1 Apr 2003 01:08
Re: [OS:N:] Legislation threatening Open Source/Free software?
<bscott <at> gtlaw.com.au>
2003-03-31 23:08:37 GMT
2003-03-31 23:08:37 GMT
Hey Paul I haven't read the interview, but my view is that open source has strong technical credentials and is being (has been) established as a viable business model. In other words, it can't be beaten in the marketplace. If this is the case then the only viable path of opposition to open source is a political one. So in my view legislation will become a battleground over the next few years. That said, the beauty of open source is that its opponents will need to infect all legislatures. The US could ban open source outright, but that won't stop it spreading throughout the rest of the world Brendan sorry about the footer.... "Paul Fitz" <pfitz <at> dodo.com.au> To: <open-source-now-list <at> redhat.com> Sent by: cc: open-source-now-list-admin Subject: [OS:N:] Legislation threatening Open Source/Free software? <at> redhat.com 01/04/03 08:55 AM Please respond to open-source-now-list Hi everybody, I came across this article the other day - an interview with richard stallman http://news.com.com/1200-1120-975444.html?tag=ltcol It's dated December 2002. Richard mentions the legislative steps being taken by some governments and steps taken by proprietary sofware companies which may have a negative impact on the development and future of Open Source. He mentions the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Palladium and Microsoft's Trusted Computing initiative. I was just wondering what other Open Source people thought of these legislative moves/Microsoft moves - do they reallty threaten the future existence of Open Source software? What will Open Source programmers do if excluded the right to use digital television. play DVDs and so on (as mentioned in Richards article)? Are there other legislative steps/movements by proptietary software companies aimed at pushing Open Source out? Cheers, Paul _______________________________________________ Subscription and Archive: https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/open-source-now-list/ - For K12OS technical help join K12OSN: <https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn> ======================================================================= This electronic mail is solely for the use of the addressee and may contain information which is confidential or privileged. If you receive this electronic mail in error, please delete it from your system immediately and notify the sender by electronic mail or by using any of the media noted below. Any opinion expressed in this email is not represented as the opinion of Gilbert + Tobin unless that is stated or apparent from its terms. Brendan Scott Lawyer GILBERT + TOBIN Phone: +612 9263 4230 GPO Box 3810 Facsimile: +612 9263 4111 SYDNEY NSW 2001 Email: bscott <at> gtlaw.com.au AUSTRALIA Website: http://www.gtlaw.com.au Liability limited by the Solicitors Scheme approved under the Professional Standards Act 1994 (NSW). ======================================================================= _______________________________________________ Subscription and Archive: https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/open-source-now-list/ - For K12OS technical help join K12OSN: <https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn>