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From: Chris Carlen
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Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use
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Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 01:36:44 GMT
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Geraldo Sazias wrote:
> I read about it, although from what I gather, there wasn't too much support
> for the bill. Besides, it will infuriate businesses in America who will find
> themselves with no choice at all when it comes to Operating Systems. Even
> worse, other countries are likely to ignore the American call to pass
> similar legislation thereby handicapping American businesses who will have
> to pay a great deal more for their IT infrastructure whilst foreign
> businesses save bundles of money by switching to Linux.
That's where WIPO comes into play. You do realize that the US has
little restraint when it comes to pressuring other governments to adopt
policies that serve US interests, right?
I agree there are a lot of reasons why TCPA and the like are unlikely to
be appealing to a great many (duh!), but there are also strong factors
at work to make it happen despite what is sensible. Those factors being
the profound greed and economic imperialist motivations of the US
I certainly hope *you* are right, though. But sometimes in order to
head off such very bleak outcomes as what would occur with TCPA and DRM,
it is necessary to get a bit alarmist in order to counter the deception
on the other side.
But I'm still not confident in any rosy outcome as it stands today.
Christopher R. Carlen
Suse 8.1 Linux 2.4.19
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