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The Wiktionary states that a vigilante is:
- "One who takes the law into one's own hands"
When we think of this we think of mobs going around beating and killing people they believe have broken the law. In these cases the police usually treat the vigilantes as offenders and those the vigilantes persecuted as victims. This seems fair and just doesn't it? People shouldn't take the law into their own hands.
Despite the fact that the world's countries have laws, which are to be enforced by the countries' judicial system, many actively support the digital vigilante: Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).
One of the active bloggers on Libervis Blogs, Charles Schulz is writing a three part article series examining the Free Software community and relationships between users and developers. He is asserting that the notions of "users" and "developers" are highly irrelevant.
Famous for his reverse engineering, an author of the DeCSS content de-scrambling software "DVD Jon"
is playing a slightly different tune
now. Rather than working against DRM as he has been known to do, he is now apparently experimenting with the idea of using DRM to his and supposedly customers advantage.
"Today is D-D-Day - Defeating DRM Day - and Defective By Design is suggesting anyone who wants to see an end to Big Business DRM Consumer Control has 10 things they can do to help make that happen." -- Read more
" The Commerce Department agreed Friday to loosen its control over the agency that manages the Internet address system, a move that experts called a big step toward private-sector control.
In addition to providing for more autonomy, the accord calls for a midterm review in 18 months, the earliest point at which ICANN could become unleashed from government oversight. "The top line is that this is a major step forward for ICANN to become completely autonomous," said Paul Twomey, the Australian who is chief executive of ICANN. "
However a commentator on CNET says: "I greatly doubt that this will improve things. ICANN is a tremendous