Could You Get Fined For Downloading Linux?

Fake News written by James Baughn on Thursday, May 13, 1999

from the how-do-you-want-to-bribe-a-legislator-today? dept.

...If you live in Australia you might. If the proposed Internet censorship bill pending in Australia is ratified, it might become illegal to download Linux. The bill would make it illegal to access any 'R' rated content in the country. The Linux source code is 'R' rated; a search through it with the rgrep command reveals that the f--- word appears in several places.

We at Humorix shudder to think of all the negative repercussions that passage of the censorship bill might cause. Australian FTP sites would no longer be able to carry the Linux source code -- or any 'R' rated open source software. It would take a herculanean effort to remove all 'offensive' material from all copies of open source software in existence in Australia.

Several conspiracy theories have already emerged, all of which center on Microsoft. Have any of the bill's supporters accepted Microsoft campaign contributions or other favors? We haven't found any evidence of this, but the Humorix Vast Spy Network(tm) is investigating the possibility.

In addition, it seems suspicious that this bill would leave proprietary software unscathed. The Windows source code could be filled with hundreds of expletives directed at the lemmings end-users of it, but we and the Australian censorship police would have no way of knowing.

Stay tuned to Humorix for breaking information about this unfolding situation.

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