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Open Source in Politics

Open Source in Politics

Posted Jan 13, 2004 1:35 UTC (Tue) by rknop (guest, #66)
In reply to: Open Source in Politics by frazier
Parent article: Open Source in Politics

I own a DVD drive in my a laptop. I own a few DVDs. I haven't, nor should I have to, sneak deCSS onto my system to watch the DVD on the hardware I own.

I *have* put libdvdcss on my hard drive, and to hell with the US government if they think I'm a felon or some such for watching DVDs I legally own (or have temporarily in my possession thanks to Netflix) on a DVD drive that I legally own.

Fortunately, downloading and installing it is really easy, so it doesn't feel any more like "sneaking" than installing anything else that might not strictly meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines. But it really, really should not be able to be construed as illegal. That's just stupid.

After Dean appeared on Lessig's blog, I had high hopes that he would come out for rationality in copyright law. I'm very sad to see both camps come out with the same old non-statements that allow them to avoid pissing any(rich)body off while not really committing to anything. We need a real and viable candidate (which means, unfortunatley, somebody in one of our two dishrag already-bought-by-big-donors parties) to stand up and say, woah, that DMCA thing, that's insane! What were we thinking? That candidate would win my vote in an instant, I almost don't care what else they stand for.


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Too early to have policies on *everything*

Posted Jan 13, 2004 3:01 UTC (Tue) by goonie (guest, #4252) [Link]

It's unrealistic to expect candidates to have detailed policies on every issue at this stage, where the US is still many months away from an election.
Whilst copyright is an important long-term issue, there are others higher in the minds of most potential voters - whether they will get (or keep) a decent job, whether their family will be able to afford health care, whether they will be safe from people who want to harm them, how much money they'll have to give the government in taxes to pay for the above, and so on. Therefore, it's only reasonable for candidates to concentrate on the issues that are most important to the most people and fudge the less significant ones until they have had time to formulate the right policy.
It's by no means the only issue that candidates haven't expressed an opinion on - to give another example of an issue that many Linux users might be interested in, Wesley Clark hasn't really expressed an opinion on manned space exploration yet.

Open Source in Politics

Posted Jan 15, 2004 15:16 UTC (Thu) by skvidal (guest, #3094) [Link]

I'm pretty sure it wasn't dean on lessig's blog. I think it was edwards.
Unless lessig has also hosted dean there.

Open Source in Politics

Posted Jan 15, 2004 22:40 UTC (Thu) by Ross (guest, #4065) [Link]

I think both candidates "guest blogged" for a while. And when I say the
candidate blogged you should read that to mean that their staff probably
did all the blogging.

Open Source in Politics

Posted Jan 16, 2004 23:20 UTC (Fri) by stonedown (subscriber, #2987) [Link]

The Dean campaign has been very strict that nobody else blogs under Dean's name.

Open Source in Politics

Posted Jan 16, 2004 23:06 UTC (Fri) by stonedown (subscriber, #2987) [Link]

You probably don't remember Dean posting on Lessig's blog, because he was the first to do it, back in <a href="">July, 2003</a>.

Open Source in Politics

Posted Jan 16, 2004 23:11 UTC (Fri) by stonedown (subscriber, #2987) [Link]

(I hit the darn "submit" button, instead of "preview" on that last post.)

You probably don't remember Dean posting on Lessig's blog, because he was the first to do it, back in July, 2003. I guarantee that Dean did post on the blog himself. He also posts from time to time on his campaign blog.

Open Source in Politics

Posted Jan 16, 2004 1:05 UTC (Fri) by kevinbsmith (guest, #4778) [Link]

Dennis Kucinich seems to support sane copyright laws:

"We must, once again, move to reclaim the promise inherent in Article 1, Section 8."

Article 1, section 8 of the US Constitution covers copyrights.

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