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The Right to Read is a short story by Richard Stallman, the founder of the free software movement. It is a cautionary tale set in the future, when DRM - like technologies are employed to restrict the readership of books: the sharing of books and written material is a crime punishable by imprisonment.

In particular, it touches on the impact of such a system on the requirements of university students, one of whom is forced into a dilemma in which he must decide whether to loan his computer to a fellow student, who may or may not illegally access his purchased documents.


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