[free-sklyarov] AAP response quoted in a previous thread

alfee cube sisgeek at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 7 13:29:52 PDT 2001


quite the opposite seems to be true?

america policy makers seem to be increasingly
assigning "national security" with "corporate
profitability", while, of course denying same!!

my $nationalsecurity = $corporateprofitability;

under this assignment it is not hard to justify
locking up dmitry (or anyone else) as impairing the

history teaches us much evil results when a nation's
policy makers are permitted, by their people, to make
these type of assignments without strict oversight and

eval { $nationalsecurity = $corporateprofitability; };
warn $@ if $@;
--- Lars Gaarden <larsg at eurorights.org> wrote:
> Ethan Straffin wrote:
> > Very much so -- which is why I agree only
> partially with your statement
> > that DMCA proponents understand the technological
> issues.  They are
> > perceptive enough to recognize that
> encryption-based DRM is inherently
> > circumventable, but they are *not* perceptive
> enough to recognize that the
> > Internet makes it well-nigh impossible to
> prosecute anyone who doesn't
> > want to be prosecuted.  Individuals who are
> technologically savvy enough
> > to compromise encryption systems are, by and
> large, also technologically
> > savvy enough to share what they've learned
> anonymously.  So why not try to
> > punish them anyway?  Because the only way you
> stand a chance of doing so,
> > once the lessons learned from the 2600 and
> Sklyarov cases become common
> > knowledge, is to inaugurate a new era in which
> Echelon-style surveillance
> > is everywhere, the "safe harbor" and "common
> carrier" defenses for ISPs
> > are nonexistent, and Internet privacy is a thing
> of the past.  Even more
> > than the prosecutions themselves, and the chilling
> effect on free speech,
> > *this* is what scares me about the DMCA: it's an
> authoritarian time bomb 
> > wrapped in pretty free-market packaging.
> The interesting thing to note here is that Echelon
> is under quite heavy
> fire. The spooks have wanted for years to deploy a
> complete Internet
> surveilance system, but have been stopped by the
> privacy concerns that
> have been raised.
> However, when the copyright goons want to do the
> exact same thing....
> Seems like the US has a government that thinks that
> national security is
> less important than protecting a few large
> publishers.
> -- 
> "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
> committed citizens can
> change the world.  Indeed, it's the only thing that
> ever has."
> - Margaret Mead.
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