yup, I've come to the conclusion that it isn't. before I'm pumped full of flames lemme explain my POV. well It got me thinking when my history lecturer told the class that Americans are not free because we are not independent. we are dependent on employers and manufacturers. lol wut? Red is spewing the same bullshit he spews all the time. Well If I buy a CD It's mine right? I have (supposedly) the freedom to do what I want with it right? No. I cant play it to an audience in a public setting, I cant make copies and give to a friend etc. Think of it that way, but on a much larger scale. Before you buy anything, purchase any services, you agree to it's terms, essentially restricting your use of said item. How does this spill over into real life? Well you know by now EVERYTHING (save food stuffs but I'm not too sure) has a set of restrictions you must agree to if you don't? you cant buy them and your life becomes infinitely more difficult. A good example is what happened to a WoW player. he was going for some business and left his account to a friend, after some complications the blizzard company locked his character and also banned him from their servers. why? he violated his terms of service by giving his account to some else to manage for him. think about all the monthly payments, the time and money he put to his avatar(digital counter part) and it all goes down the drain because, his terms of services stated that all the characters and things in the game belong to blizzard. you are only paying to play. lol wut? Another good example is the mass deletion of LJ. they honestly cant do shit, why? because they agreed to the terms before signing up. If a mod wants to come and ban me just because I'm awesome, I can't do jack. As long as your using someone else's services and products you'll have your freedom chipped away one agreement at a time. There is an alternative. start producing your own software hard ware and countless other products on your own. then and only then are you free.