[News] Lobbyists Bring Anti-FLOSS Laws to Canada
Canada's coming DMCA will be the worst copyright yet
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| Gear up for a fight in the New Year. The American record labels, in
| particular, are said to be well organised and ready to push this through on a
| fast track (even though they've abandoned DRM in the rest of the world, they
| view Canada as a weak sister they can push around).
| If this law passes, it will mean that as soon as a device has any
| anti-copying stuff in it (say, a Vista PC, a set-top cable box, a console, an
| iPod, a Kindle, etc), it will be illegal for Canadians to modify it, improve
| it, or make products that interact with it unless they have permission from
| the (almost always US-based) manufacturer.
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| From: Richard Rasker <email@example.com>
| Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
| Subject: Gates' lobby for mandatory MS-DRM in Russia
| Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 20:57:15 +0100
| Well well, the exponent of Capitalism just paid a little visit to the
| remnants of communism - on a subject they're both all to familiar with:
| "A source that deals with the company said unofficially that Gates
| proposed Microsoft's Digital Rights Management technology as a national
| standard to fight piracy at the governmental level."
| Yeah, in their dreams ...
| "That system allows for complete control over the use of the digital
| content of Microsoft products."
| Now you guess *who* has this "complete control" ...
| "If the state makes Microsoft's DRM mandatory, life will be much harder
| for users and sellers of illegal software."
| ... and if this means that Linux users lose access all sorts of internet
| media it's just an "unfortunate side effect"? Or should Linux perhaps be
| outlawed altogether, as it can't legally support MS-DRM?
| Ah well, we all know it: listening to Microsoft amounts to digging your
| own grave.
| Richard Rasker