Jeff ‘Bison Slayer’ Hawn Forgets OpenSUSE

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 6:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Hairy cow

Summary: Novell’s new head speaks to Novell customers and characteristically neglects OpenSUSE, which unlike SLE* can be modified easily

Novell will soon be known as AttachMSFT [sic], following the acquisition which will have assets passed and perhaps rebranded. Jeff 'bison slayer' Hawn will replace Ron Hovsepian, who looted Novell while putting it on sale (he got around $20 million or more for his job, all while sacking employees). Novell’s new leader, an already-notorious bison slayer (he killed many innocent animals with firearms) has published this open letter where OpenSUSE is not mentioned even once, despite promises which were made beforehand in order to calm the community down.

Attachmate is committed to delivering quality products, providing exceptional customer service, and being easy to do business with. We are excited about the opportunity to make these same commitments to Novell customers after closing. To ensure that we do so, Attachmate will support the existing roadmaps and release schedules for products across the Novell and SUSE portfolios.

It says nothing about OpenSUSE, which could be an early sign of what people close to SUSE choose to deny, calling it “OpenSUSE FUD”. To quote:

I am really sick and tired of people spreading FUD on the future of openSUSE and SUSE Linux in light of the Attachmate/Novell merger.

Point One – Attachmate is not Oracle and openSUSE is not OpenSolaris.
Point Two – Jeff Hawn, CEO of Attachmate has already said that SUSE and openSUSE are important components of the merger and will remain.
Point Three – Goto Point One

The SD Times compares Sun to Novell (typical comparison) and “Oracle’s Solaris take-over” is aligned with “SUSE angst” in this other new article that says:

2: SUSE Linux users nervous as Novell explores options
In late May, Novell Inc., apparently put itself on the block two months after an unsolicited — and unwelcome — $2 billion buyout bit by Elliott Partners. The company, which made its name on NetWare, joined the Linux fray with its purchase of SUSE. Novell SUSE Linux struggled against Red Hat Linux in big accounts, but retained a devoted base of users who now worried about what Novell’s plans meant for their favorite Linux distribution.

The OpenSUSE volunteers keep releasing news even though there is next to none except for technical posts and the occasional old news from Novell staff like Jos Poortvliet. He goes back to writing about the OpenSUSE conference:

At the openSUSE conference almost two months ago a special Educational track on Saturday featured talks about the progress on openSUSE Edu-L.i.f.e, the applications it ships and many other educational topics. The goal of the openSUSE Edu team is to cater for students, educators as well as parents and the software they develop, package and ship has everything required to make computers productive for either home or school usage.

Regarding a story which we mentioned some days ago Sam Dean writes: [via LWN]

We’ve covered Novell’s SUSE Appliance Program, which encompasses SUSE Studio before, and now the “roll-your-own-Linux” efforts behind the program are coming to fruition. Novell has announced the winners of its first annual ‘Dister’ awards, which celebrate “innovators and inventors” who use SUSE Studio to build creative SUSE Linux-based software offerings. Novell is handing out two $10,000 grand prizes to two companies: Radical Breeze and Anderware. Here is what they built, and how open source-focused incentive programs like this can really succeed.

This is not exactly OpenSUSE and that’s what Novell is willing to speak about in press releases. There is still no long-term commitment to OpenSUSE, which gives reason to fork and escape the trademark now owned by AttachMSFT [sic], not to mention that it’s tainted by the patent deal (expires within a year). The light green is not trademarked, so the escape route seems approachable.

Floral design

Wayne Borean: Mono Should Come With “Danger – Microsoft Inside” Label

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Patents at 5:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Stop button

Summary: Further explanations about the dangerous nature of Mono and Microsoft’s relationship with GNU/Linux

THERE IS abundant evidence that Mono is a Microsoft Trojan and more recently it was also co-developed directly by Microsoft, which removed doubts about it being beneficial to Microsoft rather than a competitive risk to the patent bully which breaks the law routinely and changes the law to illegalise the competition. Dana Blankenhorn wrote about Microsoft and Wikileaks at the end of last month, stating:

But what about big business lies, like the one about Microsoft caring about Linux and open source on behalf of customers (as opposed to profit)? We know it’s not true.

Whether we think it acts defensively regarding Linux (as I do) or offensively (as some talkbacks will say below) everyone knows Linux is a threat to Microsoft and that the company has to respond.

People who say that Microsoft can be a friend of Linux sometimes turn out to be former Microsoft employees, people whose work complements Microsoft’s, or people who couldn’t care less about GNU/Linux and just want to be portrayed as peacemakers. “People. Can’t Live With Them. Can’t Shoot Them. ARGH!” That’s the title of Wayne Borean’s latest blog post which accompanies this fairly well-researched article on Mono and why it is wrong to promote it as some people do.

Mono, the Open Source implementation of Microsoft’s .NET programming environment (the Common Language Infrastructure) , has probably caused more page views, than any other programming environment. Ever.

There’s a variety of issues people have had with Mono, but almost everyone has missed the main point.
Who In Their Right Mind Would Want Microsoft Technology On Their Linux Operating System Computer?

Stop. Think. Why do most people dump Windows for Linux? Is it because:

1) They are true believers in software freedom?

2) They think that a Unix style operating system is superior?

3) Because they think that Windows is a total piece of crap?

Most people will pick number 3. That’s why I switched. That’s why I absolutely refuse to help out friends who run Windows anymore. If they want to run Windows after I’ve warned them about the issues (virii, security holes, etc.) then as far as I’m concerned they can take the computer to Geek squad. I refuse to fix it.

When I switched to Ubuntu, I was ecstatic that I wouldn’t have to put up with Microsoft, ever again.

And then I got a total shock. I found out that some idiot (this is my feelings at the time) had decided to import Microsoft technology into Linux. I was furious.

Just think. I’d done a lot of work getting my laptop running fully with Ubuntu 7.04, the biggest problem being the Broadcom wireless card, all to escape from Microsoft. And about a year after I’d made the switch, I find out that I haven’t escaped from Microsoft after all, because some idiot had decided it would be a nice idea to if programmers used to working with Microsoft C# had the same thing available to them on Linux.

We already know from a Microsoft employee that Microsoft encourages its TEs (paid AstroTurfers) “to stay away from supporting Mono in public [because] they [Microsoft] reserve the right to sue” and Microsoft confirmed this last year when it put legal boundaries started suing companies for using Linux (or Microsoft APIs in Linux, e.g. FAT). We will soon show new evidence that Microsoft intends to litigate with patents even more in the near futuere. Mono gives them many convenient targets.

Links 19/12/2010: Alien Arena 2011, Trisquel 4.5

Posted in News Roundup at 5:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish



  • Realtek gigabit network performance in Linux sucks

    Recently I have been doing a lot of network file transfers between a few PCs but the very slow transfer speed of a 100Mbps connection has been making things too time consuming.

  • Bank of America Rep Responds To No Linux Support

    In a nutshell, it is asking BOA online banking users to agree that they are using specific hardware and software to do said banking. As you can see in the graphic above, Linux users are not included.

    Go figure…

  • Desktop

    • Linux in a University Workshop

      Interestingly enough, the teachers who initially had problems locating Microsoft Word on Windows XP had no problem finding and using OpenOffice Writer.

  • Google

  • Ballnux

  • Kernel Space

    • How To Compile The Kernel In Ubuntu, The Easy Way [Video]

      So you want to compile and maybe even apply a patch to the kernel but you’ve always thought that’s too difficult? Well, it isn’t, thanks to KernelCheck, a program that automatically compiles and installs the latest Kernel for Debian based Linux distributions (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, etc.).

    • [ANNOUNCE] Linux
    • Graphics Stack

      • new x.org multitouch patchset posted

        So, I’ve been working on multitouch on and off the past few months (which have included a solid ten weeks of holiday), but have finally posted the third patch series, which I think should be pretty close to final, to the list today.

      • VIA Fails With KMS/3D, But Has Yet Another X Driver

        One year ago VIA came out with their Linux TODO list, which was disappointing. This list had a VIA TTM/GEM memory manager module for Q2’2010, a kernel mode-setting driver in the works for H2’2010, and a Gallium3D driver in-development for Q4’2010. Even meeting this TODO list would be bad as the support most Linux customers are after (3D and KMS to a lesser extent) would not be arriving until three years after VIA announced this newest Linux strategy. But, VIA has failed miserably in accomplishing any of these mile-stones for KMS and open-source 3D acceleration support. Though resulting in VIA’s Linux community being fragmented even more, new VIA X.Org (DDX) drivers seem to keep popping up. If there wasn’t already enough of these not-fully-working and rarely-touched open-source drivers, another VIA Chrome X.Org driver has been started recently that’s a fork of another open-source VIA driver.

  • Applications

  • Distributions

    • My Five Favorite Not-Usual Linux Distros

      Yes, “my bestest distros!” is a overworked topic, but it’s fun and Ubuntu is not on this list.

    • Red Hat Family

    • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • Ubuntu’s Natty release

          It’s still a few months off but the next release of Ubuntu Linux could be an important one

          New versions of Ubuntu Linux are released every six months and most of these are incremental steps forward as Ubuntu tries to evolve into a mainstream desktop operating system. Some have been more exciting than others but on the whole these six-monthly releases are more evolutionary than revolutionary.

        • 2010 was the year of Ubuntu, but can it last?

          A prediction in 2009 that Ubuntu usage was going to grow in the face of Red Hat’s Linux operating system dominance could easily have been laughed off. Yet that’s exactly what Ubuntu has been able to pull off, thanks in part to developers and growing adoption of cloud computing.


