September 21, 2001

Fighting for digital democracy

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes, "If the government makes using digital rights technologies a legal requirement, free software and free speech will almost certainly be adversely affected. Indeed, you have to wonder why government seems so keen to kiss up to big business. The only result of such legislation is to give an unfair advantage to corporate giants. Both the proposed digital rights legislation, called the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act suggest to me that the United States may not necessarily be best classified as the land of the free, as is commonly suggested. It appears that Americans' precious constitutional rights and privileges are slowly being traded off to the big business." The column's at osOpinion.
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