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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Fsfe-uk digest, Vol 1 #164

From: Martin Keegan
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Fsfe-uk digest, Vol 1 #164
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 16:08:24 +0100 (BST)

On 15 Apr 2002, Martin Coxall wrote:

> Yes, and this is a luxury we don't have and probably never will. BigCorp
> Inc. already has the propaganda word "piracy" so deeply embedded in the
> minds of the infoserfs, that opposing DRM automatically makes it look
> like we support criminal behaviour. Which, in a way, we do.

Copyright infringement (of the kind being discussed in this context, at
least) is seldom a criminal activity, more often a matter actionable in
the civil courts. Some work has been done towards neutralising the
"property/theft/piracy" memes, but more is needed.

Personally, I can't sanction encouraging lawbreaking. I'd much prefer to
campaign for a change in the law.


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