Eric Raymond – Don’t Tread on Me

I love this letter from Eric Raymond to Chris Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. It sums up nicely the way I feel about how lobbyists and legislators are attempting to trample on citizens’ rights through dubious claims and ill-advised legislation. Between draconian punishments for copyright infringers, the attempt to enforce DRM through “trusted computing”, and the attempt to snoop on citizens’ communications without warrants, the ideals upon which not just the Internet but our IT industry as a whole were created are being trampled. Please don’t let them win.