          According to the 2010 Eclipse survey, Ubuntu usage on the developer desktop had increased to 18.3 percent, from 14.5 percent in 2009. Additionally, Ubuntu usage on deployment servers at 12.6 percent usage narrowly beat out Red Hat’s 12.5 percent usage.

        • Why I run Ubuntu and not something else

          At the end of the day, it’s all about choice. These are my choices, and my opinions. If you think that OSX or Windows7 works better than Ubuntu for a set of functionality that you find essential, then by all means, as a supporter or Freedom I think there is nothing more important than you being able to make the decision to run whatever you want to run. I may be quite incredulous and lack complete understanding that you could feel that way – but go for it.

          As for me, I am a Free Software Hacker, I run Ubuntu, and I have no motivation or intention to run anything different.

        • CADuntu (2D CAD Drawing Tool) Becomes LibreCAD, Gets Ubuntu PPA

          CADuntu is a 2D CAD drawing tool based on the community edition of QCad ported to Qt4 and works natively on OSX, Windows and Linux.

          Starting today, CADuntu has a new name: LibreCAD and it can easily be installed in Ubuntu, getting a PPA for Lucid, Maverick and Natty. Even though LibreCAD is quite new (and still in beta), it is already available in several languages and gives a real GPL solution to read/modify/create CAD files.

        • Flavours and Variants

          • Jolicloud 1.1 – Very good, but impolite

            Let’s wrap it up. First of, Jolicloud 1.1 is an improvement over the previous version in pretty much every single aspect, from hardware support and performance via good looks and style to a smoother, more polished overall experience. No crazy bugs, no errors, good support for pretty much anything you need to do.

            Second of, a few negative points: too much social stuff and non-intuitive navigation through menus, the curse of the cloud usage model. If these can be fixed somehow, Jolicloud would probably be the most mature netbook distro out there. Compared to the competition, it seems smarter than MeeGo and Chrome OS, but it’s still one step behind Ubuntu Netbook Remix, the 10.04 working edition, not the toy Unity-flavored Maverick.


            I think it deserves 7/10. Very good product, recommended, just ignore the useless social follow me follow you stuff and whatnot. Go out with your friends to a pub, it’s more interesting.

          • Trisquel 4.5 development release, crowd funding and holiday presents

            After the very successful release of our latest LTS edition -more than 17.000 direct downloads so far!- we are already working on the next one. Trisquel 4.5 STS Slaine will be based on Ubuntu 10.10, and the first beta images -installable live CD- are ready for download. You can follow the development in the wiki.

  • Devices/Embedded

Free Software/Open Source

  • Fixing the Web with the help of the open source community

    Steve Lee from Full Measure brokered an introduction – as part of his OSS Watch support activities provided to ATBar – to the folks at Southampton University who are developing the ATbar (formerly funded by TechDis). The development team of Sebastian Skuse, Dr Mike Wald and E A Draffan from the Learning Societies Lab at Southampton, have collaborated with Fix the Web to create a special Fix the Web button on the toolbar, not only making the reporting process as fast as possible, but also opening up the project to the 2 million current users of the toolbar.

  • Announcing apache-extras.org

    The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has had a profound influence on everything I’ve worked on over the last decade, and a new partnership with them is a great opportunity for saying “thanks” and giving back. Today we’re announcing the launch of apache-extras.org. Much like our launch of eclipselabs.org earlier this year, we’re creating a separate instance of Project Hosting specifically for ASF-related projects to congregate around.

  • Open Source Adds Functionality and Saves Money [PDF]
  • Events

    • Open Source Think Tank 2011

      Olliance Group is organizing the 6th Annual Spring Edition of the Open Source Think Tank, that will be held April 7–9, 2011 in Sonoma, CA at the Sonoma Mission Inn.

  • Web Browsers

  • Oracle

  • Healthcare

    • Health-reform advocates have little to fear from judge’s ruling

      U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee (and part-owner of a Republican campaign-consulting firm that fought the health-care overhaul legislation), has, as expected, ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional. So why are reform advocates so unexpectedly pleased?

      There are two reasons, but first, let’s put this into context. Hudson’s ruling is the third from a district court so far. Previously, Judge Norman Moon found the mandate constitutional, and so did Judge George Steeh. Steeh and Norman were Clinton appointees, which is to say that the rulings have been proceeding along predictably partisan lines.

  • BSD

    • Developer defends claims of backdoors in OpenBSD

      The former OpenBSD developer who has caused a stir by claiming that the FBI had, through certain other OpenBSD developers, planted backdoors in its cryptographic code, says he raised the matter only to encourage a source code audit of the OpenBSD project.

  • Project Releases

    • XBMC 10.0 Officially Released

      Just as expected, XBMC 10.0 “Dharma” has been officially released. New features of XBMC 10 include a unified add-on framework and a lot of features related to this work for providing new functionality, initial gesture support for the XBMC GUI Engine, improved mouse support, Broadcom Crystal HD decoding support, native support for unencrypted Blu-ray playback, support for Google WebM, and so much more.

  • Licensing

    • Gnu Juris Penguinus

      Lawyers are probably the last to know this, but there is a parallel universe of computer technology out there, a universe that, so far, has had little intersection with the law. Free and Open Source Software — or FOSS – the stuff that runs much of the Web, the Internet, growing segments of telecommunications, commerce and the military — is a type of computer code that is both “free” in the monetary sense and “free” in the sense of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Although only a tiny percentage of personal computers run Free and Open Source Software in the U.S., it has already taken root in legal systems in Asia, Europe and South America.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Wonderful news from the OpenVizsla project

      Last month, I blogged about OpenVizsla, a Kickstarter project aimed at raising funds to create an open, hackable USB protocol sniffer (a great boon to reverse engineers trying to write libraries for proprietary music players, cameras, game peripherals, etc).

    • Open Access/Content

      • Should I publish Open Access?

        We are in a prisoner’s dilemma. It’s clear that universal Open Access is superior for humanity in general (except for shareholders of some companies who will start to miss out). But there is no easy smooth path there. Change puts greater financial pressure on all players.

  • Programming

    • On Why Open Source Developers Run Mac OS X

      This is all just food for thought, not a judgement against any form of desktop or usage pattern. For reference, I am still running Ubuntu on my desktop, and being wildly unproductive on the tasks I want to finish.

  • Standards/Consortia

    • A Call to Support a New Public-Private Partnership In U.S. Standards Development

      On December 8, the U.S. National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) issued a public Request for Information on behalf of the recently formed Sub-Committee on Standards of the National Council of Research and Technology. The titular goal of the RFI is to assist the Sub-Committee in assessing the “Effectiveness of Federal Agency Participation in Standardization in Select Technology Sectors.” Although the publication of the RFI gave rise to not a single article in the press, this event was none the less extremely consequential.

      Why consequential? To begin with, one could count on one hand the occasions upon which the federal government has undertaken an assessment of the efficacy of the ill-defined public-private partnership that constitutes the U.S. standards development infrastructure. And yet, since the passage of the Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995, the government has by law put almost all of its standards-related eggs in that single basket.

    • Google explores the human body with HTML5

      Google showed off the app at the WebGL Camp. WebGL is a cross-platform low-level 3D graphics API that is designed to bring plugin-free 3D to the web. It uses the HTML5 Canvas element and does not require Flash, Java or other graphical plugins to run.


  • Google Gets $10M from Jordan – Why You Should Care? Why Google Investing in Jordan is Big

    Google has recently landed a USD $10 million investment from the Jordanian government in online advertisement & training to be spent over the next 3 years to advertise and promote Jordan as a destination for tourists and investors.

    The deal also holds in it folds a reciprocal investment on Google’s part, where the search giant plans on investing at least %25 of that amount back into the local Jordanian tech scene.

  • Yahoo Just Killed… Consumer Confidence In Them

    It has been fairly amazing to watch this Yahoo “sunsetting” news over the past 48 hours. It seemed to go from a bad leak, to huge backlash, to PR disaster, to confusion, to worse PR disaster. Now Yahoo, by way of Delicious (the most prominent service being “sunset”), has responded by lashing out at all the press for the coverage of the fiasco. Danny Sullivan just did a great job of ripping them a new one for this nonsense misdirection. But the issue actually goes much deeper.

  • 7 Flickr alternatives, just in case…
  • 6 Solid Alternatives to Delicious 6 Solid Alternatives to Delicious

    1. Google Bookmarks is one of the most popular bookmarking tools that is incredibly easy to use. It lets you sort by date and title and organize your bookmarks into lists.

    2. Pinboard.in, while not free like the others ($6.98) is one of the most popular bookmarking sites out there, in which users are guaranteed to never lose their data.

    3. Diigo is better known as “social bookmarking 2.0″ because it’s both a collaborative research tool and a knowledge-sharing community and social content site.

  • Student who conned his way into Harvard says sorry

    In the end, Adam Wheeler, a 24-year-old who conned his way into Harvard and benefited from more than $40,000 (£26,000) in grants and prizes, flew too close to the sun. Not content with having bragged his way into one of the world’s most prestigious universities, he felt driven to apply – equally fraudulently – for Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

  • The Authoritarians [Old]

    This book was written in 2006, halfway through George W. Bush’s second term as president. A great deal was wrong with America then, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it. Since then a new administration has been elected, and although it has had to deal with a very serious economic crisis brought on by others, it is taking steps to correct some of what is wrong.

    However, the forces that largely caused the problems have remained on the scene, and are more active today than ever before. As I try to show in the “Comment on the Tea Party Movement” (link to the left), the research findings in this book apply at least as strongly to America today as they did four years ago. Indeed, the events of 2009 and 2010 have confirmed conclusion after conclusion in The Authoritarians. I wrote in 2006 that the authoritarians in America were not going to go away if they lost the 2008 election, that they would be infuriated if a new president tried to carry out his mandate. That has certainly been the case.

