Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 03:12 UTC
Editorial I was reading today about how Linux Mint developers altered the Banshee music player source code to redirect affiliate revenue from Amazon music orders to them instead of Banshee. They've reportedly made less than $4, which has caused a kerfluffle among those paying attention to that corner of the world. But it raises a larger point that has been swirling around for a couple of decades: an OS vendor has a lot of power to influence, and even monetize their user base. Where should they draw the line?
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RE[3]: Drawing the line
by Gone fishing on Tue 13th Dec 2011 17:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Drawing the line"
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I think kragil argument is that censorship is the blocking and removal of information, simply for being information and is wrong. On the other hand if information is linked to a real crime that exists in the non-virtual world, than it should be removed for its association to events crimes etc in the physical world, i.e. the world that courses pain and suffering to real people.

For example child porn should be removed for being linked to human trafficking, the rape of minors, etc and those involved prosecuted on those grounds, rather than being simply blocked virtually for being information (which child porn certainly is). So it would be unreasonably to block Lady Chatterley's lover or the Story of O as it is linked to no crime in the real world.

This argument has some merit – however, I'm not comfortable with the idea of virtually created images of child porn etc being acceptable because they are not linked to crimes in the real world, however, if we ban these then should you ban The story of O, Lady Chatterley's lover, Harry Potter etc where do you draw the line?

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