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RE: FORGET THE LETTERS (was RE: Eat this RIAA)

  • From: Nigel Clarke
  • Date: Wed Aug 21 23:41:05 2002

To be perfectly honest, I could care less about any letters. It might be a
good idea to follow in the footsteps of
Informationwave and just take action.

<CLARKE>

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nanog@merit.edu [mailto:owner-nanog@merit.edu]On Behalf Of
Sean Donelan
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 8:20 PM
To: nanog@merit.edu
Subject: $12,000 per person registration fee (was RE: Eat this RIAA)



On Wed, 21 Aug 2002, Nigel Clarke wrote:
> However, this type of action might not be necessary at all.
>
> Some of the users on this list think RIAA's recent actions are nothing
more
> than empty threats.
> Why doesn't NANOG make a few of its own?
>
> A "polite" letter from a NANOG representative should do the trick.

The RIAA's annual budget is roughly $18 million.  That pays for lawyers
and other stuff which goes into writing "polite" letters. To raise that
much money Merit would need to charge about $12,000 per person per NANOG
meeting.  People complain the current $300 registration fee is too much.

NANOG is not a lobbying organization.  There are other several
organizations (and mailing lists) you may want to consider instead, such
as the Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org/  You can also
write your elected representatives for the price of a postage stamp.  Some
congress critters even accept e-mail now.






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