Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2007 20:58 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it. The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright - to promote progress, for the benefit of the public - then we must make changes in the other direction. This talk by Richard M. Stallman is broken into two parts: the main talk and the question and answer sessions following the talk. Both are available in only OGG/Theora format in keeping with Stallman's wishes."
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RE: Ogg/Theora
by b3timmons on Sat 21st Jul 2007 23:28 UTC in reply to "Ogg/Theora"
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And that means the people who he wants to hear this the most probably don't have the needed codecs installed, including me. Nice going, Stallman.

You do not have to agree with him in order to see that his wish for a free and open format of video distribution is consistent with the theme of the very video being distributed. Some may consider a non-free or non-open format in this case to be hypocritical.

Of course, many of the people who will steal the content are the same ones who rail against corporations being greedy and dishonest, but I digress.

First, copyright infringement is not stealing.[1] Second, your statement that those who criticize corporations for greed and dishonesty are also copyright infringers is not remotely justifiable. E.g., corporate critic Noam Chomsky bothering to infringe on something? The mind boggles.


(Although the article is about software, it presents general facts about copyrighted material.)

Edited 2007-07-21 23:37

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