Ok, so this week, I set up a wiki.
It was 1999, somewhere around there, when I was at the 2600 site, getting more info on freeing Kevin. Well, I saw the information on DeCSS and got involved.
It was easy at first. Not a lot of DMCA cases. I could keep track of all the new ones. That is until about 2001. Then, it got really strange. It was around this time that I called Berkman center about the GAIM case, and spoke with Wendy Seltzer about her new project, Chilling Effects.
Chilling does an excellent job, and so does the EFF. However, I thought that a contributatory system of DMCA information was in need.
I needed help back then. I couldn't track, list, link, comment and post on all the upcoming DMCA information.
On the 20th of July (about a week and half ago), I gave a presentation at The Last Hope. Presentation found here:
http://www.tim.netblues.org/index.php? option=com_rokdownloads&view=folder&Itemid=10&677e12c07f99a 353eb0968c0e8b0df69=3dfdec78cc6ea4d588e09cff32d74596
ok, long link - Tim dot Netblues dot org - then click downloads.
I think they were expecting my typical, passionate "DOWN WITH THE DMCA" speech.
Instead they got boring information about counternotifications and such. I had to. Not many people are fighting the DMCA. This is the way they can fight! I thought about it, and realized, after 10 years, I lost some hope. Lost some passion. Never did I lose interest. I just lost the hope to fight. We made such small steps into progress. After years of work, I felt like I was an anonymous bug caught in the windshield of the DMCA. What could I do?
What I realized when I was doing my research was that there is so much information and it's not found in one place.
The sites that list all the cases are not as easy to access as I would like. I think a WIKI would serve as a good knowledgebase.
Another thing I realized at the conference is that I am never going to get this book out until I get myself organized. I know I was supposed to get my outline and draft to RMS this month and I'm way behind.
There's so much info. I just need to organize it. I'm hoping to get some community help and reviews. If I can get people to contribute to the wiki, that would rock. I wouldn't have to spend hours in a day posting new info. Sometimes I miss cases!
Then, maybe I can concentrate on the book. Also, if I can get some donations, maybe I can finalize the DMCA documentary or at least post some stuff to netblues or Youtube or something!
I have some awesome video - albeit less than amateur:
Dmitry Sklyarov Rally and Speech
Protesters with Don Marti in San Fran
Interview with Bennett Haselton - Peacefire
I seriously need to get this stuff done and can't do it alone.
I'm hoping the wiki and the community will drive this single source for information about the DMCA!
Yeah, I'm back. Finally, something I can contribute in the fight against the DMCA!