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PC World New Zealand: Linux Maven Bruce Perens: DMCA Outlaw?

Jul 26, 2002, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Berger)

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"In a San Francisco hotel conference room buzzing with lingo-slinging technology executives and public relations representatives, Bruce Perens is an unassuming standout. The advocate and developer of free software isn't wearing a gray suit like the rest of them, and he's not overly optimistic about the announcement being made here--that media software maker RealNetworks is making some of its vital source code freely available to developers.

"That's because Perens sees through the business of the software industry. He is more engaged in its social aspects. In addition to making many technical contributions to open source and free software projects such as the Linux operating system, Perens also is the primary author of 'The Open Source Definition,' a syllabus of sorts that outlines the philosophy of the development model, which says software code should be free to view and modify.

"Among the throngs of software executives at that San Francisco event on Monday, Perens explained in an interview that he is planning to embark on another cause--an assault on the controversial digital copyright legislation known as the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA..."

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