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It's an interesting (tongue-in-cheek) scenario, but it wouldn't succeed. Linux code is freely available and no-one really "owns" it. The MP3 hardcore underground is already building their own MP3 players using stripped-down versions of Linux, converted 386 PCs and old Ethernet cards. They build custom interface panels made from cheap Radio Shack parts. The scenario you suggest would cause a huge demand and market for these underground devices that would quickly become mainstream.

Every attempt at making software, music and video hard to copy has failed in the marketplace. It will always be so.

It is true that the music industry is working on ways to prevent MP3 files from being made from music CDs. Their encoding mechanism was hacked the same week it was announced.

I'm not a Christian, but I like the uplifting, positive message of modern Christian music. It's a nice break from the Death Rock and Gangsta Rap that seems to dominate music these days.

Good luck to you in your endevours.

Bill Clearlake

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