Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Feb 2010 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source The world is slowly and surely going crazy. I'm sure of it now. The US copyright lobby has officially gone totally and utterly nuts. Get this: they are trying to lobby the US government to equate encouraging the use of Free and open source software to undermining intellectual property rights, and to weakening the software industry. I wish I was making this stuff up.
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Absurd
by wigginz on Wed 24th Feb 2010 22:50 UTC
wigginz
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2006-03-03

Just look at how many startups and new technologies are actually feasible with open source software. FOSS lowers the entry threshold for so many smaller companies. IPR today isn't as valuable as it was decades ago, business doesn't need to own IPR to generate revenue anymore.

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RE: Absurd
by boblowski on Wed 24th Feb 2010 23:42 in reply to "Absurd"
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2007-07-23

Just look at how many startups and new technologies are actually feasible with open source software. FOSS lowers the entry threshold for so many smaller companies.

And there you've found exactly the reason why a lobby of big companies is using copyright as a cynical stick to defend it's turf. Innovation is a chance for those having little to lose, but a risk for those having everything to lose.

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RE: Absurd
by Soulbender on Thu 25th Feb 2010 04:54 in reply to "Absurd"
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2005-08-18

Dude, you're missing the point. Those small companies are both small and quite frequently not from the U.S. Where would we be if every country had their own successful software industry and didn't buy from U.S companies?

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RE[2]: Absurd
by ozonehole on Thu 25th Feb 2010 05:22 in reply to "RE: Absurd"
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2006-01-07

Soulbender said:

Those small companies are both small and quite frequently not from the U.S. Where would we be if every country had their own successful software industry and didn't buy from U.S companies?

Where would we be? In my case, I be in Taiwan, and would love it if there was a successful FOSS software industry here to feed local demand. It would be great for our economy. Rather than paying billion$ in royalties to Microsoft, we could be employing young Taiwanese fresh out of university.

Unfortunately, it hasn't happened. Microsoft has a stranglehold on this country, like they do in most of the world. To most Taiwanese, "free software" means pirated copies of Windows XP and MS Office.

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RE[2]: Absurd
by phoenix on Thu 25th Feb 2010 05:38 in reply to "RE: Absurd"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

A hell of a lot better off?

;)

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