  • World’s Most Litigious Man Suing Guinness Book of World Records?

    Jonathan Lee Riches’ rambling lawsuit against the record-holding institution and several others is just the latest in his growing stash of outrageous court filings against everyone from New England Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick to Martha Stewart.

  • Murphy Report reveals Vatican protected sex abuser

    The Vatican wanted an Irish priest to serve 10 years in a monastery for abusing children rather than force him out of the Catholic Church, a report has revealed.

  • Is your operating system a girl?

    The urge to anthropomorphise our computers and software can be irresistible, especially when systems run slow, or are difficult to manage.

    The operating system on a computer, say Microsoft Windows XP or Linux, is the interface you look at every day.

  • Science

    • Solstice Lunar Eclipse

      The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth’s shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the “bite” to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.

    • Let’s see the 2010 winter solstice lunar eclipse!
    • Ukraine Plans to Open Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Site to Tourism Next Year

      If the typical beach vacation – the one where you spend several days on the beach reading bad fiction and soaking up sun – has lost its allure, the Ukraine would like to make a suggestion: come soak up radiation and some real human drama at Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history. Starting in 2011, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site and the surrounding “exclusion zone” will be opened to tourists for the first time since the plant’s reactor No. 4 exploded on April 26, 1986, blanketing the area in radiation.

  • Health/Nutrition

  • Defence/Police/Aggression

    • Italian opposition asks: Who led Rome riots?

      Yesterday, groups of masked and hooded demonstrators rampaged through the capital attacking police, smashing windows, setting fire to vehicles and throwing up barricades.


      One of the participants in this week’s rioting was photographed hurling a dustbin at members of the revenue guard and wielding a long shovel. But in other shots, he appears to be standing with the guards raising a truncheon in one hand and holding a pair of handcuffs in the other.

    • US Government Talks The Talk On Privacy & Civil Liberties, But Isn’t Walking The Walk

      The federal government very often seems to say one thing when it comes to privacy and civil liberties, while doing exactly the opposite. The Commerce Department has come out with a new report calling for a Privacy Policy Office that will look at commercial use of personal information, to make sure that privacy is protected. At the same time, President Obama has nominated Jim Dempsey to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which is supposed to “review the civil liberties impact of anti-terrorism policies and programs.” There are few people who I think would be better for the job. For a while now, Dempsey has been president for public policy of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a group that has fought, quite strongly, for civil liberties in the technology arena. Apparently, President Bush also nominated Dempsey for the same board… but the Senate never bothered to confirm him (or anyone that Bush nominated for the board).

    • G20 Summit just one of 2010′s pressing legal issues

      3. The convictions and sentencing of Aqsa Parvez’s father and her brother should send a chilling message that honour killings are murder pure and simple. In a world where some parents and brothers seek to control their children and sisters as if they were mere chattels we need to send a strong message. Life sentences with no chance of parole for 18 years should show our repugnance for these killings. There’s no honour in these cowardly acts.

    • Anti-austerity protesters clash with police in Athens

      Ships remained docked at ports, hospitals were working with a skeleton staff and ministries were shut down as civil servants and private sector workers stayed away.

      There was no television or radio news as journalists were on strike.

    • G20 case studies: 400 official complaints, little satisfaction

      Geoffrey Bercarich was beaten by police. Sean Salvati was strip searched and left naked in a cell. Swathi Sekhar saw a teenager pepper sprayed so badly he was left twitching on the ground.

    • Quick Note on G20 court proceedings – officer testimony coming soon

      Yesterday I attended court at 2201 Finch to set a trial date for a client arrested on a G20 matter. These administrative appearances are occurring in courtroom #205 and are now mixed-in with regular “practice court” proceedings. There is a separate Crown present to deal with G20 proceedings from the “guns & gangs” unit. These appearances occur on Fridays. This court is presided over by a Judge. In most cases these adminstrative appearances would be presided over by a Justice of the Peace.


      This will be very interesting as it will be the first time, to my knowledge, police officers will be making statements in the public domain about their G20 experiences.

    • Rights groups ask Spain court to open probe into Bush-era ‘torture’

      The other officials named in the complaint are David Addington, former counsel to, and chief of staff for, former vice president Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith, former under secretary of defense for policy, former attorney general Alberto Gonzales and former Defense Department general counsel William Haynes.

  • Cablegate

    • Open letter to President Obama and General Attorney Holder regarding possible criminal prosecution against Julian Assange

      Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organization, would like to share with you its concern about reports that the Department of Justice is preparing a possible criminal prosecution against Julian Assange and other people who work at WikiLeaks.

      We regard the publication of classified information by WikiLeaks and five associated newspapers as a journalistic activity protected by the First Amendment. Prosecuting WikiLeaks’ founders and other people linked to the website would seriously damage media freedom in the United States and impede the work of journalists who cover sensitive subjects.

    • Join 30,000 Others: Protect the First Amendment — Don’t let them outlaw WikiLeaks!
    • WikiLeaks Supporters Rally in San Francisco

      But the original demonstration was set for noon Thursday at the Powell Street BART station — so, opting to go low-tech, MacKerel, a self-described “organizer,” stood around at the station with a sign informing all who cared to look of the change of plans.

    • San Francisco activists denounce WikiLeaks crackdown

      A small group of protesters gathered outside the British Consulate in San Francisco’s financial district Dec. 16 to speak out against the recent crackdown on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is out on bail after being imprisoned for nine days by British authorities.

    • WikiLeaks flashmob: San Francisco stands up for online free speech
    • Stars and Stripes ombudsman defends right to WikiLeaks access

      Thankfully, unlike his colleagues in the Air Force, Prendergast can still access sites like the New York Times and FP that report on the cables. Overall, the Pentagon and the State Department’s efforts to keep their employees from knowing the things that the rest of us can read in the paper every day has to be one of the most baffling responses to the WikiLeaks debacle.

    • Wikileaks/Cablegate: Guardian reports Cuba banned Michael Moore’s “Sicko” for fear of public backlash (UPDATE)

      UPDATE: Michael Moore responds here. In short, he says Sicko was not banned in Cuba, and describes the cable referenced below as “[A] stunning look at the Orwellian nature of how bureaucrats for the State spin their lies and try to recreate reality.” A spokesperson from Moore’s production company tells Boing Boing, “The online references are clear, it really did play on national Cuban TV, and it really is still playing on a Cuba website.”

    • ¡Viva WikiLeaks! SiCKO Was Not Banned in Cuba
    • Details of rape, sexual assault allegations against Wikileaks’ Assange leaked to Guardian

      The previously unpublished police documents provide “the first complete account of the allegations against the WikiLeaks founder,” and include the phrase “the worst sex ever.”

    • Lawmakers Discuss Constitutional Issues Raised by WikiLeaks

      Officials in Washington, DC and abroad have widely condemned the publishing of secret documents by the WikiLeaks website. With its latest document dispatches in November, the site initiated the simultaneous publishing of State Department confidential cables with foreign embassies in the New York Times and four European newspapers.

      Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee said in a Fox News interview that WikiLeaks should be prosecuted for violating the Espionage Act. Regarding the New York Times and other news outlets, Lieberman added “whether they have committed a crime is a matter of discussion for the justice department.”

    • Wikileaks: Barriers to possible US Assange prosecution

      The US government will face significant legal and diplomatic hurdles if it attempts to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in connection with the massive internet dump of secret US documents, legal scholars, defence lawyers and former prosecutors say.

    • Who is Behind Wikileaks?

      Progressive organizations have praised the Wikileaks endeavor. Our own website Global Research has provided extensive coverage of the Wikileaks project.

      The leaks are heralded as an immeasurable victory against corporate media censorship.

      But there is more than meets the eye.

      Even prior to the launching of the project, the mainstream media had contacted Wikileaks.

    • Fairfax got its facts wrong reporting from WikiLeaks cable

      MARK Arbib says he is disappointed with the “serious factual errors” made by Fairfax in its reporting of WikiLeaks cables that alleged he was a US informer.

      The Labor powerbroker and federal Sports Minister decided to break his silence about an article – headlined “Yank in the ranks”- which highlighted his position as a “protected” source for the US embassy after Fairfax finally posted online the cable it had used as the basis for the newspaper article.

    • Hellhole [older, regarding Wikileaks-related jailings]

      Children provide the clearest demonstration of this fact, although it was slow to be accepted. Well into the nineteen-fifties, psychologists were encouraging parents to give children less attention and affection, in order to encourage independence. Then Harry Harlow, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, produced a series of influential studies involving baby rhesus monkeys.

    • Freed on bail – but US steps up efforts to charge Assange with conspiracy

      US authorities have stepped up their efforts to prosecute Julian Assange by offering Bradley Manning, the American soldier allegedly responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of government documents, the possibility of a plea bargain if he names the Wiki-Leaks founder as a fellow conspirator.

      The development follows claims by Mr Assange’s supporters that a grand jury has been secretly empanelled in northern Virginia to consider indicting the WikiLeaks chief. But the US Justice Department has refused to comment on any grand jury activity.

    • Socrates – a man for our times [linked for the quote below]

      Socrates was, I think, a scapegoat for Athens’s disappointment. When the city was feeling strong, the quirky philosopher could be tolerated. But, overrun by its enemies, starving, and with the ideology of democracy itself in question, the Athenians took a more fundamentalist view. A confident society can ask questions of itself; when it is fragile, it fears them. Socrates’s famous aphorism “the unexamined life is not worth living” was, by the time of his trial, clearly beginning to jar.

