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  • 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.


-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of
Sean Donelan
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 8:20 PM
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
> 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  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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