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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:02:49 -0000
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On 2010-10-02, Hadron <> wrote:
> David Kastrup <> writes:
>> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
>>> Tim Smith wrote:
>>> [...]
>>>> Digital music, computers, and the internet have changed that. First of
>>>> all, copying is fast and easy. 
>>> Since shoplifting in a is
>>> certainly faster and easier than stealing in the pre-supermarket era,
>>> why not go 'total communist' and make food and household merchandise
>>> free as well?
>> When you can do shoplifting in the privacy of your home, we'll be at a
>> comparable situation.  When I buy fruit in a supermarket, nobody would
>> think of installing surveillance cameras on my ground in order to make
>> sure that I don't plant the seeds of the fruits I buy (actually,
>> companies like Monsanto did take samples on private property
>> <URL:> and would likely have
>> succeeded even in Supreme Court if there had been any indication that
>> the farmer in question had actually sprayed his fields with the killer
>> herbicide Roundup after getting his seed culture contaminated with
>> Monsanto's Roundup resilient seeds).
>> But Sony, for example, installed root kits on the computers of people
>> who bought music CDs from them in order to make sure that they would not
>> try copying the CDs.
> It takes a special kind of idiot to equate planting seeds from mother
> nature to copying someones hard work and potentially distributing it for
> free. I salute you.

     Seeds don't come from "mother nature". They're the result of thousands
of years of shared effort and common cultural heritage. Monsanto and Disney
are rather similar in this respect. Both abuse centuries of cooperation and

   Apple: because you really don't want to take any more video          ||| 
than your camera can hold. Really.                                     / | \

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