    • Spamhaus under DDOS from AnonOps (Wikileaks.info)
    • A Typical Day for PFC Bradley Manning

      PFC Manning is currently being held in maximum custody. Since arriving at the Quantico Confinement Facility in July of 2010, he has been held under Prevention of Injury (POI) watch.

      His cell is approximately six feet wide and twelve feet in length.

      The cell has a bed, a drinking fountain, and a toilet.

      The guards at the confinement facility are professional. At no time have they tried to bully, harass, or embarrass PFC Manning. Given the nature of their job, however, they do not engage in conversation with PFC Manning.

    • Bail for Assange

      And yet none of this is as disturbing as the report, in today’s Times, that the Justice Department is trying to come up with some theory that will allow them to prosecute Assange for espionage. The idea is that he would count as what the Times calls “a conspirator in the leak” if the government could show that he had spoken to Bradley Manning, the soldier alleged to have taken the files, before everything was downloaded and gave him “a secure server” to put it on. Can someone explain how that is different from a reporter cultivating a government source—for years, maybe—and then, when he wants to hand you something, designating a certain P.O. Box or flower pot or hole in a tree for him to leave it in or under? Glenn Greenwald is right in saying that this is a really alarming theory that could be used against any number of journalists, including ones at this magazine. And, given how lax the security around the files seems to have been, it doesn’t even strike one as the most practical spot to focus on, if the Obama Administration’s aim is truly to secure secrets whose release might cause some actual harm to our national security (as opposed to embarrassment to our government, which is not at all the same thing). The Times says that Administration officials said that one rationale was that this would “make an example” of Assange. An example, exactly, of what?

  • Finance

    • A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives

      Indeed, the derivatives market today reminds some experts of the Nasdaq stock market in the 1990s. Back then, the Justice Department discovered that Nasdaq market makers were secretly colluding to protect their own profits. Following that scandal, reforms and electronic trading systems cut Nasdaq stock trading costs to 1/20th of their former level — an enormous savings for investors.

    • Goldman: We Didn’t Topple Bear Stearns

      Goldman Sachs Group Inc. told a U.S. panel examining the financial crisis that the company wasn’t responsible for toppling two Bear Stearns & Co. hedge funds in early 2007.

      In dozens of pages of documents submitted to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Goldman detailed its valuation of mortgage securities underwritten by the New York company, some of which were held in two Bear hedge funds managed by Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin.

    • Goldman Sachs admits its software manipulates economy!

      Goldman Sachs admitted that its software manipulates the economy for insider profits. European & American state aid is interlocked into the International Bank of Settlements, which is tied to World Bank, which is tied into the IMF, which is like all things: Tied into Goldman Sachs!

    • Here’s What We Now Know About Goldman’s Connection To The Fed

      Deception in the financial markets is not always costly, but it is rarely remunerative. Investors cannot afford to ignore this tendency.

      Recent disclosures from the Federal Reserve reveal that honesty was one of the earliest casualties of the 2008 financial crisis. These disclosures contain a number of juicy tidbits, like the fact that Goldman Sachs received tens of billions of dollars in direct and indirect succor from the Fed.

    • In-Depth Look – Goldman Sachs To Kick Off Financial Earnings – Bloomberg
    • SEC Subpoenas Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citi, BofA and Wells Fargo Over Foreclosures

      The SEC subpoenaed Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo last week over their processes during the early stages of securitizing home loans, Reuters reported.

      The SEC wants to know more about so-called “master servicers” – firms that specialize in administering the selection and maintenance of the huge pool of home loans that are packaged together for every mortgage-backed bond.

    • Oil rises above $88 as US dollar weakens

      Oil prices rose above $88 a barrel Friday in Asia as a weaker U.S. dollar made crude cheaper for investors with other currencies.

    • EU leaders bid farewell to euro’s horrible year

      European Union leaders capped the euro’s year of pain with renewed resolve to protect their battered common currency. But even after their seventh summit in a chaotic year, markets failed to take heed, leaving the leaders baffled. Again.

    • Leading indicators jump 1.1 percent in November

      A gauge of future economic activity rose in November, at the fastest pace since March, suggesting the economy will strengthen early next year.

    • Obama to blink first on Social Security

      The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is likely to further divide and weaken Democrats.

    • Liberal concerns delay House vote on tax-cut deal

      A liberal uprising over House procedures on Thursday was delaying a final vote on a far-reaching tax compromise brokered by the White House and Republican leaders.

    • US and China announce series of trade agreements

      The Obama administration said Wednesday that two days of talks with a high-level delegation from China produced results that should benefit U.S. companies ranging from manufacturers of computer software and wind turbines to beef producers.

    • New Interchange Proposals Debut From the Federal Reserve

      The financial sector does two things: it provides a medium of exchange for buyers and sellers (cash, checks, credit cards, money orders, etc.) and a matcher for borrowers and lenders. It is wholly appropriate that interchange fees, fees that are some of the highest in the world and increasing, be subject to regulation, as this medium of exchange function drives all the other parts of the economy. In the same way that checks are regulated by the Federal Reserve, debit cards, the 21st century equivalent of checks, should have the same regulation to encourage them to trade at par.

    • Markets slip on European debt woes despite EU deal

      World markets mostly fell Friday as a sharp downgrade of Irish debt highlighted how an EU deal to avoid future debt crises is not relieving the region’s immediate market turmoil.

    • Fancy ATM skips the folding cash, spits out gold

      Shoppers who are looking for something sparkly to put under the Christmas tree can skip the jewelry and go straight to the source: an ATM that dispenses shiny 24-carat gold bars and coins.

      A German company installed the machine Friday at an upscale mall in Boca Raton, a South Florida paradise of palm trees, pink buildings and wealthy retirees.

    • The Wall Street Tax Debate That Never Was

      This tax “reform” bill is as stunning for what it ignores as for what it proposes.

      Many people have rightly criticized the bill’s lavish tax breaks for the super-rich, especially the needless estate tax cuts that will benefit only America’s wealthiest 6,600 families. We’ve also been wringing our hands over the way this bill only worsens our hugely distorted distribution of income and wealth. Even Ben Bernanke is worried: The income gap, he said recently, is “creating two societies. And it’s based very much, I think, on educational differences.”

    • How ‘British’ companies dodge hundreds of millions in tax

      The familiar blue-and-white logo above more than 2,500 High Street shops remains as it has for decades. The chain of chemists started by John Boot 161 years ago continues to dish out medicines and sell everything from cold remedies to corn pads.

      Boots, surely, is a quintessentially British business. It was founded in Nottingham, where its headquarters remain. Although it merged with pan-European pharmacy business Alliance UniChem in 2006 to become Alliance Boots, it is still outwardly British, a national corporate treasure.

    • WikiLeaks tweets Bank of America response

      WikiLeaks asked customers to close accounts with Bank of America after the Charlotte bank said it wouldn’t process payments intended for the anti-secrecy organization.

      The Observer reported Friday evening that Bank of America was joining other financial institutions in declining to process payments intended for WikiLeaks. Soon after, WikiLeaks tweeted a link to the story and encouraged supporters to make donations.

      In a later tweet, WikiLeaks asked “all people who love freedom close out their accounts at Bank of America.” After that, the group sent this message: “Does your business do business with Bank of America? Our advise is to place your funds somewhere safer.”

      A Bank of America spokesman on Saturday declined to comment further about WikiLeaks.

    • Bank of America says it won’t process payments intended for WikiLeaks

      Bank of America Corp. said Friday evening that it was joining other financial institutions in declining to process payments intended for WikiLeaks.

      “Bank of America joins in the actions previously announced by MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others and will not process transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are intended for WikiLeaks,” the bank said in a statement.

      “This decision is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”

    • Trapped in Bank of America Hell

      Are you one of the lucky ones? Have a good job, live in a nice neighborhood, enjoy your cozy home? Think foreclosure only impacts the reckless or the unemployed?

      Think again.

      George Mahoney worked and saved and built his cozy colonial-style home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts in 1981. There, he and his wife raised three lovely daughters. For many years, the Mahoneys paid down their relatively small mortgage with their local bank — a division of Bank of America (BofA). In 2007, they took out a second mortgage to help a daughter start a small business. Two wage earners, a great credit record — the loan was a breeze. That was when the trouble began.

    • Bank of America now refusing to process payments believed to be for Wikileaks

      MasterCard, Visa Europe, PayPal and now Bank of America. Add another to the list of financial businesses that are now refusing to process payments directed toward Wikileaks support. The bank chooses an interesting way of stating its actions, based on what we’re reading from The Kansas City Star, saying that it will refuse payments that it believes to be supporting Wikileaks.

    • U.S. arrests 4 in widening insider trading probe

      Four people were arrested on charges of leaking secrets about technology companies to hedge funds, including details about Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPad ahead of its launch, in a widening U.S. probe into insider trading.

    • New Insider-Trading Arrests Point Federal Prosecutors Toward Hedge Funds

      The arrests of three technology company workers who allegedly sold secrets about Apple Inc., Dell Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. signal the U.S. may be closing in on the hedge funds that paid for their expertise.

      The men, who worked at AMD, Flextronics International Ltd. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., were arrested yesterday on securities fraud and conspiracy charges for a scheme that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said operated from 2008 to early 2010.

    • FBI: Executives at Dell, AMD sold inside information

      Four executives at publicly traded technology companies have been arrested on charges they sold inside information about their employers, sometimes for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

      The executives allegedly pocketed hefty consulting fees for selling data to Primary Global, a Mountain View, California, market research company. Primary Global recruits experts from a number of industries, including the technology sector, to provide information about trends that it then sells to money managers. But according to the U.S. Department of Justice, one of the firm’s salesmen — James Fleishman — crossed the line and sold insider information to hedge funds.

