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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.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
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 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.