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  • Robin Hamman
    December 23, 2002 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thing.net assistance page: https://secure.thing.net/backbone/ Contact: mailto:thing-group@rtmark.com ACTIVIST NETWORK
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      December 23, 2002
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Thing.net assistance page: https://secure.thing.net/backbone/
      Contact: mailto:thing-group@...

      ACTIVIST NETWORK IN NY EVICTED FROM INTERNET BY DOW, VERIO

      Bowing to pressure from the Dow Chemical Corporation, the internet
      company Verio has booted the activist-oriented Thing.net from the Web.

      Internet service provider Thing.net has been the primary service
      provider for activist and artist organizations in the New York area
      for 10 years.

      On December 3, activists used a server housed by Thing.net to post a
      parody Dow press release on the eighteenth anniversary of the disaster
      in which 20,000 people died as a result of an accident at a Union
      Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. (Union Carbide is now owned by Dow.)
      The deadpan statement, which many people took as real, explained that
      Dow could not accept responsibility for the disaster due to its
      primary allegiance to its shareholders and to its bottom line.

      Dow was not amused, and sent a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
      complaint to Verio, which immediately cut Thing.net off the internet
      for fifteen hours. A few days later, Verio announced that Thing.net
      had 60 days to move to another provider before being shut down
      permanently, unilaterally terminating Thing.net's 7-year-old contract.

      Affected organizations include PS1/MOMA, Artforum, Nettime, Tenant.net
      (which assists renters facing eviction), and hundreds more.

      "Verio's actions are nothing short of outrageous," said Wolfgang
      Staehle, Thing.net Executive Director. "They could have resolved the
      matter with the Dow parodists directly; instead they chose to shut
      down our entire network. This self-appointed enforcement of the DMCA
      could have a serious chilling effect on free speech, and has already
      damaged our business."


      RTMark, which publicizes corporate abuses of democracy, is housed on
      Thing.net. Please visit https://secure.thing.net/backbone/ to help
      Thing.net survive Dow's and Verio's actions, and to develop a plan to
      avoid such problems in the future.
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