FW: Attention Free Software Users in the U.S.

Thomas Smeraldi thomas at utstar.com
Wed Apr 17 17:50:44 UTC 2002

There is a very organized website that makes it easier
to voice your concern by sending a FAX to congress.
Of course, there's no substitute for contacting your 
representatives directly.

Tom Smeraldi
UTStarcom Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joel Sherrill [mailto:joel.sherrill at oarcorp.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 2:19 PM
To: rtems-users at oarcorp.com
Subject: Attention Free Software Users in the U.S.


I don't step up on a political soapbox very often but this time 
it is necessary.  U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings has proposed an
an ill conceived piece of legislation known as the "Consumer 
Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act."  As written
could lead to the outlawing of open source software.  

I encourage all of you to read up on this bill and doing what you
feel is "The Right Thing To Do(tm)".  The Linux Weekly News
(http://www.lwn.net/) has a good writeup which includes a
discussion of how this bill would result in GNU/Linux distributions
being illegal in the U.S.  That write-up also includes a link
to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's newsletter which in 
turn contains a link to a form where the Senate Judiciary Committee
is taking online comments



And now back to the regular technical content. :)

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