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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/philosophy freedom-or-copyright.html
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 15:04:08 +0000

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Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       09/12/15 15:04:08

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        philosophy     : freedom-or-copyright.html 

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--- freedom-or-copyright.html   21 Apr 2009 14:43:57 -0000      1.28
+++ freedom-or-copyright.html   15 Dec 2009 15:04:03 -0000      1.29
@@ -17,16 +17,16 @@
 reading public received the benefit of this, while losing little:
 copyright restricted only publication, not the things an ordinary
 reader could do.  That made copyright arguably a beneficial system for
-the public, and therefore legitimate.</p>
+the public, and therefore arguably legitimate.</p>
 Well and good&mdash;back then.</p>
-More recently, humanity developed a new way of distributing
-information: computers and networks.  They facilitated copying and
+More recently, humanity has developed a new way of distributing
+information: computers and networks.  They facilitate copying and
 manipulating information, including software, musical recordings,
-books, and movies, and offered the possibility of unlimited access to
+books, and movies, and offer the possibility of unlimited access to
 all sorts of data&mdash;an information utopia.</p>
@@ -42,7 +42,7 @@
 The publishers' lobby was determined to prevent the public from taking
 advantage of the power of their computers, and found copyright a
 suitable tool.  Under their influence, rather than relaxing copyright
-rules to suit the new circumstances, governments made it stricter than
+rules to suit the new circumstances, governments made them stricter than
 ever, forbidding the act of sharing.</p>
@@ -58,8 +58,8 @@
 The publishers gained US government support for their dream with the
 Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.  This law gave publishers
 power to write their own copyright rules, by implementing them in the
-code of the authorized player software.  (This practice is called
-Digital Restrictions Management, or DRM.)  Even reading or listening
+code of the authorized player software.  Under this practice, called
+Digital Restrictions Management, or DRM, even reading or listening
 without authorization is forbidden.</p>
@@ -106,7 +106,7 @@
 But bestsellers also can still do well without stopping sharing.
 Stephen King got hundreds of thousands of dollars selling an
 unencrypted e-book with no obstacle to copying and sharing.  The
-singer Issa, a.k.a. Jane Siberry, asks people
+singer Issa, aka. Jane Siberry, asks people
 to <a href="http://www.sheeba.ca/store/help.php#sdp";> choose their
 own prices</a> when they download songs, and averages more per
 download than the usual $0.99.  Radiohead made millions in 2007 by
@@ -141,7 +141,7 @@
 larger share than the other artists, the superstars together will get
 only a small fraction of the money, leaving most of it to support a
 large number of other artists.  This system will use our tax money
-efficiently to support art.</p>
+efficiently to support the arts.</p>
@@ -188,7 +188,7 @@
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-$Date: 2009/04/21 14:43:57 $
+$Date: 2009/12/15 15:04:03 $
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