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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/philosophy ebooks.html
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:57:55 +0000

CVSROOT:        /webcvs/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       09/12/15 14:57:55

Modified files:
        philosophy     : ebooks.html 

Log message:
        Minor changes.

CVSWeb URLs:
http://web.cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewcvs/www/philosophy/ebooks.html?cvsroot=www&r1=1.11&r2=1.12

Patches:
Index: ebooks.html
===================================================================
RCS file: /webcvs/www/www/philosophy/ebooks.html,v
retrieving revision 1.11
retrieving revision 1.12
diff -u -b -r1.11 -r1.12
--- ebooks.html 17 Sep 2007 19:56:13 -0000      1.11
+++ ebooks.html 15 Dec 2009 14:57:50 -0000      1.12
@@ -8,7 +8,7 @@
 
 <blockquote>
 <p><em>(This is a slightly modified version of an article published
-in Technology Review in 2000.)</em></p>
+in <cite>Technology Review</cite> in 2000.)</em></p>
 </blockquote>
 
 <p>Once upon a time, in the age of the printing press, an industrial
@@ -32,14 +32,14 @@
 possibility of unlimited access to all sorts of data, an
 information utopia.</p>
 
-<p>But one obstacle stood in the way: copyright. Readers who took
+<p>But one obstacle stood in the way: copyright. Readers who
 made use of their computers to share published information were
 technically copyright infringers. The world had changed around this
 law, so that what was once an industrial regulation on publishers
 had become a restriction on the public it was meant to serve.</p>
 
 <p>In a system of real democracy, a law that prohibits a popular,
-natural and useful activity is usually soon relaxed. But the
+natural, and useful activity is usually soon relaxed. But the
 powerful publishers' lobby was determined to prevent the public
 from taking advantage of the power of their computers, and found
 copyright a suitable weapon. Under their influence, rather than
@@ -50,8 +50,8 @@
 <p>But that wasn't the last of it. Computers can be powerful tools
 of domination, when a few people control what other people's
 computers do. The publishers realized that by forcing people to use
-specially designated software to read e-books, they can gain
-unprecedented power: they can compel readers to pay, and identify
+specially designated software to read e-books, they could gain
+unprecedented power: they could compel readers to pay, and identify
 themselves, every time they read a book! That is the publishers'
 dream.</p>
 
@@ -136,7 +136,7 @@
 <p>
 Updated:
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2007/09/17 19:56:13 $
+$Date: 2009/12/15 14:57:50 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->
 </p>
 </div>




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