Steven Meinking on Thu, 11 May 2000 01:28:36 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> re: Napster hurts free software

As if on cue, for the purposes of our discussion, the following article
was front and center on the NY Times today:

The article discusses a darling of a program called Freenet that enables
users to anonymously distribute files while eliminating all potential
traces to distributors.  The program's author has the greater ambition of
thwarting any attempt to control the traffic of digital information. 

The question is not whether free software will disappear.  Rather, the
question is how much longer will current intellectual property rights laws
stand in a world of rapid, and anonymous, global circulation? 

- Steven Meinking

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- Friedrich Nietzsche, _Untimely Meditations_

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