Re: RealNetworks is spying on Internet users again

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Mon May 29 2000 - 16:13:41 MDT

Harvey Newstrom wrote:

> Another company is caught spying on your PC. RealNetworks installs a
> "Download Demon" on your PC when you download their free players. It
> records every download you make from the Internet and reports it back to
> RealNetwork for marketing purposes.
> Why do companies think they have the right to do this? I am seeing more and
> more of this!

We each need to figure out how much information freedom we are
comfortable with, do we not? There are those on this list who feel
that all information should be freeeee, so to them I say fine: freeeee
your own first. I have been toying with this notion myself, to go
ahead and open my own hard disks for anyone who cares to see,
including financial records, tax records, medical, driving, scholastic,
employment, everything and anything. If I did that, then I would be
perfectly comfortable downloading free stuff.

Seems like if they offered some free software and you took the
action to download it, whatever it wants to do is fair game. spike

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