[NetBehaviour] When using open source makes you an enemy of the state.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Feb 25 17:01:47 CET 2010
When using open source makes you an enemy of the state.
The US copyright lobby has long argued against open source software -
now Indonesia's in the firing line for encouraging the idea in
It's only Tuesday and already it's been an interesting week for the
world of digital rights. Not only did the British government changed the
wording around its controversial 'three strikes' proposals, but the
secretive anti-counterfeiting treaty, Acta, was back in the headlines.
Meanwhile, a US judge is still deliberating over the Google book settlement.
As if all that wasn't enough, here's another brick to add to the
teetering tower of news, courtesy of Andres Guadamuz, a lecturer in law
at the University of Edinburgh.
Guadamuz has done some digging and discovered that an influential lobby
group is asking the US government to basically consider open source as
the equivalent of piracy - or even worse.
It turns out that the International Intellectual Property Alliance, an
umbrella group for organisations including the MPAA and RIAA, has
requested with the US Trade Representative to consider countries like
Indonesia, Brazil and India for its "Special 301 watchlist" because they
use open source software.
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