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Scientific American: To Protect and Self-Serve

Mar 25, 2001, 16:19 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wendy M. Grossman)

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

"Coming down hard and fast on any organization that threatens technological liberty is an ancient geek pastime of unusual ferocity. Last December the U.K.-based online news service The Register broke the story that a consortium of companies--Intel, IBM, Toshiba and Matsushita--were plotting to include a scheme known as content protection for recordable media (CPRM) in the next-generation standard for computer hard disks."

"Free-software guru Richard Stallman predicted in another Register story that CPRM would kill off open-source software by fragmenting it into two camps, one supporting the copy-protection regime and one not. Andre Hedrick, who represents the Linux (or GNU-Linux, as Stallman insists, because Linux incorporates aspects of GNU, a free software clone of UNIX) community on the technical committee considering the idea, proposed changes to the implementation that would make turning on the copy-protection system optional for users."

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