Eventually, enough rich and powerful people/companies will become sufficiently inconvenienced or annoyed at the archaic intellectual property laws under which we now live that change will happen. Or am I being totally naive?
A few current stories relevant to this issue:
“As Chicago wages its battle to host the 2016 Olympics, it also finds itself scrapping over a valuable piece of cyberspace: the domain name of Chicago2016.com. The bid team along with the U.S. Olympic Committee are trying to wrest that online address from Stephen Frayne Jr., a 29-year-old MBA student. Frayne snagged it back in 2004, about two years before the bid was launched. … ‘We certainly see Chicago2016.com as the logical default domain for our site, and we believe having someone else control it is misleading for people seeking information about Chicago’s bid,’ said Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for Chicago 2016, a moniker protected by trademark.”
Also from Slashdot, from the “You mean this is not already true?” department:
“Since its release, the OpenGL code that is responsible for 3-D acceleration on GNU/Linux has been running on licenses that were accepted by neither the Free Software Foundation (FSF) nor the Open Source Initiative. Today, however, the FSF has announced that the licenses in question have been rewritten, the problems resolved, and the code freed. Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF, says, ‘This represents a huge gift to the free software community.'”
OK, from the “we might as well just stick with the slashdot theme” department, here are more items from slashdot:
Apple Shenanigans Look Microsofty to Me:
“Apple appears to be taking ideas from commercial software already being sold and is attempting to patent the concepts as their own. According to Apple Insider, Apple has recently filed a patent application for a notification screen on the iPhone. The only problem with this is that Intellisync has been using this concept in their popular iPhone notification screen software for over a year now, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this is a clear rip-off. Apple recently became famous (or infamous) for stealing other people’s ideas when they rolled out their Dashboard in Mac OS X, which had many similarities to a desktop widget program named the Konfabulator, which later became Yahoo widgets. The case here isn’t a simple hijacking of an idea, however — Apple is applying for a patent on Intelliscreen’s concept, which could be detrimental to the original manufacturer of the software, who is actively selling it for Jailbroken iPhones”
That is all.