Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 11:53 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Internet & Networking "In the physical world, we have the right to print and sell books. Anyone trying to stop us would need to go to court. That right is weak in the UK (consider superinjunctions), but at least it exists. However, to set up a web site we need the cooperation of a domain name company, an ISP, and often a hosting company, any of which can be pressured to cut us off. In the US, no law explicitly requires this precarity. Rather, it is embodied in contracts that we have allowed those companies to establish as normal. It is as if we all lived in rented rooms and landlords could evict anyone at a moment's notice." Recommended reading. I'm no fan of Stallman, but despite a bit too much dramatisation towards the end, this article aptly illustrates in layman's terms why the 'net needs to be free, open, and unregulated.
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RE[4]: Nope !
by ARUmar on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 17:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Nope !"
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sarcasm aside.what happens if the situation goes the way of Hans Reiser and ReiserFS , its a curse and a blessing that Open projects identify so strongly with their founders , does WÄ°kileaks survive or do we go back to square zero.

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