Στέκεται για μια ελεύθερη κοινωνία

There is much more to software than being trustworthy (being "Open-Source"): what really counts is the freedoms you get over it. Can you learn from it? Can you build upon it? Can you distribute it? That's what we refer to as "free software".

I come up with new words, phrases, analogies, all kinds of fun stuff in the English language and people paraphrase what I had to say and make money talking about some of the same things that I did.

If I try to lock down what I talk about and write about, the same way as a proprietary software company does, then the whole industry of speaking, writing, media, would be overly litigious, and transaction costs would be prohibitive.

Don Marti, Συνέντευξη 2005

Δεν είναι μια τρελή ιδέα

It sounds peculiar to many users that software should be free as in freedom, since none of Microsoft's products are. Yet our society works with many free things in it, for example:

  • Κανένας σεφ δεν θα σας απαγόρευε να τροποποιήσετε τη συνταγή του και να κάνετε νέες προερχόμενες από αυτή. Η βιομηχανία τροφίμων αναπτύσσεται παρόλο που απαιτείται από το νόμο να αναφέρονται τα συστατικά στις ετικέτες των προϊόντων.
  • A fair law court system permits anyone to read through all the trial hearings and arguments. Not only the result (the final deliberations), but also the process is fully open.

Free software is free as in "free speech", as in a "free market": all are necessary for a free society. Unconvinced? Let us look at proprietary software a little closer.

Το ιδιόκτητο λογισμικό προχωρεί στραβά

The limits of proprietary software go beyond the security issue (see our article on source code): today proprietary software interferes with the spread of culture and information. This happens mainly through two technologies:

Digital Restrictions Management 1 (DRM)

The main idea of DRM 1 is to restrict access to files. Users encounter this when, for example, they purchase music through iTunes, and then can only play their music with one player, from one brand. With this method, companies fight copyright infringement, but they also severely restrain users' access to their files.

Το DRM είναι έλεγχος περιεχομένου

Except that the control is not in the hands of the end-user. The original purpose of DRM is understandable, but the implications over the flow of information and culture within a society are frightening.

  • Φανταστείτε ένα βιβλίο το οποίο κολλάει αυτόματα μετά την πρώτη ανάγνωση.
  • Φανταστείτε έγγραφα που αυτοκαταστρέφονται εάν προσπαθήσετε να τα βγάλετε έξω από το δωμάτιο.
  • Imagine telephones that only worked if the person you were ringing was renting the same make and model.

Sounds crazy? This is where Trusted Computing comes in.

Έμπιστη Πληροφορική (ΕΠ)

Trusted Computing (sometimes more accurately called "Treacherous Computing") means a computer can only run "Trusted" Software. It is meant to be an uncircumventable protection against nuisances (like viruses or spyware) and copyright violations (people copying proprietary software).

Η Έμπιστη Πληροφορική είναι υπό τον έλεγχο του υπολογιστή

The critical thing about Trusted Computing is that you cannot decide what is trustworthy and what is not. For example, your computer might refuse to run programs that are not certified by the software company –programs that could enable you to take documents out of the office, or play your neighbour's DVD, or send your essay to someone not using the same program.

A whole range of possibilities opens up for companies that benefit from restricting your computing (such as proprietary software and recording companies). It is suddenly possible to rent DVDs that only play two times, or music you can only listen to during September, or information you can read but can't save or copy. All of a sudden, Trusted Computing and DRM enable remote control over content.

Η Έμπιστη Πληροφορική, στην πραγματικότητα, επιτρέπει στον εκδότη να γράψει το δικό τους δίκαιο πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας.

Ο ευρύτερος αντίκτυπος

Many cultural products are now emerging "triple protected", not only by copyright and code, but also by contracts or licenses for which users waive all remaining rights.

Increasingly, copyright is replaced with click-through end-user licenses for digital content, using contract law to establish the absolute property rights that copyright laws were originally intended to deny to publishers.

Rosemary Bechler, Unbounded Freedom

Η πληροφορική δεν είναι πια απλώς υπολογισμοί. Χρησιμοποιούμε λογισμικό για να επικοινωνούμε, να μοιραζόμαστε πληροφορίες, ιδέες και πολιτισμό. Το λογισμικό βρίσκεται στα τηλέφωνα μας, τα αυτοκίνητα μας, τα συστήματα ήχου και εικόνας, τις τηλεοράσεις μας και κυριαρχεί σχεδόν σε κάθε νέα συσκευή γύρω μας.

Software is increasingly used to enforce rules. Rules that may or may not be the law. Rules that may or may not be fair. If the software is not free there will be no space for the user to influence these rules.

Trusted Computing and DRM pave the way for a society in which culture and information are not simply turned into products (they are right now, and that is fine), but into consumable products.

Code is power. Most of today's work documents are written and encoded with secret algorithms in proprietary software. What will be of tomorrow's books, photos, films, essays, animations, music, news? Proprietary programs such as Windows have no transparency. A free culture and a free society cannot grow from such software.

May we suggest you switch to GNU/Linux?

  1. ^ Note that DRM is often referred to as "Digital Rights Management", although it has little to do with rights – "Digital Restrictions Management" is a more accurate name.

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