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Feb 09, 2000, 03:34 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew R. Pavlovich)

"Jeremy Katz suggested that I polish this up for posting. The following is a response to a post on the LiViD development mailing list regarding a thread about the DVD CCA, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the legal proceedings in general. I found myself explaining a good portion of the following over and over at the LinuxWorld Expo in New York City last week, and thought I would organize my ideas in some manner.

> No one is gonna rewrite our copyright system over this little case that no
> one has even heard of.

If no one hears of this case, then it is our own fault. Instead of trying to cut down those formulating a plan, how about some constructive ideas on how to combat the forces against us?"

"I think too many people associate Linux as another product, a new toy for people to try out and tinker with. Its the next 'thing', just a fad. A few people made some bucks on Wall Street, wasn't that nice? ... To these people, I offer a challenge for them to open their eyes and see what is really going on. Linux _is_ a product. But it is a product of a new way of thinking, designing and operating technology and industry. It is the child of the open source movement. It could have been called anything, started by anyone, but it was *bound* to happen."

"> We are gonna lose this one.

This, we will not do."

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