How smart is it to be chased by cops and then stop your car and run, jump a fence hoping you won’t get caught? Duh, not the brightest person on the block, especially since the fence he climbed over was the fence around the state prison for women!
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Excuse me while I quote Cory Doctorow from his blog.
“The number of Americans targeted by entertainment industry lawsuits nearly doubled this month, as the the US Copyright Group (“an ad hoc coalition of independent film producers and with the encouragement of the Independent Film & Television Alliance”) brought suit against 20,000 BitTorrent users. 30,000 more lawsuits are pending, bringing the total number of US entertainment industry lawsuit defendants up to 80,000 (when you include the 30,000 victims of the RIAA).”
It seems to me that they enjoy picking on the average citizen because we don’t have deep pockets to fight them in court. Why can’t they learn from other industries and innovate. I want to find out what producers are in the US Copyright Group so I make sure I do not view, rent, or support them in any way.
Keep up the good work Cory and keep us posted on the shenanigans.
Click here to read his complete post.
New Zealand lawmakers see the light and finally realize the software should not be patentable. They understand that all software is built on other software or hardware and therefore should not be patented. You can always copyright software so patents are not necessary.
Quotes from the Commerce Select Committee of New Zealand.
“Open source, or free, software has grown in popularity since the 1980s. Protecting software by patenting it is inconsistent with the open source model and its proponents oppose it. A number of submitters argue that there is no ‘inventive step’ in software development, as ‘new’ software inevitably builds on existing software.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if the US Patent office would agree.