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Wednesday, July 09, 2003
(copyright) Will Microsoft control our information access?  
usr/lib/info asks the question "what will happen to the principle of fair use when Microsoft, as it intends to, builds DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) technology into Office applications such as Word and Excel?". Microsoft will be "providing users with a technology that, as its primary function, infringes on fair use." And worse, what happens when IE becomes the front-end of the system?

Sobering stuff.


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