February 13, 2001

Content protection could split Open Source into camps

Author: JT Smith

Sciam.com looks at the issue of content protection for recordable media. "Free-software guru Richard Stallman
predicted in another Register story that CPRM would kill off open-source software by fragmenting it into two camps, one
supporting the copy-protection regime and one not. Andre Hedrick, who represents the Linux (or GNU-Linux, as Stallman
insists, because Linux incorporates aspects of GNU, a free software clone of UNIX) community on the technical committee
considering the idea, proposed changes to the implementation that would make turning on the copy-protection system optional for


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