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The Register: Copy protection hard drive plan nixes free software - RMS

Dec 27, 2000, 14:55 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Richard Stallman says that plans to put content control into industry standard hardware pose a threat to the adoption of free software. ... "This resembles CSS and e-Books: it is another plan to impose additional power over people who use published information, on behalf of those who hope to control the power," he writes in emails to The Register."

"This plan seems to pose a threat to free operating systems. We will surely not be authorized in the US to implement free software to access any of the centrally-controlled data. So a free GNU/Linux system won't be able to do it."

"If users accept the domination of centrally-controlled data, free software faces two dangers, each worse than the other: that users will reject GNU/Linux because it doesn't support the central control over access to these data, or that they will reject free versions of GNU/Linux for versions "enhanced" with proprietary software that support it. Either outcome will be a grave loss for our freedom."

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