Just for having a link! Mother fucker! Also, the poor sap who
did some of the first hacking on the project, Jon Johansen, was ARRESTED by ICY
VIKING THUGS, and all his computers were seized, and even his DAD was thrown in
the NORDIC CLINK! Imagine having to go to jail with your DAD, man. That would
The WEIRD thing is that it's ALL about wanting to watch MOVIES on Linux!
Watching MOVIES is not a fucking CRIME! It's not even MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE!
It's not like people aren't BUYING the fucking DVDs in the first place --
they're just ASKING TO PLAY THEM on a REASONABLE OPERATING SYSTEM. WHAT is so
wrong with that!? WHY does Jack Valenti have CAYENNE in his BRIEFS about this?
Anyways, 2600 Magazine, who are some of the
main defendants in this linking bullshit case, are calling on ALL SOFTWARE
FREEDOM ADVOCATES to take this battle BACK to the MAN. They want people to hit
the movie theaters of America this Friday with DEMONSTRATIONS and FLIERS and
just generally be a PAIN in the BUTT. It's one of those AWARENESS-RAISING things
that are so crucially important.
The movie industry has set itself up against the SOFTWARE JIHAD, and only ONE
group can come out on top here! Go to the movies this Friday and make sure it's
US and not THEM!