Science fiction can be found in mmm... unexpected places. Yes, the author is the Richard Stallman, man behind GNU. And don't even try guessing the place of original publication - Communications of the ACM!!
This is an activists' story - the kind that now-a-days is associated with Cory Doctorow. A copyright dystopia where each reading of an ebook on a computer may requires a small payment, & only pre-authenticated people can read it!
Story is of the dilemma of Dan Halbert, a university student, who needs to respond to his girlfriend's request to lend her his computer because hers has broken down.
Fact sheet.First published: Communications of the ACM, Volume 40, No 2 (February 1997).
Download full text from GNU. [via Swapnil Bhartiya at indiansciencefiction Yahoo group]
Related: Stories dealing with copyrights & patents.