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EU Copyright Extension: Help MEPs Hear the Other Side

http://www.eff.org

"From reading the official European Commission documentation on its proposed Copyright Term Extension Directive, one might believe perpetuating performer copyrights from 50 to 95 years in Europe is a charitable policy with no ill effects at all.

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Bethesda Company Sues Realtor For Copyright Claim: Why Affero GPL is Freedom to the Web

http://legaltimes.typepad.com

"...The suit, filed by Bethesda-based CoStar Realty Information, alleges that managers at New York’s Dumann Realty illegally accessed CoStar's Web site, a subscription to which costs hundreds of dollars a month and provides clients with real estate information such as photos and vacancy databases, by borrowing another customer's user information..."

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Transcript of an interview with RMS for Radio New Zealand, conducted by Kim Hill on August 9, 2008

http://nb.inode.co.nz

"...They base it on practical values only and they take for granted that proprietary software subjugating users is legitimate; whereas I say, and we in the Free Software movement say, that users are entitled to freedom and that proprietary software is a social problem and we're aiming to correct that problem, put an end to that problem..."

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Urgent Note: music listeners

http://www.openrightsgroup.org

RMS: « EU citizens: The European Parliament is working hard to help record companies mistreat music listeners and musicians even worse. Call or write your MEP to oppose this directive --

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Copyright on the tracks

http://www.itpro.co.uk

Seen in this light, free software and Creative Commons licenses can be viewed as a mechanism for seeding and preserving the common pool of knowledge, and ensuring the free exchange of ideas in a society that has become unduly acquisitive of ideas.

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Copyleft and closed dual license ethics

http://daniel.haxx.se

There are a bunch of companies out there today that offer their products in a dual-license style, where you can download and use the GPL licensed version or buy the proprietary licensed version (often together with some kind of service deal) that you then can use without the “burden” of a GPL agreement.

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Open source software raises copyright issues

http://www.centredaily.com

F/OSS is rife with legal ambiguities and risk. F/OSS is subject to an anomalous, complex, and decentralized licensing scheme that has evolved entirely apart from conventional, commercial licensing models.

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File sharing is not illegal

http://www.eff.org

RMS: « Another federal court ruled that file sharing does not violate copyright law.

I am concerned that Leahy's nasty law could change this »

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What if copyright didn't apply to binary executables?

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

By rights, copyright really shouldn’t apply to binary executables, because they are purely “functional” (not “expressive”) works. The decision to extend copyright to binaries was an economically-motivated anomaly, and that choice has some counter-intuitive and detrimental side-effects.

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Mickey Mouse

http://www.latimes.com

RMS: « Disney bought a US law to extend the copyright on the drawing of Mickey Mouse, but it may have lost that copyright in 1929 through an error.

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[PDF] Richard Stallman at the University of Waikato - Wednesday 20 August

http://www.scms.waikato.ac.nz

"...The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright to promote progress, for the benefit of the public then we must make changes in the other direction..."

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The Permission Problem

http://www.newyorker.com

In the second decade of the twentieth century, it was almost impossible to build an airplane in the United States.

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Free Software leader slams NZ copyright

http://computerworld.co.nz

"..RMS’s other mission here is to promote the Free Software Movement. The creator of the GPL...is at pains to correct misunderstandings of what the term free software means and to draw a distinction between it and the open source movement.

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Freedom Fighter of the Digital Age

http://en.epochtimes.com

"As music, movies and books move further into the digital realm, the question of our freedoms being diminished was raised by Richard Stallman at Cambridge University on April 30th at his talk on 'Copyright vs Community'.

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[FSF] Free Software Supporter - Issue 3, May 2008

http://lists.gnu.org

## In this issue
* Free Software Supporter exclusive: WBUR is streaming Ogg Vorbis!
* DBD Action Alert - Libraries: Eliminate DRM!
* Get DeltaH, gNewSense 2.0
* Get your next machine with gNewSense
* Silicon Mechanics to ship servers with free BIOS preinstalled
* Can we rescue OLPC from Windows? by Richard M. Stallman
* End Software Patents: the Bilski hearing, heard.

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