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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I would sign, but ...
by vtolkov on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:49 UTC
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I would sign on some words but do not attach GNU license here. Yes, we need to fight for our rights in Internet to match their equivalent in the real word. But I can not sign on the statement, that Stallman's initiative with software is a kind of freedom. GNU license is restrictive, it limits creator in what he can do with his creation, like all other proprietary licenses do. So, this article becomes a kind of commercial: "fight freedom, buy from us".

Edited 2011-01-03 23:52 UTC

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