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Re: [Discussioni] OSD && DFSG convergence

On Wed, Mar 05, 2003 at 09:05:38AM -0500, Russell Nelson wrote:
> Thomas Bushnell, BSG writes:
>  > Sure.  Why don't we adopt RMS's?  That would be my first vote.
> Well, because RMS is wrong.  Why should a free software license allow
> someone to keep software proprietary within a single legal entity?
> That's the end result of his privacy requirement -- to encourage some
> users to keep software proprietary.  It's really weird to hear RMS
> argue in favor of that.

Perhaps because he also values personal, individual privacy.  In the
U.S., thanks to _Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad
Company_[1], which is *still* a controlling precedent, it's very
difficult to draw a distinction between individual privacy and
"corporate privacy" that will be upheld in court.

Large corporations, with the help of their shills in government, are
already fiendishly efficient at demolishing individual privacy; I for
one am not yet ready to sign on to the philosophy of the panopticon.

(As an aside, it just occurred me that the relative prominence of
Christian Fundamentalism -- and wider subscription to monotheistic
religion in general -- in the United States when contrasted with Europe
may explain why U.S. citizens in general so meekly fritter away their
privacy -- God can already see everything you do and punish you for your
sins, so what does it matter if the Government or the Company can, too?)

[1] http://www.tourolaw.edu/patch/Santa/

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