    • Yet Again, In Insider-Trading Case, It’s All About the Wiretaps

      Wiretaps. It’s really all about the wiretaps.

      As the big insider-trading case launched out of the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan unfolds, that much is becoming ever so clear. To make their case, federal prosecutors are relying heavily on tapes of recorded phone calls.

      And some of the results, at least those alleged by the government, are rather vivid. Click here for a story on some of the possible evidence unveiled on Thursday, by Dow Jones Newswires reporter Liz Moyer. Click here for the latest story on Thursday’s arrests; here for the criminal complaint.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • Fox News: Drowning in global warming lies

      Did you hear the latest outrage about Fox News?

      A memo was leaked from Fox News’ managing editor, Bill Sammon, instructing Fox journalists never to report on global warming without IMMEDIATELY questioning the prevailing scientific consensus.

      We all know that Fox News is biased and not a legitimate news organization. But Fox News tries to deflect criticism by distinguishing between its “straight news” reporting and its commentary.

    • FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science
    • Stenographers to power: time to squeak up or be squashed

      Something similar is going on now with WikiLeaks. The American public is being softened up for another Administration ‘coup’. The Fox News poll suggests that this time it’ll be even easier to pull it off.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • UN mulls internet regulation options

      The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet.

      Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil.

    • Knowledge is Power: Facebook’s Exceptional Approach to Vulnerability Disclosure

      It’s no surprise to EFF members that the Internet is full of security flaws, some of them severe. Yet many Internet companies try to deal with these problems internally, or not at all. They don’t encourage outsiders to report flaws discovered when using or testing a website, and may even be hostile toward those who reveal facts they don’t want to hear. Well-meaning Internet users are often afraid to tell companies about security flaws they’ve found — they don’t know whether they’ll get hearty thanks or slapped with a lawsuit or even criminal prosecution. This tension is unfortunate, because when companies learn what needs to be fixed, their services will be better and their users safer.

    • Your Apps Are Watching You

      Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner’s real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off.

      These phones don’t keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

    • YouTube invokes terrorism policy

      The social networking site YouTube, a subsidiary of California-based Google, says it will let users decide if videos posted on YouTube promote terrorism.

      Lawmakers have long wanted the company to pre-screen militant speeches and propaganda videos, but the company wants to protect First Amendment rights, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    • YouTube is letting users decide on terrorism-related videos

      Reporting from Washington —
      Nudity. Sexual activity. Animal abuse. All are reasons YouTube users can flag a video for removal from the website. Add a new category: promotes terrorism.

      YouTube and its parent company, Google, have been criticized by lawmakers for refusing to prescreen militant speeches and propaganda videos that have been cited in more than a dozen terrorism investigations over the last five years.

      But rather than submit to policies that many argue would amount to an erosion of 1st Amendment rights, particularly in an open-access environment such as the Internet, YouTube is taking a decidedly more democratic path — let the customers decide.

    • Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility

      Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, likes to say that his Web site brings people together, helping to make the world a better place. But Facebook isn’t a utopia, and when it comes up short, Dave Willner tries to clean up.

    • YouTube Allows Users to Flag Terrorism Videos

      Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., told the Times that the new flagging option was a “good first step.”

    • Sixth Circuit Rules that E-Mail Protected by the Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement
    • http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/facebook-crimes-soar-over-100000-in-five-years-16022
    • Facebook Crimes Soar Over 100,000 In Five Years

      Over the past five years, while Facebook has grown dramatically, it has been linked to an astonishing number of crimes, according to a report in y the Daily Mail.

      Facebook was linked to over 100,000 crimes in the UK, according to high-ranking police officers in 16 forces, who responded to Freedom of Information Act requests from the Mail. Since January this year, 7,545 calls from the public expressed concerns with the social networking site. The figures mark a substantial increase from the 1,411 calls received in 2005 when Facebook’s popularity first began to grow.

    • U.S. Seeks Web Privacy ‘Bill of Rights’

      In a reversal of the federal government’s hands-off approach to Internet privacy regulation over the past decade, the Obama administration said Americans should have a “privacy bill of rights” to help regulate the commercial collection of consumer data online.

    • Smithsonian’s decision to remove a controversial video makes censorship a hot topic

      When the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery removed a video by the late David Wojnarowicz from its exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” two weeks ago, it had no idea that giving in to a protest — by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League and incoming House Speaker John Boehner — would become bigger news than an entire exhibit devoted to analyzing society’s “changing attitudes toward sexuality, desire and romantic attachment.”

  • Internet/Net Neutrality/DRM

    • BitTorrent Domain Exodus Continues As Torrentz Dumps .COM

      The Internet’s second biggest BitTorrent site is dumping its .COM domain. In an apparent response to the US Government’s Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement recent seizures of domain names, the site moved to a new home. Despite being only a meta-search engine, Torrentz.com appears to be taking no chances with an immediate .EU domain migration.

    • “The Master Switch”: Is the Internet due for a takeover?

      Tim Wu’s “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires” has been out for a few weeks now and has already become one of those books that prognosticators and opinionators feel obliged to respond to. It’s also a substantial and well-written account of the five major communications industries that have shaped the world as we know it: telephony, radio, movies, television and the Internet. Wu believes that all of these industries have moved through cycles of diversity and consolidation, and that if we think the Internet is immune to a takeover by some massive monopoly promising a more perfect (and more profitable) experience for users (and itself), then we should look to history, and think again.

      For Internet pundits (whether amateur or professional), Wu’s book is required reading, but the average citizen may find it even more revelatory and rewarding. Maybe you know a little bit about the rise and fall of the studio system in Hollywood, or you get misty-eyed over the crazy but creative early years of radio, before major broadcasting networks took over. Anyone past the age of 30 probably has at least a hazy memory of Ma Bell being smashed into Baby Bells by the Department of Justice in 1984, and may even be aware that some people still regard this as a crying shame. And, of course, you all know that the Internet is radically, uncontrollably decentralized by virtue of its very structure: It was designed to survive a nuclear war, right?

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Recalling The Great Canadian Penny Perturbation of 2007

      Now how about protecting the Canadian taxpayer from abuse of non-existent IP rights, needless legal expenditures, and the wasting of a lot of peoples’ time?

    • `Gray Market’ Ruling Favoring Swatch Affirmed as Supreme Court Splits 4-4

      The U.S. Supreme Court divided evenly in a clash over the multibillion-dollar “gray market,” leaving intact a ruling that lets manufacturers use copyright laws to keep some products out of U.S. discount stores.

      The 4-4 high court split, which doesn’t set a nationwide precedent, upholds a federal appeals court decision favoring Swatch Group AG’s Omega unit in a dispute with Costco Wholesale Corp. over discounted Seamaster watches.

    • Court Upholds Ban on World of Warcraft Bot

      The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Glider bot, which automatically kills enemies and performs other Warcraft functions while you’re away from your computer, is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provision banning the marketing of products that circumvent a technological measure that “effectively controls access to a copyrighted work.”

    • Court Reverses Copyright Ruling for WoW Creators

      The 9th Circuit on Tuesday partially vacated a $6.5 million judgment and an injunction against a programmer who created software that helps World of Warcraft players advance quickly to the higher levels of the popular online role-playing game.
      The federal appeals court in Seattle said that Michael Donnelly did not violate copyright law by selling his Glider software, which allows a player to automatically move through World of Warcraft’s (WoW) early levels. But the court did find that Donnelly’s company, MDY Industries, violated part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
      A district court will now determine Donnelly’s personal liability.
      Blizzard Entertainment, which created WoW in 2004, claims that Glider interferes with its contracts, and that gamers who use Glider may pay fewer subscription fees since they get through the 70 levels in fewer weeks than manual players.

    • Owning Culture

      As books follow music and video onto the internet, Dylan Horrocks warns that the law may end up stealing the rights of both writers and readers

      A spectre is haunting the world of publishers and authors – the spectre of the ebook. The iPad, Kindle, Google Book Search, digital piracy – if the prophets of doom are to be believed, these new technological developments herald the imminent death of all we hold dear: books, writing and civilisation itself. In reality, of course, we simply don’t know what these new technologies will mean in the long run. Perhaps it’s that very uncertainty that has us so worried. Some of us are already mourning the smell of paper, the spidery cracks along an old book’s spine, dog-eared pages and marginal notes.


      From this, I learned the central problem with how copyright works: it’s treated as a form of property. And like any property, it can be bought, sold or stolen. And as often as not, it ends up in the hands of corporations whose sole purpose is to exploit their property portfolio for maximum profit. Even when the author still ‘owns’ the copyright, he or she may be obliged to license the management of that property to a syndicate or publisher, who will often behave like a ruthless slum landlord, doing their best to fleece both the author and their readers.

    • Copyrights

      • Not-So-Gentle Persuasion: US Bullies Spain into Proposed Website Blocking Law

        It’s no secret that the US government has used its annual Special 301 Report to intimidate other countries into adopting more stringent copyright and patent laws by singling out particular countries for their “bad” intellectual property policies, and naming them on a tiered set of “watch lists”. Listing results in heightened political pressure and in some cases, the potential for trade sanctions, which encourages foreign trading partners to change their laws to mirror those in the US. But now some of the cables provided by WikiLeaks to Spanish newspaper El Pais confirm that the US government has pushed other countries to adopt measures that go beyond US law, unleashing the fury of Spanish Internet users.

        A set of cables reported on by El Pais make clear that the US government played a key role in Spain’s controversial website blocking law – the 2009 Sustainable Economy Bill, which the Spanish government is now trying to sneak it through a Committee in a pre-holiday session on 21st December. (Spanish readers, please see Action you can take below).

