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[News] Stopping Exploitation of Programmers (and Writers)

  • Subject: [News] Stopping Exploitation of Programmers (and Writers)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 03:05:18 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Closing open source loopholes

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| While GPLv3 originally set out to tackle the issue of software patents, 
| another loophole emerged with the Microsoft-Novell partnership a year ago, 
| adding some urgency and significance to the issue. To avoid passing its 
| promise not to pursue patent-based legal action onto all Linux users, 
| Microsoft gave its promise directly to SUSE Linux customers. GPLv3 
| grandfathered the clever deal, but again, the license would prevent a similar 
| arrangement today.      


The Artful Writer - Best Video I've Seen Yet

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| ...this video pretty much blows that argument out of the water—and the 
| brilliant part is that it does it with the CEO’s own words. 


This is about how Big Media uses the artists/writers for its own benefit
without giving anything back.


Music industry attacks Sunday newspaper's free Prince CD

| The eagerly awaited new album by Prince is being launched as a free
| CD with a national Sunday newspaper in a move that has drawn
| widespread criticism from music retailers.


Why popstars are going it alone

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| Music industry lobby groups have long been among the most vocal advocates of 
| copyright reform, urging governments worldwide to prioritise intellectual 
| property protection.  
| [...]
| Last week, Radiohead released its latest CD without copy-controls on its 
| website under a pay-as-you like system (Canada's Issa - formerly known as 
| Jane Siberry - has successfully employed a similar approach for many years).  
| The Radiohead announcement has unleashed a stunning series of follow-up 
| moves - reports indicate that Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Jamiroquai, the 
| Charlatans, and Madonna have either left or are ready to leave their record 
| labels in search of greater commercial success through live performances, 
| merchandise sales, and other online innovation that may include free 
| distribution of their music.      


Prisoner of Redmond:  Yet Another Way Paul Allen Isn't Like You or Me

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| Robert X. Cringely reveals the true reason why Paul Allen of Microsoft fame
| left the Redmond company, even though it was on track to become an 
| extremely valuable stock. Considering Microsoft's track record and behavior 
| over the years, this should not be surprising, but if true it is beyond 
| pall!
| [...]
| There are hundreds of Microsoft millionaires (and even a few
| Microsoft billionaires) in the suburbs of Seattle. [Roy: there used to be a 
| blurb here about their retirement and guilt, due to ethics]
| [...] 
| During one of those last long nights working to deliver DOS 2.0 in
| early 1983, I am told that Paul Allen heard Gates and Ballmer discussing
| his health and talking about how to get his Microsoft shares back if
| Allen were to die.
| Maybe that's just the sort of fiduciary discussion board members have to
| have, but it didn?t go over well with Paul Allen, who never returned to
| Microsoft, and over the next eight years, made huge efforts to secure
| his wealth from the fate of Microsoft.


How Microsoft dealt with GPLv3

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| It appears that the standard operating procedure for Microsoft will be to 
| send open sourced partners into the GPLv3 car park. 


Novell and open source's long memory

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| If Novell's Linux business continues to grow, and it does this without the 
| crutch of Microsoft, people will forgive and forget...slowly. In the 
| meantime, Novell can't pretend that it's loved by the open-source community. 
| The Microsoft deal did far too much damage to its credibility to expect that.   


Open source doesn’t forget

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| My recent Novell post got some private push-back from a Novell spokesman who 
| insisted that I was being harsh. 
| [...]
| I suspect many marketers, public relations experts and even executives 
| entering open source for the first time don’t understand this point. They 
| want to be judged on what they say today, and only today.  
| Sorry, folks. New rule. Open source doesn’t forget.


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