cactus data shield

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Fri Dec 21 21:22:51 UTC 2001

On Fri, Dec 21, 2001 at 09:00:22PM +0100, Wim De Smet wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to draw some attention to a news message I read. It's on a bit of
> a free software unfriendly site (zdnet belgium).
> It's in dutch, and gives some details about a new cd, that will be protected
> by cactus data shield technology. What's so bad about this, is that it's a
> propietary format that will only play on a specialised player in Windows. No 
> mac or gnu/linux support. In my eyes this is extremely bad. The 'experiment'
> will be carried out in the US and off course the program etc. fall under
> DMCA. I think this is a good example of the reasons why DMCA should be
> abolished. If more record companies go this way, eventually we will be
> unable to buy cd's anymore.

I'm going to issue a lot of things in this mail (I'm to lazy to split
them :-) ).

First for the non-dutch speakers under us, is almost the same
article but in english. It doesn't look very nice. :(

Second I want to know if cracking this is illegal in Europe (especially
in The Netherlands as I live there). If not, IMHO we should make a
GPL'd GNU/Linux to fight for our freedom. I'm going to the CCC Congress
(, it would be a nice project to do it
their (I will bring my own computer with me). Does somebody know if
these CDs are available in Europe?

If there are people going to the congress, it would be nice to meet
other free software supporters. Just mail me if you want to meet me
there. :)

Also for all dutch and belgic people here: What about setting up a FSF
Benelux? AFAIK there doesn't exist anything like that (At least not here
in The Netherlands, there is only some open source thing. I don't know
about Belgium).

Okay that was it. :)

Jeroen Dekkers
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