Skype telephone giveaway- but not for Linux users

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Jun 14 13:58:12 BST 2007

Knapp wrote:

>> So, I suppose that when you purchase a book you feel that you can copy
>> it and distribute the copies as much as you'd like? Or do you not
>> purchase books, either, because the evil publishers do not let you
>> copy and redistribute (and possibly modify) the text that _you_ paid
>> for?
> No, but book companies do not tell you that you can only read that book
> under one light and only one light. Nor do Music makers say that I can not
> play my CD on car stereo AND my home stereo and my friends stereo nor loan
> it to him (I am not saying do all this at the same time). All of which I
> do with my CD's but I can not legally do with my software.
Not entirely true.  In the US, software tends to be constrained that way. 
In much of the rest of the world, once I buy something I have generally got
the right to use it as I wish - no matter what restrictive EULAs the vendor
ties it up with.  Also, DRM aims to prevent exactly what you say you can do
with your music - dictate exactly how & where you can play it.  DRM already
does that for DVDs.

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