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Slashdot.org: Alan Cox Talks about Laws... and Linux

May 20, 2002, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"Given that you won't visit the USA given the enactment of the DMCA. If the DMCA equivalent passes in Europe, will you move? If so, is there anywhere that is safe from this kind of insane law (it sounds like peru may be a new haven for free software)?

"Alan:

"It's very hard to fight laws in foreign countries. Dmitry for example was almost certainly chosen because he was Russian. It's sadly much easier to win a case in almost any country when you use your historical enemies and prejudices to set the precedents. 'Foreigner attacking US business interests' just sounds so much better in court than 'clever kid helping his grandma read ebooks,' especially when someone notices you can easily get a longer sentence for helping grandma read than kicking her down the stairs.

"In the EU we are doing what we can to make the EUCD harm limited, and also trying to educate politicians on the damage they have done. If we can tell them in advance the problems the EUCD is going to cause we can help them frame futher law to prevent those abuses, and to update it..."

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