Forwarded from: "Jay D. Dyson" <jdysonat_private> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- General Notice: If you value your livelihood, you'd best get off your butt and take some action. - -----BEGIN FORWARDED MESSAGE----- Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 14:13:27 -0700 (PDT) From: board-enotifyat_private Subject: Proposed Legislation Significantly Affecting Computer Profession The USENIX Board of Directors has decided to alert our membership that bills pending before the U.S. Congress or in committee appear to have a detrimental impact on computer professionals. We are most concerned about aspects of two proposed bills, the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA), and how they interact with existing legislation such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The ATA redefines virtually all computer crime as terrorism, enlarges the maximum penalty to life in prison without parole, allows broad pre-conviction seizures, and, furthermore, does this retroactively, removing the existing statute of limitations. The SSSCA essentially mandates copyright protection in all digital consumer devices and makes disabling or avoidance of copyright mechanisms a felony offense. More information about these and related issues can be found at: http://www.usenix.org/whatsnew/legislation.html Similar legislation is being considered in other jurisdictions including Canada and some states. If you believe that provisions of these or similar acts are inappropriate, we strongly encourage you to contact your elected representatives as soon as possible and register your opinions. Sincerely, The USENIX Board of Directors http://www.usenix.org/directory/board.html - ----- END FORWARDED MESSAGE ----- ( ( _______ )) )) .-"There's always time for a good cup of coffee."-. >====<--. C|~~|C|~~| (>------ Jay D. Dyson - jdysonat_private ------<) | = |-' `--' `--' `--------------- rm -rf /bin/laden ---------------' `------' -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: 2.6.2 Comment: See http://www.treachery.net/~jdyson/ for current keys. iQCVAwUBO7uv5LlDRyqRQ2a9AQFdagP/SksKw4ekwfUD5dphPDt+q9DywQXCZ0PN jKs180PmNejYXSFO8c2g1z88pti8XlTfzDkPV0OmMIRo7AQxh3EbjzEuaT/9vNf5 AjVK65nHR+F/CwKxUoofrpQ9/74/oI1ELRgTitYnd/IAKSVvk06SQUkAqpfPZHI1 mqYGa3QB+DI= =h1VP -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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