      • WordPress Accused Of Copyright Infringement For Its Famed ‘Hello Dolly’ Sample Plugin

        If you’ve ever installed or used the ultra-popular blogging platform software WordPress, you’re quite familiar with the Hello Dolly plugin that is part of the default install. If it’s enabled, then you get a short lyric from the song in the corner of the admin-only dashboard. It was basically just a fun simple plugin, mostly used to demonstrate the plugin functionality of WordPress.

      • Copyright defense restricted (Final update 12:13 p.m.)

        Dividing 4-4, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court’s denial of a discount retailer’s right to buy overseas a consumer item that is protected by copyright — in this case, a Swiss watch — and then bring it back into the U.S. for re-sale without the copyright owner’s consent. Such an even split among the Justices has the effect of upholding the lower court decision at issue, without setting a nationwide precedent. The division came about since Justice Elena Kagan was recused from the case – Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A. (08-1423). The case involved the so-called “first-sale doctrine” in copyright law. In new orders issued Monday, the Court granted no further cases.

      • Harvard shocker: Crimson rails against piracy, endorses university ‘three strikes’ penalty

Clip of the Day

Peter Brown interviewed by Jeremy Allison

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Rap News 6 – Wikileaks’ Cablegate (as Ogg)

Posted in Humour, Videos at 1:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Funny video released 2 days ago

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Microsoft Lobbyists Corrupt the European Interoperability Framework to Marginalise Software Freedom

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Patents, Standard at 3:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Early assessments of the latest version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF)

How good/bad is the final version (as in revision) of EIFv2? Well, it depends on who’s asked. Glyn Moody looked at the difference between the different versions, which the FSFE also highlighted in its Web site. They stood up against Microsoft EIF lobbyists. Microsoft Florian, BSA, and ACT, for example, were promoting RAND using the exact same lies about Free software. Moody, who was actively rebutting these people, says that “the lobbyists won, free software loses badly [in] #eif #eu” and he writes an article titled “the Great Defeat”:

Long-suffering readers of this blog will know that the European Interoperability Framework has occupied me for some time – I wrote about the first version back in 2008, and have been following the twists and turns of the revision process since.

These included the infamous leaked version that redefined “closed” as “nearly open”. Now we finally have the final version of EIF v2 – and it’s not a pretty sight.


This issue of whether FRAND or royalty/restriction-free should be adopted for open standards is one that I’ve discussed much in recent columns, pointing out that FRAND is not generally compatible with free software implementations. It might seem that the European Commission has come up with a nicely-balanced compromise by specifying that both FRAND and royalty-free are acceptable. But if you think about it, “FRAND or royalty-free” is identical to FRAND, because FRAND includes royalty-free as a stricter subset. The European Commission has simply mentioned “royalty-free” as a sop to those who called for it.

But wait, you might say, doesn’t it specify that even FRAND terms must be “in a way that allows implementation in both proprietary and open source software”? It certainly does, but that just means that it must be possible for some type of open source to implement the FRAND standard; it doesn’t say that all kinds of open source must be able to.

So, in practice, this means that FRAND standards that shut out GPLv2 software, for example, are perfectly acceptable provided other open source licences – of which there are many – can accommodate them. Once again, the European Commission has adopted wording that seems to address the concerns of the open source community, but which in practice gives FRAND fans exactly what the want: the ability to lock out GPLv2 code – still the bulk of the free software world – while complying with EIFv2.

Well, not everyone agrees with this assessment (there are many remarks in Identi.ca) and it’s claimed by a Red Hat employee that BSA and Microsoft are upset about this outcome. For some more background see:

  1. European Open Source Software Workgroup a Total Scam: Hijacked and Subverted by Microsoft et al
  2. Microsoft’s AstroTurfing, Twitter, Waggener Edstrom, and Jonathan Zuck
  3. Does the European Commission Harbour a Destruction of Free/Open Source Software Workgroup?
  4. The Illusion of Transparency at the European Parliament/Commission (on Microsoft)
  5. 2 Months and No Disclosure from the European Parliament
  6. After 3 Months, Europe Lets Microsoft-Influenced EU Panel be Seen
  7. Formal Complaint Against European Commission for Harbouring Microsoft Lobbyists
  8. ‘European’ Software Strategy Published, Written by Lobbyists and Multinationals
  9. Microsoft Uses Inside Influence to Grab Control, Redefine “Open Source”
  10. With Friends Like These, Who Needs Microsoft?
  11. European Interoperability Framework (EIF) Corrupted by Microsoft et al, Its Lobbyists
  12. Orwellian EIF, Fake Open Source, and Security Implications
  13. No Sense of Shame Left at Microsoft
  14. Lobbying Leads to Protest — the FFII and the FSFE Rise in Opposition to Subverted EIF
  15. IBM and Open Forum Europe Address European Interoperability Framework (EIF) Fiasco
  16. EIF Scrutinised, ODF Evolves, and Microsoft’s OOXML “Lies” Lead to Backlash from Danish Standards Committee
  17. Complaints About Perverted EIF Continue to Pile Up
  18. More Complaints About EIFv2 Abuse and Free Software FUD from General Electric (GE)
  19. Patents Roundup: Copyrighted SQL Queries, Microsoft Alliance with Company That Attacks F/OSS with Software Patents, Peer-to-Patent in Australia
  20. Microsoft Under Fire: Open Source Software Thematic Group Complains About EIFv2 Subversion, NHS Software Supplier Under Criminal Investigation
  21. British MEP Responds to Microsoft Lobby Against EIFv2; Microsoft’s Visible Technologies Infiltrates/Derails Forums Too
  22. Patents Roundup: Escalations in Europe, SAP Pretense, CCIA Goes Wrong, and IETF Opens Up
  23. Patents Roundup: Several Defeats for Bad Types of Patents, Apple Risks Embargo, and Microsoft Lobbies Europe Intensely
  24. Europeans Asked to Stop Microsoft’s Subversion of EIFv2 (European Interoperability Framework Version 2)
  25. Former Member of European Parliament Describes Microsoft “Coup in Process” in the European Commission
  26. Microsoft’s Battle to Consume — Not Obliterate — Open Source
  27. Patents Roundup: David Hammerstein on Microsoft Lobbying in Europe; Harrison Targets Lobbying on Software Patents in New Zealand, Justice Stevens Leaves SCOTUS
  28. Oracle Doesn’t “Go Bananas Over EIF 2.0” Being Subverted by Microsoft and Friends
  29. Inaction From Ombudsman/EU Commission Regarding Microsoft Lobbyists Derailing Public Policy
  30. The Difference Between Florian Müller and Hugo Lueders (Pro-Microsoft Lobbyists)
  31. BSA, ACT, and Other Microsoft Front Groups Still Try to Shoot Down EIF in Europe While Promoting Software Patents
  32. Free Software Proponents Expose the Microsoft-Funded (F)RAND Lobbyists and Their Lies, Microsoft to Lobby Directly in SOSOCON 2010
  33. Battling the BSA Hydra – Interpretation and Spanish Translation

The head of the FSFE responded to the EIFv2 on various occasions and then wrote about it in his blog:

Yesterday, the European Commission finally published the new version of the European Interoperability Framework [pdf]. We at FSFE have been working on this document for a long time. When it was published yesterday, we gave it a welcome despite some reservations.

Glyn Moody points out a number of weak spots in the new document. Actually, I’m concerned about many of the same points as he is. Still, I don’t agree with his judgement that EIFv2 is a “great defeat”. The document would certainly have been a lot worse without the hard work of FSFE and others. Even though it leaves some key issues open, it represents some progress.

Whether to welcome EIFv2 or not is a question of what you take as a baseline for comparison, and if you view the document isolated or in context. A lot will also depend on how the EIF is implemented.

But let’s take the issues in turn.

His conclusion:

So what we have now is a strategy statement, without the level of detail that made EIFv1 such a useful document. But this strategy generally goes in the right direction, and it’s much more powerful than before, thanks to its official status.
I’m guessing that the change we’ll see across Europe will be slow, but that it will be continuous and very broad. EIFv1 provided a rallying point for those member states and public bodies that were interested in Free Software and Open Standards. EIFv2 is a general push for everyone to use more Open Standards, even though it contains generous get-out clauses.

On the whole, we welcome EIFv2. It’s not everything we wished for, but it’s far better than we feared. We’ll watch its implementation very carefully, and will nudge it along where necessary.

Here is a page in question and related feedback from the FSFE:

  • FSFE welcomes revised European Interoperability Framework

    The European Commission today published its long-awaited revision of the European Interoperability Framework. This document aims at promoting interoperability in the European public sector. The document is the result of a prolonged and hard-fought process. Free Software Foundation Europe accompanied this process and offered input to the European Commission at various stages.

    “During the history of the EIF, we had reason to worry that Free Software would effectively be shut out of the European public sector. FSFE has worked hard to prevent this, and we have succeeded,” says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE’s President. “With this document, the Commission shows that it is willing to lead. We will support and accompany the EC in this effort.”

  • Freedom to compete: Fixing software procurement

    On Tuesday December 7, we issued a press release about a contract awarded by the European Commission, under which the EC and other European institutions will spend up to 189 million Euro on proprietary software and related services. We are of the view that in issuing this contract, the EC has once more failed to live up to its own guidelines and recommendations about the use of Free Software and Open Standards, and has missed an opportunity to open up software procurement to competition from Free Software companies.

