Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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RE: "the dangers of closed source"
by ricegf on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 11:34 UTC in reply to ""the dangers of closed source""
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

I believe that was the point of copyright (at least in the USA per our constitution) - you receive exclusive distribution control of your work for "limited times", then everybody can reuse your work for free.

Only it was corrupted with software, as the feds granted copyright on code but still allowed that code to be kept as a trade secret - and even outlawed reverse engineering that code from what was being distributed under copyright protection!

Of course, they also defined "limited times" as a couple of human lifetimes - but don't get me started on that!

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It was corrupted even earlier.
I mean, for text, the work itself is essentially its source code ...but it's already not really so with music or films, too. With those, that would be the multi-track version, before final output; and the highest-quality video, pre-mix audio, also models & textures and so on for 3D animations.

Sometimes I do think the condition for copyright should be placing the "code" of the work in some escrow system, to be made publicly available when the copyright lapses (or even when copyright holders show disinterest? Like with abandonware, or even music and films that aren't kept available for some long enough time).

As it stands, all different kinds of media are forced into a system designed for writers - even when (if?) they'll get into PD, they can't be mixed nearly so easily as text.

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