It has been reported that a new law being proposed in Finland could threaten open source and of course Linux itself. There's more smoke than reality there (it apparently is just yet another MP3 related law), but it still should make you nervous.
While this in itself may be nothing much, little erosions can lead to big landslides. If you get enough little laws nibbling away at freedom, someday some judge can look at all of it in the framework of some outrageous assault by Microsoft and decide that, by gum, Open Source is illegal. He'd need some help from some politicians first, of course, but that's never hard to come by.
I had written about this at "Licensed Operating Systems a while back. It's just not hard to imagine enough of this building up, especially when you couple it with paranoia from security concerns.
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