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That BSDVault "Windows Media Player EULA" Announcement

Welcome to BSDvault: For the Users, By the Users!

Microsoft's Digital Rights Management--A Little Deeper
Contributed by DittoHead on Friday, June 28, 2002 @ 10:36:24 EDT

I read this article about Microsoft's Palladium Digital Rights Management last week, linked from the Drudge Report. The story was reported in many other places, so I didn't submit it here.

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Mono's Mysterious "special rules"

Just picked this up from the Gnome-Devel mailing list:

+ ndesk-dbus, ndesk-dbus-glib (external dependency)
- good from a security point of view
- need to be in a mono-specific section of the external dependencies
(because of the special rules about depending on mono)
=> accept

Hmm, I wonder what "special rules" those would be?

Given Mono's encumbrance on Microsoft's poisonous "Intellectual Monopoly"®, that statement is both intriguing and terrifying.

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More Intellectual Insanity

UMG Says Throwing Away Promo CDs is Illegal. Electronic Frontier Foundation

UMG seems to think that the "promotional use only" label somehow gives it "eternal ownership" over the CD. While this might make sense to a goblin living in Harry Potter's world, it's not the law under the Copyright Act. According to the first sale doctrine, once a copyright owner has parted with ownership of a CD, book, or DVD, whether by sale, gift, or other disposition, they may not control further dispositions of that particular copy (including throwing it away). It's thanks to the first sale doctrine that libraries can lend books, video rental stores can rent DVDs, and you can give a CD to a friend for their birthday. It's also the reason you can throw away any CD that you own.

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Intellectual Insanity

I'm sometimes accused of having a rather inflexible attitude towards freedom, leaning too far towards idealism, and seemingly incapable of accepting pragmatism. The fact is, however, that those who preach pragmatism are mostly hypocrites, who ostensibly extend olive branches of compromise, but with no genuine intention of making concessions, instead continuing their intractable agenda of oppression - unabated. Rarely do I ever see any progress that favours the side of freedom. In reality, pragmatism is nothing more than a euphemism for the oppressed surrendering unconditionally to their oppressors. To perceive it otherwise, is to indulge in denial.

So it is with one particularly virulent strain of oppression called "Intellectual Property", or more accurately "Intellectual Monopoly", the bastard son of the unholy triumvirate - Copyrights; Patents and Trademarks.

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