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Comment Re:"Because we say so" (Score 2, Informative) 169

I think you've got the law right, but I don't think that'll help prove fair use here.

Taking an article that is used to generate advertising revenue and reposting it somewhere that the author will not receive any revenue from goes firmly against the "commercial value of the original work" prong of the fair use defense.

Consider the equivalent: let's say I run a "non-profit" website, hypothetically just a blog where I generate no income, and I repeatedly copy articles from behind the NY Times paywall onto my site. That's copyright infringement and is substantially depriving the NY Times of their income for the articles. I believe I would lose a fair use defense there. I think the situation is the same if I copied NY Times articles that were not behind the paywall because they would be able to show that they were losing ad revenue.

Comment "Other minor changes"? (Score 4, Funny) 212

The OP's priorities seem a little odd.

The big update of iOS 4.x is multitasking. Its far from being a "minor" update.

And since AirPlay requires the purchase of an additional device, I doubt its a high priority to the majority of ipad users.


Submission + - Five Things Every Software Developer Should Know (saperlaw.com)

BBrown writes: Saper Law Offices, the same Chicago law firm that has been mentioned here twice before for their successes against the RIAA, has posted a blog article on the legal issues surrounding software development. The article, titled "Five Things Every Software Developer Should Know", gives a concise but informative legal tutorial on patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Definitely a must-read for anybody involved in a small or personal business doing software development.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?