Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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I think I understand your argument that someone who believes in freedom shouldn't restrict others from using DRM. However I think there are some practical limits as well. There are other perspectives which aren't all-together unreasonable. Should I respect the freedom of others to restrict my own freedoms? This is after all what DRM does.

DRM is factually being used today in the US (and maybe elsewhere) to prohibit consumers from excersizing their explicit fair use rights, should content distributors be free to do that in the name of freedom?

DRM is often imposed in monopoly form where there are no other legal alternatives and no choices.

All the recent laws around copyright have been drafted and passed behind closed doors without so much as consulting public interests. Should the public tolerate such undemocratic processes in the name of freedom?

Obviously the question at hand is who's freedom should be respected? That's really the heart of the problem.

Ultimately, my own belief is that governments (should) exist to serve the public alone. Under a genuine democracy, such anti-consumer laws would probably never have come to be. Corporations should have absolutely zero sway in government, and their shareholders should have the same voting privileges as everyone else and nothing more. What we have now is one of the most corrupted democracies in the world(*).

* Not intended to be a factual statement ;)

Edited 2012-01-05 04:05 UTC

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