Mark Bohannon, the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, says in a Red Hat-owned site that “European Interoperability Framework supports openness” and to quote the ending:

Is the new EIF perfect? No. Due to heavy lobbying by vested proprietary technology interests, some key sections of the EIF have been made confusing (indeed, the definition of ‘open standards’ has been watered down from the 2004 version and no longer includes the requirement of being ‘royalty-free’). The definition of “open” standards or specifications remains a matter of some contention in the IT industry. An example of a more accurate definition of open standards can be found in the recently released India Standards Policy for E-Governance, which specifies that intellectual property should be licensed royalty-free and that any required specifications should be technology-neutral.

While the new definition does not give the open source and open standards community all it would have wished for, and some will certainly criticize the result, the EU’s policy should still be applauded as an overall statement in favor of openness. At its heart is a reaffirmation of openness and the recognition that open source is not only a key element of – but also a growing factor in — Europe’s IT agenda.

Red Hat and the open source and open standards community will continue to work for royalty free IPR licensing policies that level the playing field and promote consumer choice. Given this latest announcement in EU policy, the open source and open standards community will have to be vigilant to ensure that this policy is implemented in a meaningful way and achieves its true goal: interoperability, vendor choice, portability, collaborative innovation and competition in providing products and services.

Simon Phipps’ comments can be found in Identi.ca but also in his blog summaries, e.g.:

Landmark publication of the European Interoperability Framework by the European Commission. Of course, this is only guidance, and the political context is very complex as evidenced by the language around “FRAND” and patents. Let’s see if they can stick to this better than they can stick to their own procurement guidelines.


As if to provide caution for those welcoming the EIF publication, FSF Europe continues its very rational and well-argued assault on the European Commission’s failure to follow its own rules.

All in all, there is no consent here. There appears to be agreement that the EIFv2 could be better, some F/OSS advocates are reasonably satisfied, but RAND still managed to find its way into EIF. In a way, the mobbyists and lobbyists got their way.

[ES] Hollywood Pushes New Laws Into Spain

Posted in Europe, Law at 2:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Resumen: Una respuesta rápida a los trolls del Internet y otros detractores que atacan a la plataforma y al mensajero en lugar de abordar el mensaje.

“This coming Tuesday 21 while the Spaniard people will looking ahead to the Holidays its legislators will try to sneak in a harmful “Three Strikes” “anti-piracy” law,” writes Eduardo. “The people of Spain might be unaware of this thus I translated Gwen Hinze’s article.” Here goes the translation [ODF | PDF].

No Tan Suave Persuasión: EE.UU. Matonea a España en Proyecto Web de Ley de Bloqueo

Llamado a la Acción por Gwen Hinze[https://www.eff.org/about/staff/gwen-hinze]

Original en: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/12/not-so-gentle-persuasion-us-bullies-spain-proposed

No es ningún secreto que el gobierno de los EE.UU. ha utilizado su anual Informe Especial 301[http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/shaping-ip-laws-not-so-gentle-persuasion-special] para intimidar a otros países en la adopción de los derechos de autor más estrictas y las leyes de patentes por la selección de determinados países por su “mala” políticas de propiedad intelectual, y nombrarlos en una serie escalonada de “listas de vigilancia “. Esto resulta en una presión política mayor y en algunos casos, la posibilidad de sanciones comerciales, que alienta a los asociados de comercio exterior a cambiar sus leyes para reflejar las de los EE.UU.. Pero ahora algunos de los cables suministrados por WikiLeaks al diario español El País[http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/EE/UU/ejecuto/plan/conseguir/ley/antidescargas/elpepuesp/20101203elpepunac_52/Tes], confirman que el gobierno de EE.UU. ha presionado a otros países a adoptar medidas que van más allá de la ley de EE.UU., desatando la furia[http://www.nacionred.com/lobbies-pi/la-ley-sinde-made-in-usa-verguenza-nacional] de los internautas españoles.

Un conjunto de cables informados por El País dejan en claro que el gobierno de EE.UU. desempeñó un papel clave en controversial ley de bloqueo web – Ley de Economía Sostenible 2009[http://www.congreso.es/portal/page/portal/Congreso/PopUpCGI?CMD=VERLST&BASE=puw9&DOCS=1-1&DOCORDER=LIFO&QUERY=(CDA20100929006114.CODI.)#%28P%C3%A1gina1%29], que el gobierno español está tratando de colar a través de un Comité en un pre-vacaciones período de sesiones el 21 de diciembre[http://www.elpais.com/articulo/tecnologia/Congreso/aprobara/martes/comision/Ley/Economia/Sostenible/incluye/ley/Sinde/elpeputec/20101215elpeputec_3/Tes]. (Lectores de español, por favor ver que Usted puede hacer más adelante).

El País[http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/EE/UU/ejecuto/plan/conseguir/ley/antidescargas/elpepuesp/20101203elpepunac_52/Tes] informa de que en febrero de 2008 el gobierno de los EE.UU. amenazó con poner a España en la anual Lista de Vigilancia Especial 301 emitido por la Oficina del Representante Comercial de EE.UU. a menos que el nuevo gobierno español anunció nuevas medidas para hacer frente a la piratería en Internet, incluyendo una ley que obliga a los ISP(Sitios Servidores de Internet) terminar el acceso a Internet de los abonados acusado tres veces de intercambio de archivos – como el francés “HADOPI” ley Tres Strikes.

En febrero de 2008[http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/Cable/presiones/Espana/combata/pirateria/elpepicul/20101203elpepunac_46/Tes] por cable, la Embajada de EE.UU. en Madrid declaró que:

“Proponemos que se diga que el nuevo gobierno que España va a aparecer en la lista de vigilancia si no hacer tres cosas antes de octubre de 2008. En primer lugar, el Gobierno [de España] debe emitir un anuncio que indica que la piratería en Internet es ilegal, y que el régimen de la tasa de derechos de autor no compensar a los creadores de material con derechos adquiridos a través del intercambio de archivos peer-to-peer. En segundo lugar, modificar la circular de 2006 “, que es ampliamente interpretado en España como decir que el intercambio peer-to-peer es legal. En tercer lugar, anunciar que el Gobierno de España adoptará medidas a lo largo de las líneas de los franceses y/o propuestas del Reino Unido para frenar la piratería en Internet en el verano de 2009. ”

Que quede claro lo que esto significa, un funcionario de EE.UU. al parecer presionó al gobierno de España a adoptar nuevas y no aprobadas medidas legislativas que nunca se han propuesto en el Congreso de los EE.UU., y como los cables de otros publicados por El show País, lo hizo a petición de EE.UU. titulares de derechos de propiedad intelectual.

La “propuesta de Francia” que se menciona en el cable es la polémica ley HADOPI 2009[http://www.laquadrature.net/en/hadopi-olivennes-bill], que establece que la autoridad francesa, la Autorité Alta pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des droits sur Internet, para enviar avisos a los proveedores de Internet que se “recomienda” que se suspenda las cuentas Internet de los usuarios e identificar las direcciones IP por hasta un año, en la tercera alegación de infracción de derechos de autor.

La “Propuesta del Reino Unido” parece ser una referencia a las demandas del Reino Unido, los titulares de derechos de propiedad intelectual “que los ISPs desconecten a sus abonados después de tres denuncias de infracción de derechos de autor en las consultas que fueron convocadas por el Departamento del Gobierno británico de Negocios, Empresa y Reforma Regulatoria en el período 2007-2008, a raíz de una recomendación en el informe Gowers hito en la reforma de la ley de propiedad intelectual del Reino Unido. Estas consultas y un acuerdo posterior fueron los precursores de la Ley de Economía Digital promulgada a principios de 2010. El Reino Unido en última instancia, decidió no adoptar Three Strikes. (Hasta la fecha, sólo los gobiernos de Francia y Corea del Sur han aprobado estas leyes nuevas, pero un proyecto de ley está pendiente en Nueva Zelanda). La Economía Digital Ley exige que los ISP(Servicios Proveedores de Internet) que transmita avisos de supuestas infracciones a sus suscriptores, pero actualmente no exigen que los ISP a desconectar sus abonados en una tercera acusación de infracción de derechos de autor – a pesar de que deja abierta[http://www.openrightsgroup.org/ourwork/reports/digital-economy-bill-briefing] la posibilidad de que el gobierno del Reino Unido podría requerir tales “medidas técnicas[http://www.openrightsgroup.org/ourwork/reports/copyright-and-web-blocking-in-the-uk] “en el futuro.

Los cables muestran que la Embajada de EE.UU. en Madrid ha diseñado un detallado “hoja de ruta[http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/Cable/ayuda/EE/UU/materia/Copyright/elpepicul/20101203elpepunac_45/Tes]” en 2007, con estrategias a corto, mediano y largo plazo para aumentar la presión sobre España para tomar medidas para fortalecer las leyes de propiedad intelectual por las elecciones de marzo de 2008. Esto “requiere una atención continua constante de alto nivel de Embajada y la ocasional ayuda de las agencias de Washington durante los próximos 3 a 4 años”, que incluyó reuniones con los funcionarios visitantes gobierno de los EE.UU. de la USPTO (Oficina de Patentes y Marcas de los Estados Unidos) y el Departamento de Estado.

El gobierno español, aparentemente, no actuó lo suficientemente rápido en las demandas de EE.UU.. Los EE.UU. cumplió su amenaza para añadir a España a la lista de vigilancia especial en los EE.UU. del Representante Comercial de 301 informes en 2008[http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/asset_upload_file553_14869.pdf] y 2009[http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/Full%20Version%20of%20the%202009%20SPECIAL%20301%20REPORT.pdf]. En noviembre de 2009, el gobierno español propuso una nueva ley contra la piratería, la Ley de Economía Sostenible, que plantea serias preocupaciones por los derechos de los ciudadanos españoles “del debido proceso, la privacidad y la libertad de expresión. La buena noticia es que la legislación propuesta no requiere que los ISP adopten Three Strikes de desconexión de Internet de las personas. Sin embargo, la mala noticia es que sigue la tendencia reciente hacia la imposición de obligaciones a los intermediarios de Internet para bloquear el contenido. Leyes similares han sido propuestos en los EE.UU. (COICA[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-3804]) y el Reino Unido (a través de las facultades reservadas en la Ley de Economía Digital[http://www.openrightsgroup.org/ourwork/reports/copyright-and-web-blocking-in-the-uk]).

