Defending creators of digital media
I wasn't disappointed by the recent Supreme Court ruling that allowed content owners to sue file trading networks for failure to do enough to protect their copyrights. That shouldn't surprise anyone who caught my post last week where I defended content owners against the "fair use" militias who want to force them not to package their products in ways that would help to prevent file trading in the first place (namely, with Digital Rights Management (DRM) that restricts the way media can be used).
Property rights and the broadcast flag
Joe Brockmeier recently castigated members of Congress for attempting to sneak the broadcast flag into law by attaching it to an appropriations bill. Along the way, Joe agreed with Rick Boucher, representative for Virginia's Ninth Congressional district, that if the content industry wants the broadcast flag, they should agree to legal extensions into the digital age of "fair use" principles.
The benefits of patents
Richard Stallman doesn't like the proposed EU directive which would legalize software patents in the European Union. That's not surprising, because the software libre movement he founded and the software license, the GPL, he wrote aim to remove all entanglements from the software development process, whether based on a secret (proprietary source code) or on patented algorithms.
Raymond on open source
If you talk to Eric Raymond or Richard Stallman, they make very specific that "open source" (which is Eric Raymond's bailiwick) is not "free software" (Stallman's domain). "Open source" is more pragmatic, concentrating on the benefits of the "open" development model over proprietary models.
Cultivating corporate schizophrenia
Judge Motz, chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, narrowed the scope of Novell's ongoing antitrust case, throwing out four of the six claims on technicalities (they weren't filed within proper timeframes). The last two were allowed to continue, and all the news reports -- including Ina Fried reporting for News.
Outsourcing: tempest in a teapot
Outsourcing is still a topic that can turn your typical American programmer into a fan of import protections. It's perfectly understandable, as we're talking livelihoods, and all the economic theory in the world won't keep the electricity on or pay high LA mortgage rates (which is why I won't be buying a house anytime soon).
Open Source's debt to corporations
Jesus Villasante, the head of software technologies at the EC's Information Society and Media Directorate General (try saying that after a few beers), accused American IT companies of using open source programmers to their own nefarious ends. Companies are using the potential of communities as subcontractors--the open-source community today (is a) subcontractor of American multinationals I think Mr.