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Software Patents, Microsoft Trolls and Intellectual Monopoly Miscellany

http://boycottnovell.com

The intellectual insanity resumes. Let’s take a quick look at some highlights from the news.

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Total power over execution of a program

http://www.stallman.org

RMS: «The EFF is fighting an attempt to twist copyright law to give the software developer total power over execution of the program. Victory in this case will not eliminate the practice of restricting how users run proprietary programs. It will only limit the developers to using contracts as the means. This will not make users free.

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Interview: How a hacker became a freedom fighter

http://www.newscientist.com

"One of the founding fathers of "free software" and an esteemed elder of the hacking community, Richard Stallman has made defending people's freedoms his life's work. That usually means supplying hackers with software and attacking copyright law.

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Neither Intellectual, Nor Property

http://techdirt.com

Mike Masnick writes an article about the issues of the term "Intellectual Property". This article is part of his series on Intellectual Property http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20080228/003450379.shtml .

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Promoting the Public Domain with Creative Commons' CC0 Initiative

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

It used to be that you could safely assume a work was public domain unless there was a highly visible warning printed on it, containing both the copyright owner and the date of copyright (at least in the USA). This system also ensured that, when the work’s copyright expired, you could tell from any copy that this was so—by simply adding the duration of copyright to the date printed in the work’s copyright notice. The Berne Convention, however, changed all that by replacing the assumption of freedom with the assumption of monopoly, and it now takes extensive research to be sure a work is public domain.

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The Non-Revocable GPL

http://www.groklaw.net

I know by now you've seen the notice by the guy claiming to "revoke" the GPL license on his code, because I'm getting email about it.

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Against Intellectual Monopoly

http://levine.sscnet.ucla.edu

"It is common to argue that intellectual property in the form of copyright and patent is necessary for the innovation and creation of ideas and inventions such as machines, drugs, computer software, books, music, literature and movies. In fact intellectual property is a government grant of a costly and dangerous private monopoly over ideas. We show through theory and example that intellectual monopoly is not necessary for innovation and as a practical matter is damaging to growth, prosperity and liberty."

It is an economic book that build a devastating case against patent and copyright laws.

Notes: It seem that book marks the GPL and other free software license as the exception and is something that they see as beneficial. It is something if possible they want to see preserved.

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Copyright Extensions and ISP Filtering: Breaking EU Culture, One Amendment at a Time

http://www.eff.org

"As you may recall, the European Parliament's forthcoming report on the Cultural Industries has become the latest target of lobbying by the recording industry. First, they attempted to insert language that advocated that European ISPs filter and block their own users on the basis of suspected infringement. As we explained to European Members of Parliament..."

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The Creative Commons CC0 project

http://lwn.net

CC0 is a Creative Commons project designed to promote and protect the public domain by 1) enabling authors to easily waive their copyrights in particular works and to communicate that waiver to others, and 2) providing a means by which any person can assert that there are no copyrights in a particular work, in a way that allows others to judge the reliability of that assertion.

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Radiohead, 'Juno' blast onto U.S. pop chart

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com

Radiohead's “In Rainbows” album topped the U.S. sales chart this week, selling 122,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Happy Public Domain Day!

http://www.boingboing.net

via digitalcitizen => Public Domain Day challenges: what effect does copyright power have on us socially?

http://www.digitalcitizen.info/2008/01/01/public-domain-day-challenges-w...

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Download Uproar: Record Industry Goes After Personal Use

http://www.washingtonpost.com

Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry has utterly failed to halt the decline of the record album or the rise of digital music sharing.

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MPAA's University wiretapping product taken down for violating copyright

http://mjg59.livejournal.com

"...The GPL requires anyone who makes a program based on GPL'ed code has to release the source code for their program and license it under the GPL. The MPAA refused multiple requests to provide the sources for their spyware, so an Ubuntu developer sent a DMCA notice to the MPAA's ISP and demanded that the material be taken down as infringing."

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A new copyright law is coming

http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Ottawa copyright circles are buzzing with hints that the government is preparing its new revised copyright bill, and will be tabling it soon, perhaps as early as next week. And the buzz is that the new law will basically be a copy of the controversial U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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[Audio] Richard Stallman: Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks

http://www.interfce.com

Audio recording from lecture at Caltech.

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