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Freshmeat: The Coming Storm Against Cyberliberties

Jun 04, 2000, 12:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Bell)

"Every now and then, I meet somebody with a particular take on the concept of free software -- call it the conspiracy theory perspective. It goes like this:"

"Free software is a great idea, but it's too radical for The Man. If it ever starts to catch on, the Powers That Be will buy it out. They'll make it illegal. They'll do whatever it takes to kill it."

"I'm not a big fan of conspiracy theories. Delusions of persecution are the easy way out; they give us something simple to blame in a complicated world. Spinning theories is easy, hacking reality is hard. But we all have to make sense out of the noise somehow, I guess."

"Anyway, free software has caught on. What's The Man gonna do about it?"

"In all rationality, I think we should worry. The current assaults by the recording and movie industries against MP3 and DeCSS are just the tip of the iceberg; there are bad times ahead for the Open Source community, and for cyberliberties in general."

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