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June 11, 2005


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1. Rolo Timassie on June 11, 2005 9:52 PM writes...

Yeah, that's right, supporters of the Flag are against "citizen rights." And they kill puppies. And kick little old ladies trying to cross the street. Who ever said you guys didn't argue fair, anyway?

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2. Donna on June 11, 2005 10:12 PM writes...

I'd read the whole piece before jumping to conclusions about fairness.

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3. Branko Collin on June 12, 2005 8:31 AM writes...

Rolo, can one believe in colors, but not in blue? Certainly you can, but I can also understand the position of those who say you cannot.

Also, if you do not believe in something does not mean you do not support it, or are even against it. I do not believe I am going to live a life of unending bliss, but I support it, and certainly would not kick it.

Is Crawford trying to polarize the issue? You bet he is, but that just means we'll take him a little less serious next time.

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4. Walt Crawford on June 14, 2005 11:48 AM writes...

Polarize the issue? Well, read everything I've written on Broadcast Flag (since it first arose--I've been following this a lot), and if you think I'm being extremist about it, then take me "less serious" [sic] "next time."

But what reason do I have to believe that you ever took me "serious" before?

Donna and other Copyfight folk (those who pay any attention to me at all) know very well that I'm about as far from "polarized" on most copyright issues as it's possible to get--I'm an independent.

I connected the dots on the Broadcast Flag early on, particularly when connected to "closing the analog hole." I was one of the first to write that I did not see how you could make the BF concept work properly without eliminating open-architecture personal computing. I still don't see how that's possible. And, frankly, I still can't correlate support of BF with support of anything like balanced copyright.

I'm not trying to polarize anything. With BF, there's not much choice. The attempt to sneak it through via the FCC, when Congress wouldn't roll over for copyright extremists, makes it even more of a polarizing issue.

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