Linux Journal: Saving the Net
Jul 24, 2003, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"That's the fundamental question, and it's going to get more
fundamental as we roll toward the next presidential election here
in the US. Much is at stake, including Linux and its natural
habitat: the Net. Both have been extraordinarily good for business.
Its perceived 'threat' to Microsoft and the dot-com crash are both
red herrings. Take away Linux and the Net, and both technology and
the economy would be a whole lot worse.
"Both the Net and Linux were created, grew and flourished almost
entirely outside the regulatory sphere. They are, in a literal
sense, what free markets have done with their freedoms.
"Yet, there are some who do not care. Unfortunately, they're
driving the conversation right now. Hollywood has lawmakers and
news organizations convinced that file sharing is 'piracy' and
'theft.' Apple, Intel and Microsoft are quietly doing their deals
with the Hollywood devil, crippling (or contemplating the crippling
of) PC functionalities, to protect the intellectual property of