Are open source and copyright issues connected?

This has always been the political split between the Free Software movement and the Open Source software movement.

The Free Software Foundation brought its campaign against Digital Rights Management to Seattle this morning, in the form of a "flash protest."

The idea is that DRM is Defective by Design,  that it cripples computing solely for the benefit of a few, and that it needs to be gotten-rid of.

As one activist wrote me:

The fight against DRM is the fight for the right of private ownership of computers, and for the practical power to control the ones we own.

This has always been the political split between the Free Software movement and the Open Source software movement. The former sees freedom as an obligation, something that must be given to everyone. The latter see freedom as an option, a grant to others under strict license control.

The former view holds DRM in contempt. The latter is either agnostic on DRM or actively embraces it. (This is separate from the question of whether DRM creates monopolies.)

So, are the two issues connected? Should they be? Or are those demonstrating in Seattle today a lunatic fringe?

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