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Re: $12,000 per person registration fee (was RE: Eat this RIAA)

  • From: Owen DeLong
  • Date: Thu Aug 22 12:45:53 2002

While I agree with Sean that NANOG is not the place to lobby, I would
state that the coordination of a BGP blockade against RIAA's harmful
policies is an internet traffic management issue requiring coordination
among providers to solve.


Sean Donelan wrote:
> 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  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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