they are grasping for straws trying to make their outdated illogical business models seem relevant; it looks like they started accusing those who find alternatives like the ridiculous IIPA (of which the RIAA is a member) section 301 filing to scrutinize the countries that make use open source software, they aren't just after those who 'pirate' their stuff but also those who aren't interested in what they offer and reject them as artificial gatekeepers.
with the current buzz-phrase being "the cloud" and everything moving there, Apple seems to move the iTunes consumption there and with the GOOG's massive cloud services and infrastructure and the way it's integrated with out daily lifes and will surly become even more integrated and dominate.
Mozilla CEO said at their mobile browser launch that he expects in 3 years 80% of apps will be internet apps, MSFT will launch their azure platform early next year this talk about traffic caps specially 5GB caps doesn't seem realistic.
SQL query code isn't actual code it doesn't create anything it just away to interact with the database, so copyrighting an SQL query is the GUI equivalent of copyrighting the way you drag-and-drop, it's ridiculous.
it's not about supporting piracy it's about IP and copyright laws actually taking precedent to our own legal rights including freedom of expression and privacy.
we should start a political party, i would suggest to start lobbying and fight fire with fire but we can't; as basic human rights aren't supported by billion dollar industries.
i was frustrated reading that article last night as it is almost dismissive of open source software calling it "a populist movement among developers and hobbyists" ignoring the fact that the internet is built on open source and open standards and the fact that open source is incredibly beneficial to businesses as it greatly cuts costs and in this economy that is a blessing, huge corporations like Google depend on open source and inject huge amount of code into open source projects and communities, as for myself i'm a LAMP developer open source is my job, i learned it through documentation and experimenting with freely available software and code which was and is a great contribution by some of the great minds out there and i owe my lively hood to open source and belive in everything it represents, i use it and i contirbute to it as many big bussnisess and corporations do.
that article infuriated me and i'd like to thank you Mike for bringing it up here.
a couple of day back the Microsoft share holders were asking tough questions about MSFT losing ground in the "hip college" market to apple and this attack on the internet openness certainly won't add to their popularity among college folks besides there will be news on Google so no loss there also Microsoft here is giving the power to content provider which isn't natural and is going to come back and bite them
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