"The permanent injunction served to Eric Corley and 2600, his
hacker magazine, as a result of the DeCSS trial significantly
restricts what hackers are legally able to do. Programs or code
that can be used to bypass copy protection cannot be distributed,
nor can they be linked to on a Web site. Such a ruling is upsetting
for the open source and Linux community. Not only does it deny the
DVD technology to Linux users and open source enthusiasts, it sets
a precedent for insistence on proprietary standards."
"Not everyone in the Linux and hacker community has had their
creativity stifled by this ruling, however. Joe Wecker has offered
us all a way to spend our time: instead of watching DVDs or
pursuing information on the developments of DeCSS, write songs
based on open source code. That's right, Joe has taken his hands
from the keyboard to the fret board, literally singing the C code
of DVDdescramble.c in plain English to guitar accompaniment. The
song is up on his site in MP3 format. Alternatively, you can
download it from the LinuxWorld.com.au site here."
"The song has a great folk/grunge feel to it -- could it be
called Code/Folk? The fact that the song exists points out what the
DeCSS trial seems to have left out: the interrelationship of
digital media and human creativity; the ability of one idea to lead
to another; the function of technology to endow, not to take
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