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Comment: Re:Speaking of Prohibition (Score 1) 243

by vyruss000 (#32910124) Attached to: Don't Stop File-Sharing, Says Former Pink Floyd Manager

Yes, finally, Let There Be More Light shed into the shady practices of the RIAA, etc. We should uncover their Saucerful of Secrets. They can no longer act as a Scarecrow against filesharing. We must be Fearless and not let our vision of the future be Obscured By Clouds.

Also, Brain Damage Dogs Summer '68 !!11

Books

Copyright Industries Oppose Treaty For the Blind 135

Posted by kdawson
from the see-it-my-way dept.
langelgjm sends in a piece from Wired, which details the background of a proposed treaty to allow cross-border sharing of books for the blind — a treaty which is opposed by an almost unified front of business interests in the US, with the exception of Google. "A broad swath of American enterprise ranging from major software makers to motion picture and music companies are joining forces to oppose a new international treaty that would make books more accessible to the blind. With the exception of Google, almost every major industry player has expressed disapproval of the treaty, which would allow cross-border sharing of digitized books accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Google's chief copyright counsel believes the industry-wide opposition is mainly due to 'opposition to a larger agenda of limitations and exceptions... We believe this is an unproductive approach to solving what is a discrete, long-standing problem that affects a group that needs and deserves the protections of the international community.'"
Microsoft

Microsoft Releases Linux Device Drivers As GPL 362

Posted by timothy
from the could-easily-be-world's-largest-open-source-distributor dept.
mjasay writes "Microsoft used to call the GPL 'anti-American.' Now, as Microsoft releases Hyper-V Linux Integration Components (LinuxIC) under the GPL (version 2), apparently Microsoft calls the GPL 'ally.' Of course, there was little chance the device drivers would be accepted into the Linux kernel base unless open source, but the news suggests a shift for Microsoft. It also reflects Microsoft's continued interest in undermining its virtualization competition through low prices, and may suggests concern that it must open up if it wants to fend off insurgent virtualization strategies from Red Hat (KVM), Novell (XEN), and others in the open-source camp. Microsoft said the move demonstrates its interest in using open source in three key areas: 1) Make its software development processes more efficient, 2) product evangelism, and 3) using open source to reduce marketing and sales costs or to try out new features that highlight parts of the platform customers haven't seen before."

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