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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If you pay a fee to play a media file on one specific device, does that give you the right to play the media file on a different device? Does it give you the right to make copies? Sell the media file to a friend? You could've chosen not to pay the fee (and not to play the file) at all, or chosen to pay full price and buy a media file of your own (and get the rights to do anything you like with your media file); but you didn't, so you only have the right to play the media file on one specific device. If you don't like your own choice then make a different choice.

Most of that stuff is friggin' legal in many places.

In my place (and in many others) it is perfectly legal to do a backup copy, copy used by family, or copy for the purpose of using in different format (say, CD->mp3 - but of course also DVD/Bluray -> drive-less laptop or portable player ...oh, yes, I can just ignore & crack DRM which prevents me from exercising what is my legal right) were saying?

And in fact, I can do however many copies / installs of some software I bought as I like - as long as only one is used at a time.
(whoops, there's that pesky DRM again; NVM how it can block public domain, if it worked)

Don't friggin' project your abnormal situation on the rest of the world (oh, and don't force that aberration on us), don't spew your rubbish of media industry PR all over the thread.
Don't pretend, if you & your place are to weak to have made better choices, that others didn't.

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