<br><div class="gmail_quote">On Jan 24, 2008 11:55 PM, Kristian Erik Hermansen <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
What I meant is that it appears the "anonymous" posters' of that video<br>utilized festival to craft the voice overlay with textual input...<br><div><div></div><div class="Wj3C7c"></div></div></blockquote><div>
<br>Oh, right.<br><br>And that is what concerns me a bit. IMHO, this attack by Anonymous could come back to haunt those of us who favor an open Internet. Anonymous is prefacing their attack on Scientology on the cult's abuse of copyright, as well as Scientology's various acts of fraud and murder. But the problem is, they are using FOSS tools to do so, and I'm wondering to what extent this will create a backlash against FOSS in general in the mind of the general public.
<br><br>Larry Lessig makes a point of criticizing illegal copying, which I agree with. IMHO, we should actively criticize illegal copying (because the GPL is based on copyright) and we should make clear that we do not support Anonymous' attack.
<br><br>I think that it is great that Anonymous has gotten so much public criticism of Scientology, and has gotten the mainstream media to play that Tom Cruise video over and over again, but I think that people will get frightened of Anonymous and maybe people who have CLI-type skills. I don't think that this is a real positive PR event for distributed collaboration.