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[OT] Re: Bug#224866: kanjidic: Kanjidic is not DFSG-free

On Tue, Dec 23, 2003 at 01:48:19PM -0800, Don Armstrong wrote:
> Bummer. Now the EU gets stuck with allowing copyrights on the various
> Genome sequences. I guess the phenomenon of governmentally sanctioned
> rape of the populace is spreading.

You are misdiagnosing the nature of the problem.  The sanctioned rape of
the populace has *always* been sanctioned by the government, and is
either carried out by the government or by the institutions that give it
credibility (in ages past it was the nobility; nowadays it is the
corporation).  Different societies tolerate such abuse of power to
varying degrees, in different aspects, and it is reported with varying
degrees of openness.

For further reading, I recommend _Understanding Power_ by Noam Chomsky.

G. Branden Robinson                |     If God had intended for man to go
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     about naked, we would have been
branden@debian.org                 |     born that way.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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