Blind vs. mainstream distros

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sun Apr 30 14:53:56 UTC 2017

Thank you for the link!!


On 4/29/2017 8:23 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> The reason that I only work within the public domain is because of the
> misconception that copyright monopolies are the only means by which
> artists and authors may be paid for their work. However, this is a myth
> that has been propagated since the copyright monopoly was originally
> decreed by the King of England in the 16th century, who, in order to
> control seditious publications at that time, designated a single
> publishing firm of his choosing, that any and all authors who wished to
> have anything at all printed were compelled to use. Naturally, this firm
> would not accept any material that in any way painted the government in
> a less than perfect light, and all other printing by any other
> individual or company was a criminal act. The next king was much more in
> favor of openness, and would have allowed any and all publication to
> flourish once again, but the former king's chosen publishing firm was
> sitting rather pretty financially, and petitioned Parliament to allow
> them to continue to have the monopoly, citing of course putting food on
> the table and supporting families as the reason to allow the monopoly to
> continue to exist. This gave rise to what we now call copyright, which
> continues to propagate these myths to this day. As it turns out, now
> more than ever, we have technology that will allow artists and authors
> to be fairly compensated for their work without censorship or monopoly
> of any kind, but this technology is seen by the powers that be as a
> threat rather than an alternative solution. For further information
> explained in a better way than I can do in an e-mail, have a look at
> Also, the rest of the site has even more really
> good information about what a copyright monopoly is, what it is not and
> how to best debunk the myths surrounding it. Hope this helps, at least a
> little.
> ~Kyle
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