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Re: Dear Fedora Community, what do you want?

At 06:19 6/4/2004, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
You are aware of a little thing called copyright law, and laws recently
approved in the EU that allow one to see his house raided by private
police without a warrant on alledged violations of copyright, right?

If you use only Free Software, you're safe from that. Unless software
patents come accross, and software patents have to be taken down.

Wrong... assuming those laws are as radical as you say, those laws will allow abuses of your human and civil rights *regardless* of which software you use. They can raid your house and find only Free Software, but your house was still raided! The problem of which you speak is not born of which software you use but which laws your country passes.

While I agree that Open Source and Free Software are preferable, your argument is flawed and you are assuming a cause/effect relationship where there is none. Free or proprietary software has nothing to do with abusive laws of search and seizure. Besides, such a law as you describe would be entirely inconstitutional in the United States, and I find it hard to believe that such a law really exists in Europe either. In either case, the law is the problem... anything else is inference or extrapolation.


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