[linux-elitists] Sklyarov/DMCA for the masses
Karsten M. Self
Thu Aug 2 21:54:13 PDT 2001
on Thu, Aug 02, 2001 at 09:39:05PM -0700, email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> Quoting "Karsten M. Self" <email@example.com>:
> > What's troubling is what may happen where the market isn't allowed to
> > function freely: what of a world in which you are unable to obtain
> > material except in a copy-prevented version. This is the case at a New
> > York dental school, where texts are being distributed in electronic,
> > copy-prevented, form.
> > These are not "high security locks". They're the equivalent of tying
> > doors shut with string, and outlawing scissors.
> Before this last quote, you mentioned burglars breaking down doors in
> the commission of a crime. To bring the two ideas together, if I have
> a habit of locking myself out of my house, so keep a sledge hammer in
> the car, but because of crooks using them in the commission of a
> crime, I am a criminal?
The thread I was responding to started with a similar example using
crowbars. Because they can be used to force doors, and because forcing
a door can be a step in burgling, doesn't mean crowbars have no
legitimate uses, or even that forcing a door is a crime.
Though there are tools which are apparently restricted or available
only under license. Guns, explosives, lock-pick tools, among them. But
it's easier in the US to gain access to semi-automatic weaponry than it
is crypto circumvention.
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? There is no K5 cabal
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