July 23, 2001

The digital millennium rape act

Author: JT Smith

Commentary from LinuxPlanet: "As readers of this column cannot have escaped noticing, there is no one louder in defense of copyright protections
than I am. But there is a difference between the ability to violate copyright and actually doing so.

The community is enraged, but the rest of the world doesn't give much of a toot, one way or the other. Sound
familiar?

That is how totalitarianism is achieved. You pick a fairly small, even fringe, community, and you use them to create the
underpinnings for what could result in far broader controls. There's no broad outcry, because people figure it doesn't
effect them, and they're too busy worrying about the truly important stuff, such as how the Yankees are doing."

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