Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Aug 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by Morgan
Legal And we have another contender for the stupidest technology-related lawsuit of 2011. Do you remember RealNetworks? The scourge of '90s web users? Lucky for us, their horrible media player is no longer a requirement on the web. Also lucky, for those of us who occasionally run into content encoded in any of Real's codecs, there's Real Alternative (download here). Well, apparently, RealNetworks is not happy with Real Alternative (download here), as the US company has completely destroyed the life of the Dutch maintainer of a website who dared to link to Real Alternative (download here).
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Simply believing that a given legal regime is working or is a social benefit does not constitute "blind faith in law." Believing that a given legal regime is a good thing because it was arbitrarily already the law would be, but that's not what he said; he believes copyright protections are a good thing because of the effect they have.

I share your frustration with the flaws in copyright law, but I believe in rule of law as a public good, and I think the system we have works more than it doesn't.

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