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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kurkosdr
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2011-04-11

I never understood why Stallman pretends that "free software" can't have DRM (or website filtering). Just make the software, release it under BSD, and then tivo-ize it to prevent people from removing the DRM by installing a modified version of the BSDed code. In fact, the TiVo deviced itself is a real life example of how a "free" piece of software can have DRM (and it could have website filtering too). See, there are no anti-tivoization clauses in BSD licenses, and the BSD licenses (except one) are considered "free software". Stallman will whine and moan about how such software is not really free software, but definitions are definitions (including the free software definition). And if a piece of software is released under a license that is FSF-approved, it's "free software" even if it contains DRM and makes use of tivoization.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

DRM is just bad, whether it's free software or not. Forget the syntax sugar. But if you want to extend the definition of "free" as DRM free - I'm OK with it.

Edited 2012-01-03 20:18 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

shrmerl,

"DRM is just bad, whether it's free software or not. Forget the syntax sugar. But if you want to extend the definition of 'free' as DRM free - I'm OK with it."

I agree, "free" is a very vague word to begin with. The english language fails to disambiguate between all the concepts of freedom we'd like to talk about today. While I would not hold it against someone for using a definition of free which is different from mine, to me there is something decidedly unfree about DRM, which serves to control users.

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