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The constitutionality or appropriateness of the the node in question is irrelelvant. What is relevant is that any ambulance chasing MPAA/RIAA toady could place an injunction on the Monestary and initiate an extensive and (for vroom) expensive process that could, as merlyn suggests, lead to the closure of the site. There have been many, well-documented cases where the threat of litigation has been enough to shut folks down.

I do not agree with this - it should be the content, not the fear of litigation that prompts any censorship. Yes, we live in an imperfect world, but do you really think that this site will get closed down for posting something like this? The MPAA (or others) can send a letter from their attorney "asking" PerlMonks to remove the code, and we (TINW) would probably do so. If not, we could always keep it and enlist slashdot in our defense (PerlMonks has some friends in important places there).

To further play Devil's Advocate, shouldn't the very links to the source code be removed as well, as the MPAA has gone after mere hyperlinks, as evidenced by the 2600 case? Shouldn't we also remove all GIFS from the Monastery, in case they were made with unlicensed GIF encoders? After all, this is another corporation that is not afraid to go after people on the web.

My point is yes, we should draw a line, but not at this particular script. I also just noticed that the node in question still has the code in it (albeit in a "hidden" form), and if that comment afterwards was by the original poster, I concede that it was probably partly a political statement.

In reply to Re: Re: Node 541 by turnstep
in thread Node 541 by Corion

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