[Rumori] Fw: [BoingBoing-mailblog] Park ranger threatens to arrest Eldred forhanding out free Waldens

Rick Prelinger footage at panix.com
Sat Jul 10 00:45:02 PDT 2004

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From: Cory Doctorow <doctorow at craphound.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 19:24:05 
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Subject: [BoingBoing-mailblog] Park ranger threatens to arrest Eldred for
	handing out free Waldens

Park ranger threatens to arrest Eldred for handing out free Waldens  
Eric Eldred, an Internet Bookmobile driver and poster child for the 
public domain, was threatened with arrest for handing out free copies 
of Walden at Walden Pond:
  Yesterday (July 8, 2004) I took the Internet Bookmobile to Walden Pond 
in  Concord, Mass. It was the 150th anniversary of H. D. Thoreau's book 
  "Walden." The Thoreau Society had a dawn to dusk reading.

  After an hour of having readers print and take away free copies of 
"Walden,"  I was asked by the Walden Pond Reservation police to pack up 
and leave  and threatened with arrest. I left.

  The park supervisor (Denise Morrissey, 978-369-3254) told me I could  
not pass out free literature without a permit. And she would not give 
me  a permit because, as she explained, the state park gets money from 
a  concession by the Thoreau Society, which operates a store that sells 
"Walden"--and I was competing with them by giving away free copies.

  There is no place to park at Walden Pond except in the state parking  
lot, for which I paid $5.
  Link (http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=18126) -- 
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