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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spiderman
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2008-10-23

Brendan,

I understand where you coming from but I believe you are in the wrong. DRM is not bad when looked at from the angle you look at it. The error you make is believing that the media corporations deserve freedom, just as any other human being. Using DRM is not bad for personal data. The fact is that media corporations are not human. The media corporations have a social responsibility. They only exist in order to serve us. You have every right to demand that the corporations be forced to act in your interest or be killed.

If you allow corporations to use DRM, then you give them the power to lock down a huge part of human culture forever. Even after the copyright has expired, the corporation will still retain the lock.

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