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,

You confuse copyright with terms and conditions. The media is legally protected by copyrights. You do not have the right to copy it, unless explicitly expressed otherwise. The terms and conditions you are talking about would require a contract signed by hand. Writing it on a box has no legal value and anyway would be illegal in many countries. In some countries, it is even explicitly specified in the law that you can play your media with any mean, even if that requires reverse engineering. We are talking about interoperability. The law has provisions to make that legal.

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