11.13.20

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The Free Software Community Saw It Coming

Posted in DRM, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Videos at 12:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday: Jeffrey Paul: Your Computer Isn’t Yours

Jeffrey Paul: Your Computer Isn't Yours

Summary: 19 years ago Free software advocates foresaw the misuse and obscene misapplication of DMCA to outlaw and censor applications, including Free software that does nothing illegal (but Microsoft censors that software anyway)

Marcia K Wilbur spent a lot of time preparing for publication these old videos she had taken 19 years ago. The timing could not be better.

Further to the prior parts with Richard Stallman, Larry Lessig, protesters against DMCA injustice etc. we’ve decided to post a final pair of videos, which are increasingly relevant because the RIAA attacks Free software based on a lie, helped by its close ally, Microsoft. They claim DRM circumvention, but in reality it’s just a plain text URL lookup, not DRM. Facts don’t seem to matter.

“They claim DRM circumvention, but in reality it’s just a plain text URL lookup, not DRM.”“DRM is the future,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO. They don’t care about users, they just care about the copyright monopolists (same as Biden for that matter). “Get me into that,” Bill Gates once said “and goddam, we’ll make so much money!”

Bigger and longer version of this clip below.

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