Increasingly technology companies are arrogating to themselves the power to control the machines we buy and "own." Maybe you've got a DVD player that smugly refuses to let you fast-forward through those FBI warnings on the movies you rent, or maybe your mini-disc recorder will let high-quality digital sound in but will play back only low-quality analog sound. For corporate purposes supposedly related to protecting copyright, devices are beginning to prohibit us from doing what we have the

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