Published at LXer:
I wrote the following as a letter to the Globe and Mail editor in response to End of the free Napster clones? This article quotes Eric Garland as saying that "The open-source community will continue to build new, uncensored versions," This falsely suggests that the Open Source community is deliberately building tools to break the law. What we are doing is building tools to put the owners of computers (rather than third parties) in control of their own computers, protecting the property, privacy and other rights of those owners. Peer to Peer technology is quite legitimate, and is used by our community to legally share our own software and the works of the large number of copyright holders who authorize their works to be shared. While it is possible to abuse these tools to infringe copyright, we must remember that the "software manufacturing" competitors to Open Source do not hold the moral high ground.