Monday, September 20, 2010

Concern about the 'Bill To Combat Online Infringement' - #eff #fsf #dmca

Who are the REAL pirates? Those rallying behind the 'Bill To Combat
Online Infringement' seem too quick to label internet users as
pirates, an archaic term which refers to terrible crimes on the high
seas. Exploiters from Hollywood and the likes of Viacom rallied
behind the Senate bill. Entities such as these are well known for
their seemingly endless capacity to harm both their customers and the
artists that toil and create the works. If we are to call something
piracy, surely THAT is piracy. Can we trust people given to such over
the top rhetoric, and with so little respect for our rights. Can we
sensibly give them the keys to our internet access?
There are concerns that the proposed bill violates the safe harbor
provisions of the DMCA, forcing ISPs to police their users and the
network, and holding them accountable what their users are doing.
There are also concerns about inflating copyright violations into an
act of piracy, a grave crime. If I make a copy of something, is it
such a grave crime as that? Please use some sense! This is not
The bill has broad implications. For example, I am happy to have
copies of GNU-Darwin wherever they exist, on whatever server,
whereever. I am the originator of much of the work and you are free
to copy it as you like. I give you the source code. That is software
freedom. Servers offering GNU-Darwin torrents are likely to be
targeted under the bill, contrary to my wishes and common sense. We
cannot let this happen.
We need to remember who we are and exert our energies to defeat this
bill. Moreover, we need to defeat the idea that it is akin to piracy
to copy a file. It is simply a false notion, and freedom to copy is
at the heart of free and open source software.

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