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Linux Journal: Yes, Microsoft, This Really IS About Free Speech

May 12, 2000, 22:44 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Pfaffenberger)

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"Microsoft's attempt to silence Slashdot postings concerning its Kerberos extensions shows what's wrong with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)--and why it should be abolished immediately."

"If you've been ambivalent about the U.S. Justice Department's plans to break up Microsoft, consider this: Microsoft's recent actions show that it does pose a threat to competition in the computer industry. But far more dangerous is the threat the company poses to the most fundamental freedoms that define human rights in a liberal democratic state, including the freedom of speech and the right of citizens to due process of law. An extreme statement? If you think so, read on."

"You've probably heard that the premiere on-line discussion site for open-source software enthusiasts, Slashdot, received a demand from Microsoft's attorneys concerning postings that recently appeared on the site. These postings were about Microsoft's proposed extensions to the Kerberos security protocol, which Microsoft has incorporated into its Windows 2000 operating system."

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