Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Nov 2011 14:18 UTC
Legal The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, is kind of on a roll lately. We already discussed how they outlawed generic ISP-side internet filters, and now, in an opinion (so it's not a ruling just yet), Yves Bot, an advocate-general at the Court, has stated that functions provided by computer programs, as well as the programming languages they're written in, do not receive copyright protection. The opinion is very well-written, and relatively easy to read and grasp. Note: Brilliant quote from a comment over at Hacker News: "Copyright makes you write your own code. Patents prevent you from writing your own code."
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RE[7]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 30th Nov 2011 13:54 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by ilovebeer"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

If the original producer doesn't get a reward for product, eventually that will drive the gifted programmer/producer away to do something completely different (no milk!).


So? Who gives a flying fcuk? This happens all the time. Blacksmiths are virtually gone. The horse business has collapsed completely (compared to the pre-car era). The oil industry will eventually collapse. Coal mines have been shut down in The Netherlands in the '60s due to progress in other fields. And so on.

This is called progress. Deal with it. If a new technology makes your business model unsustainable - find new business models. Or are you in favour of taxing cars that do not run on fossil fuels just to protect the oil industry?

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RE[8]: Comment by ilovebeer
by microbe on Wed 30th Nov 2011 14:09 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by ilovebeer"
microbe Member since:
2011-11-30

So? Who gives a flying fcuk? This happens all the time. Blacksmiths are virtually gone. The horse business has collapsed completely (compared to the pre-car era). The oil industry will eventually collapse. Coal mines have been shut down in The Netherlands in the '60s due to progress in other fields. And so on.
This is called progress. Deal with it.


It also means no more Gilmore Girls.

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RE[9]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 30th Nov 2011 14:13 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by ilovebeer"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It also means no more Gilmore Girls.


Stop with these nonsensical sweeping statements. Despite all this downloading, the entertainment industry is still producing TV shows a million times more expensive than GG. Heck, GG has a spiritual successor in Parenthood, and it's doing just fine on TV.

And even if it did mean no more shows like GG - well, too bad. That's the way life goes. Something else will come up to replace it and fill the void.

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