Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jan 2006 21:39 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source The update to the GNU GPL 2.0, which was some five years in the making, was released this week for a year of public commentary. Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation and author of the current license, sat down with eWEEK Senior Editor Peter Galli at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to talk about his aims, hopes and wishes for the new license.
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RE: Scary
by WorknMan on Sat 21st Jan 2006 00:49 UTC in reply to "Scary"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

DRM does not deserve to be tolerated and should be wiped out. It is tolerated because governments are not very democratic and the rich have too much power over governments and the media.

No, it is tolerated because people actually go out and buy the stuff. 42 million people bought iPods and probably most of them have bought some music on ITMS, which means they willingly took it up the ass. And this guy wants to blame the government.

Also, think about this .. if there was no piracy, there would be no consumer DRM. They'd have no justifiable reason reason to push it. So why don't you blame it on the people who are really responsible? But people who pirate will continue to justify it .. screaming about how they were so badly screwed by the entertainment industry, like they were forced at gunpoint to pay $15 for a CD. And then they wonder why their digital entertainment is slowly being loaded down with policeware. And if they're like Stallman, they'll too blame it on the government.

Edited 2006-01-21 00:52

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RE[2]: Scary
by thebluesgnr on Sat 21st Jan 2006 00:57 in reply to "RE: Scary"
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

So if a country is under a dictatorship it's _only_ the people to blame? For accepting such government to impose itself on them?

The fact is many governments (specially the US gov) are making laws in the interest of companies, and laws that hurt the interest of the people and their freedom. This is a sad fact, and I'd like to know where you live if you think otherwise.

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RE[2]: Scary
by dylansmrjones on Sat 21st Jan 2006 12:18 in reply to "RE: Scary"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Actually people who illegally copy music (known as "pirates") buy legal music 5 (FIVE) times as often as those of us who do not copy music illegally.

Though in my situation it's probably because there is very few new releases for me to buy (and those there are or have been, has been bought a long time ago), due to my taste in music.

Consumer DRM is used because music companies do not want to accept the changes in the global world. In stead of accepting competition they try to stiffle, using their money to create new laws prohibiting what was formerly legal (like perfectly legal parallel import of DVDs).

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