Archive by month: February 2012

We sent the following testimony on H.2842, a bill before the Massachusetts Legislature.  We believe that H.2842 would hurt Massachusetts businesses, harm open source software and reduce competition in Massachusetts. Please tell the Joint Committee on the Judiciary that you oppose H.2842 by contacting the chairs of the committee listed below.  If your Representative or Senator is on the committee, please contact them as well. Senator Cynthia Stone Creem Phone: 617-722-1639 Fax: 617-722-12...
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You can preregister for the conference by making a  contribution of $5 or more. We have finished the conference schedule: Time Event 9:00am-9:45am Breakfast & Opening Session - Are you a Pirate? 9:45am-10:00am Fair Use for Activists (Chris Walsh) 10:00am-11:00am How to Run for Office (James O'Keefe) 11:00am-11:30am Stranger Danger: Don't Click that Link Even If They Offer Puppies and Candy (Conor Sherman) 11:30am-noon Exploring Kopimism (Lauren Pespisa...
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Due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, we will have to end our March 10th conference at 6pm.  As such, we will not be able to show the open/public domain movies we had planned, unfortunately.  We will still have a showing of Your Face is a Saxophone, an open-source CC0 animated series at the March 10th conference. To make up for that change, on Saturday, May 12th, we will hold a longer open/public domain movie festival at the Democracy Center in Cambridge. At the festival, Professor Jar...
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You can register by making a contribution of $5 or more. We are putting the finishing touches on the schedule for our March 10th Pirate Party conference, and we wanted to share what the talks will be. David House, a researcher at MIT who helped set up the Bradley Manning Support Network, will be giving a talk entitled: Going toe-to-toe with the state: navigating the challenges of a digital activist. Shauna Gordon-McKeon, organizer for the Boston Sunlight Foundation, will talk about some...
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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a treaty that the US government worked on in secret with other countries to bring the US' draconian copyright laws to other countries.  It will: lock us into obsolete copyright and patent laws; criminalize harmless remixes by ordinary users if they achieve ‘a commercial scale’ (art 2.14.1) which many amateur videos do on sites like Youtube; criminalize legitimate websites by making them responsible for user behavior (‘aiding and abetting’...
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It may be the Superbowl on Sunday, February 5th, but well before kick off, we will be holding our (generally) monthly in-person meeting. It will be at 25 Moore St. in Somerville and will run from 2-4pm.  We have posted the agenda.  We hope you can make it.

 

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