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InfoWorld: Troublesome horizon (SSSCA & W3C)

Oct 15, 2001, 15:04 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)
"But why not just implement the controls under open source? How? Even if the government were to publish the code to do so, with open-source software someone could always edit the operating system source code so it does not call the controlling routines. This will obviously be illegal under the provisions of the new law.

So when you hear about open-source people objecting to the proposed W3C rules or ranting about the SSSCA legislation, do not assume they are merely leftist nutcases trying to subvert the rights of copyright owners. They are not. They are, however, fighting against proposals that may damage the structure of the Internet by crippling or destroying open-source software use.

It is one thing to protect the rights of copyright owners, but it is something else to make freedom illegal while doing so. There must be a better way."

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