[free-sklyarov] AAP press release

mike castleman mlc67 at columbia.edu
Mon Dec 17 20:29:13 PST 2001

On Mon, Dec 17, 2001 at 07:54:40PM -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> Which is it, Pat?  Do you want him locked up or free?  Personally,
> I've been for free all along.

What? You expect consistency from these folk?

Seriously, one of the most annoying but consistent rules of dealing
with mean, powerful people (the two seem to go hand in hand) is that
they always have to think they've won.[*] Even when DMCA is overruled
by the Supreme Court eventually, you can bet that MPAA, AAP, and
friends will be issuing press releases about how, really, this is all
for the best and blah blah blah blah blah. Ignore them.

[*] Just one example of many: the campus anti-sweatshop protests of a
couple years ago. Students would take over their administrations'
offices and demand X, Y, and Z, which the administrations had
previously been unwilling to consider. Then, all of a sudden,
administrations issue statements about how after "careful
consideration", they've come to the conclusion that X, Y, and 1/2 of Z
are really wonderful things for the university, and they should've
been doing them all along, and these kids in the President's office
have nothing to do with that decision, nosiree. Really kinda funny.

ĝis la,

mike castleman / mlc67 at columbia.edu / http://mlcastle.net / (646) 382-7220
current location: columbia university, new york, ny, us
students for an orwellian society: http://www.studentsfororwell.org/
because 2001 is 17 years too late.
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