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SubjectRe: WIPO treaty
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In message <3621A94B.D43658AE@sdn.co.za>, Hendrik Visage writes:
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| The worst still is that that could be a International fenomenal, since there's
| some organization (forgot the name and URL) that are actually pushing this on
| a worldwide scale...
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Sort of. WIPO is pushing a worldwide intellectual property treaty, but the
U.S. bill goes *far* beyond their treaty. U.S. software companies, music
and video publishers, etc. all want to make absolutely certain that they can
rape you on a "per play" basis without any loopholes that would let anyone
so much as breathe without paying them royalties.

*This* is why free software/open source is just a small piece of the entire
intellectual property picture. The companies behind the
WIPO-plus-the-kitchen-sink bill are the enemies of free software. They must
be fought at every opportunity.

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brandon s. allbery [os/2][linux][solaris][japh] allbery@kf8nh.apk.net
system administrator [WAY too many hats] allbery@ece.cmu.edu
electrical and computer engineering KF8NH
carnegie mellon university



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