Re: FoRK This Action!! (P2P's Dark Side)

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 06:09:03 PST

On Sun, 4 Mar 2001, Eirikur Hallgrimsson wrote:

> In my paranoid moments, I expect to see this. I expect that it will become
> illegal for consumers to connect to the net with anything other than a

You can't connect to the net? Then it is time to create an alternative
infrastructure for it.

> proprietary, binary-only, crypto-signed, OS that supports copyright
> enforcement, and can't act as a server. Well, can't is a strong word, but
> you catch my drift.
> Given the alternatives of developing a new social contract for intellectual
> property, and implementing a police state, I think it's visible which
> direction we are going. I just wish I knew how far down that path we'll get.

I think Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky shows very clearly where we might be

I strongly suggest we do not go there.

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