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SJ Mercury: Netizens unite against Big Business over DVDs

Jan 04, 2000, 23:16 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

[ Linux Today reader Don Marti writes: ]

The mainstream media is getting a clue about the important issue in the DeCSS case. Quoting Dan Gillmor:

"I believe the most important aspect of this case is free speech. Barring someone from merely telling someone else about something strikes me as a gaping violation of the First Amendment."

"I don't know who'll win the legal case. But it's plain enough who's already won the war over access to DeCSS. In this case, the Net is acting as an antibody to what it perceives as a dangerous disease -- and the implications are clear."

"Big Business bets that it -- right or wrong -- can squash what it doesn't like ``like a bug,'' Marti says. ``The rules have changed.''"

Full column at http://www.sjmercury.com/svtech/columns/gillmor/docs/dg010400.htm.