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: Drawing the line
by wannabe geek on Tue 13th Dec 2011 23:13 UTC in reply to "Drawing the line"
wannabe geek
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but we really don't want people uploading child porn and such, so obviously some amount of censorship is in order. Question is, where do you draw the line?


I don't see the need to draw a line. From a moral point of view, the actual crime is not the uploading, it's the creation of child porn by using children. The distribution of such content is arguably a crime inasmuch as it contributes to its creation. I don't think anyone has a right to prohibit, say, manga child porn.

It's like snuff movies. If someone uploads a snuff movie, they should be arrested, interrogated and possibly punished, not because the movie is offensive, but because someone was killed, and they failed to report to the police.

When people complain about censorship they usually mean the criminalization of some idea, picture or message, assuming no one was harmed in its creation.

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