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[News] MAFIAA Thugs Want to Poison GNU/Linux

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V.i. Labs Handles Copyright Infringement Differently

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| Thanks to this press release that appeared on Linux Today a few weeks ago,  
| V.i. Labs Announces CodeArmor Intelligence Support for Linux Platforms, I had 
| a "Oh no, the MAFIAA is coming to Linux" moment...  
| [...]
| First, for the record, there are no such things as "software piracy" 
| or "intellectual property." There are copyrights, trademarks, and patents. 
| (Richard Stallman wrote an excellent article on this.) Piracy is an 
| inflammatory propaganda word; the correct term is copyright infringement. 
| (The Free Software Foundation has a handy list of loaded words and phrases.)     



Livin’ La Vida Linux

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| However, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) would probably
| call me a criminal for encoding my CD library. Their claim is that I don’t
| own the music I bought on CD, but have only “licensed” it, and thus have no
| rights to make a copy of the music on my own home file server. This seems a
| weak argument to me. I’m not selling my CD’s, I’m keeping them safely in a
| box so I can recover from any deletions or disk failures (although reliably
| backing up the data comprising my digital life will be the subject for
| another column). Ironically, since I’ve started this project I’ve spent more
| money on CD’s than I used to. I’m getting more use and playability from
| having all my music available online, without having to scramble to find a
| specific CD for a room.
| In the same way, I expect Free Software devices will ultimately mean more
| money spent on software and its development (which for a programmer is very
| good news), as more devices with diverse functionality become available to
| everyone living “la Vida Linux”.

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