Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 10 September 2001
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From: Philip S For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: $500k and 5 years eh.... As soon as I read that, the first thing that came to mind was how on the videos that people hire out and buy from the store, I believe it has the same thing at the start... "Any reproduction of this tape....could result in a $500k fine and up to 5 years inprisonment" Funny that, its also for copy protection... From: Dominic For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Thoughts... I think this move by the US is a signal to the world that we are in some sort of globally based way of life, even if it doesn't feel or seem like it. To me, modifying TCP/IP would be the most hurtful, as this is the nervous system of the Internet. Also, do Europeans have to participate? Not all EU nations bow down to the demands of the US. I don't sense the world practicing global "everything" just yet. Personally, I'm studying the motive. If the piracy that is on the net wasn't what it is, I think we'd be given a different flavour of that law. And NZ legally? I think we'll just do as we're told, like most nations in the world. From: Anders Crofoot For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: freedom on the net As a US citizen, who emigrated to NZ 3 years ago, I'd say the US government has got it completely wrong. One of the basic ideas in the founding of the US was that the average citizen had to be able to protect themselves from the government. That is why the right to have guns is so fiercely protected in the US. Historically, if the citizens had guns and could defend themselves, and the government wasn't likely to be able to trample all over them. The founding fathers of the US knew that governments didn't always get it right. They wanted to make sure there were checks and balances in place so that power didn't get concentrated in one place. The constitution and bill of rights set things up so that everyone had to work together. In the modern day I see encryption and computer technology as no different than guns were in the past. In the past physical force and guns were the way to control things. Now information and communication are a more potent force. As it has long been said "the pen is mightier than the sword".Now Have Your Say
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