[linux-elitists] FC: Rich Kulawiec on Apple, MS, Adobe, HP, Intel oppose fixing DMCA (fwd)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Wed Mar 5 05:59:39 PST 2003

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Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2003 08:24:50 -0500
From: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
To: politech@politechbot.com
Subject: FC: Rich Kulawiec on Apple, MS, Adobe, HP, Intel oppose fixing DMCA


Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 19:07:35 -0500
From: Rich Kulawiec <rsk@firemountain.net>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject: Re: FC: Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Intel oppose bill fixing DMCA
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On Tue, Mar 04, 2003 at 06:13:51PM -0500, Declan McCullagh wrote:
 > "The technology industry has proliferated like no other industry due to the
 > rapid creation of new and innovative means of meeting consumer expectations
 > and enhanced productivity.  And this legacy continues even while consumer
 > expectations expand with every new and conceivable application of
 > technology.  Any weakening of the laws that promote continued innovation
 > and needed protections for copyright owners will ultimately stifle industry
 > growth and limit consumer choices.

Translation: "We are watching open-source eat the fat cats of the software
industry for breakfast and we are scared out of our minds about what it
will do when it sits down for lunch.  We are completely unprepared to
compete with the 'college-kid hackers', as we dismissively like to label
them, who are not wasting their time with shrink-wrap and terms-of-use and
licenses and crippleware and spyware like we are, but who are actually
writing solid stuff that's usable in the real world to do real work.
When they get around to application areas like CRM and supply-chain,
we will be totally fucked.  So we are looking for any means possible to
prevent them from entering our market space, and the DMCA is a good club
for us to use, thanks to our huge legal teams who stand ready to crush
anybody with the audacity to write software and give it away.  We stand
shoulder-to-shoulder with the RIAA and the MPAA in our willingness to
criminalize any behavior that threatens our obscene profits, or which
penalizes us in any way for our complete failure to anticipate changing
market conditions, new technology, or overwhelming dissatisfaction with
the crap we're selling."


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