La propuesta de ley de Economía Sostenible que permitiría un nuevo gobierno para dirigir la Comisión ISPs para bloquear el servicio o eliminar el contenido en los sitios web después de recibir quejas por determinados motivos. Estos incluyen la defensa nacional, el orden público, seguridad pública, salud pública, la protección de los menores, y “salvaguardar los derechos de propiedad intelectual”. También requeriría que los ISPs para responder a las solicitudes de las entidades autorizadas para la identificación y divulgación de los responsables de las infracciones de propiedad intelectual – un tema que los titulares de derechos de propiedad intelectual había seguido y perdió en 2008 el Tribunal Europeo de Justicia en Promúsica contra Telefónica[http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/01/eu-law-does-not-require].

Un cable de la Embajada de EE.UU. desde diciembre de 2009[http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/Cable/polemica/ley/pirateria/elpepicul/20101203elpepunac_49/Tes] describe las protestas masivas de la comunidad de Internet que pronto siguió la introducción de la legislación. Se observa que el Gobierno de España había “desautorizadó cualquier intención de aplicar un régimen de respuesta gradual, tales como se contempla en la legislación recientemente promulgada en Francia. Su intención específica es más bien para impedir el acceso al contenido infractor. “El cable informa a los funcionarios de Washington sobre las respectivas reacciones de altos representantes de la industria discográfica y la industria del cine, las filiales locales de la Federación Internacional de la Industria Fonográfica y la Motion Picture Asociación de Europa. Muchos proveedores de contenido, incluyendo el Presidente de la Federación para la Propiedad Intelectual en las obras del Sector Audiovisual (FAP), al parecer pensó que la legislación era más que en la actualidad se puede conseguir y que allanaría el camino para leyes más estrictas en el futuro, pero representante de la industria de música española no estaba satisfecho, afirmando que “esto [es decir, el fracaso de la legislación para obligar a los ISP a adoptar un régimen de Three Strikes de Internet desconexión] limitación dejará a los usuarios en libertad para continuar en la descarga de P2P no autorizados”.

Después de que el Parlamento español no ha adoptado la legislación en 2009, España fue puesta de nuevo en la Lista de Vigilancia Especial de la USTR 301 Informe en abril de 2010[http://www.ustr.gov/webfm_send/1906]. Las razones dadas reiteraron cada uno de los puntos de la discordia que se describe en los cables:

“España se mantendrá en la Lista Watch en 2010. Los Estados Unidos sigue preocupado por la piratería en Internet en particular importante en España, e insta enérgicamente a la acción rápida y eficaz para abordar la cuestión. El gobierno español no ha modificado partes de una circular de 2006 Fiscal General que parece despenalizar el intercambio ilegal de archivos peer-to-peer de material infractor, lo que contribuye a una percepción errónea del público en España que dicha actividad es legal. El marco legal y regulatorio existentes en España no ha dado lugar a la cooperación entre los proveedores de servicios Internet (ISP) y los titulares de derechos para reducir la piratería en línea. Por el contrario, los titulares de derechos en España se observa una incapacidad para obtener la información necesaria para procesar a los infractores de derechos de propiedad intelectual en línea, reduciendo aún más su capacidad para buscar soluciones apropiadas. ordenamiento jurídico de España también, en general no da lugar a sanciones penales por infracción de la propiedad intelectual. Los Estados Unidos se siente alentado por algunos acontecimientos positivos recientes en España, incluido el establecimiento de una Comisión Interministerial con el mandato de proponer cambios en la legislación española y la política que fortalezca los esfuerzos para reducir la piratería en Internet. En enero de 2010, la Comisión propuso legislación que permita a un comité con sede en el Ministerio de Cultura para solicitar que un ISP bloquean el acceso a los materiales infractores alojados en línea. Los Estados Unidos insta a España a continuar adoptando medidas positivas para hacer frente a la piratería en Internet, y seguirá de cerca los progresos realizados en el año que viene “.

Así es como la industria del entretenimiento trabaja con el gobierno de los EE.UU. matonean a los gobiernos para crear una legislación armonizada con la de ellos (EE.UU.) que continuamente para la protección de los derechos de autor, un país a la vez.

La Ley de Economía Sostenible será debatida en la Comisión de Economía y Hacienda del Congreso de España el próximo Martes, 21 de diciembre, justo antes del receso de vacaciones. A continuación, podría ser aprobado por el Senado a finales de febrero de 2011.

El pasado ha quedado atrás, pero el futuro está en tus manos. Si usted es un ciudadano español, llame a su representante en el Congreso y la demanda que esta legislación se debatirá en sesión pública del Parlamento, con toda la atención que se merece, no adoptadas por juego de manos debido a la presión de fondo político. Nuestros amigos españoles pedimos que se centran en representantes de los partidos independientes (algunos de los cuales han pedido que el proyecto de ley que se debatirá en una sesión plenaria) – el partido de Cataluña (CIU), el Partido Vasco (PNV), y el Partido de Isla Canaria (CC). Más información está disponible en página de la campaña Asociación de Internautas[http://www.internautas.org/html/6442.html]; Red SOS[http://red-sostenible.net/index.php/From_now_on,_Net_and_Freedom]-y aquí[http://sindegate.net/], y seguir @ La_EX_ en Twitter.

Temas relacionados: FEP de Europa[https://www.eff.org/issues/eff-europe] , Propiedad Intelectual[https://www.eff.org/issues/intellectual-property], Internacional[https://www.eff.org/issues/international]

“People of Spain be aware of the MPGE-LA US bullying against your sovereignty,” adds Eduardo… “el futuro está en tus manos. Si usted es un ciudadano español, llame a su representante en el Congreso y la demanda que esta legislación se debatirá en sesión pública del Parlamento, con toda la atención que se merece, no adoptadas por juego de manos debido a la presión de fondo político. Nuestros amigos españoles pedimos que se centran en representantes de los partidos independientes (algunos de los cuales han pedido que el proyecto de ley que se debatirá en una sesión plenaria) – el partido de Cataluña (CIU), el Partido Vasco (PNV), y el Partido de Isla Canaria (CC). ”

Microsoft – Al igual que Monsanto – Intenta Sofocar Su Competencia/’Clientes’ Forzados con Trampas de Patentes

Posted in Microsoft, Patents at 2:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: Microsoft como de costumbre vuelve a las andadas en Vista 7, que pone trampas RAND (“Razonable y No-Discriminatorias” licencias) dentro de Mozilla Firefox.

MICROSOFT HA estado impulsando en forma agresiva la contaminación de la Web con las patentes MPEG[http://techrights.org/2010/03/18/microsoft-threatens-with-fud-mpeg4/] (en manos de un troll de patentes, el Sr. Horn), mientras que Mozilla siempre las rechazó [1[http://techrights.org/2010/08/26/mpeg-la-trick/], 2[http://techrights.org/2010/08/28/mozilla-vs-mpegla-trolls/], 3[http://techrights.org/2010/06/02/calmly-supporting-vp8/]]. Firefox y Mozilla no se mezclan con MPEG-LA, por lo que Ogg y WebM son defendidos por sus ejecutivos y desarrolladores. Para un contexto más y de fondo con respecto a MPEG-LA ver:

* Necesidades de Canonical para indicar a los usuarios de Ubuntu cuánto pagó MPEG-LA por la “protección” de Patentes[http://techrights.org/2010/05/07/canonical-disclosure-h264-video/]
* Microsoft y MPEG-LA llamados “trolls de patentes”, denuncia antimonopolio presentada[http://techrights.org/2010/05/26/mpeg-cartel-and-microsoft-backlash/]
* Troll de Patentes (MPEG-LA) puede ser el dueño de su propio personal y Videos Familiares[http://techrights.org/2010/05/26/patent-trolls-exploit-cams/]
* Alexandre Oliva explica por qué el patente Troll Larry Horn (Cartel MPEG) es un farol[http://techrights.org/2010/05/27/mpeg-cartel-bluff/]
* “Estamos en la era del vídeo digital, y esto es un lío,”-Steve Jobs, MPEG-LA Proponete/Supporter/ cabildero[http://techrights.org/2010/05/28/mpeg-cartel-gives-jobs/]
* Simon Phipps: “MPEG-LA es un PARASITO Usando los Institutos de Normalización como su Huésped, lo quieran o no.” (Y una perorata sobre Banshee / Mono)[http://techrights.org/2010/06/07/mpeg-la-and-dot-net-trap/]
* Resumen de Patentes: Deformación patentes en la Unión Europea, MPEG-LA, OIN, Nueva Zelanda, y los trolls de patentes[http://techrights.org/2010/06/25/ffii-et-al-re-eu-and-nz/]

Según CNET[http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20025721-264.html], Microsoft ahora utiliza Vista 7 de empujar las trampas de MPEG-LA patente dentro de Firefox, que ni siquiera es propio software de Microsoft (esta no sería la primera vez[http://techrights.org/2009/05/31/microsoft-changes-firefox-software/] que Microsoft inyecta gotas de su propio interés en el software que no es propia, a pesar de la el usuario siempre y cuando no sea el consentimiento). Aquí está la discusión en Slashdot[http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/12/16/223237/Microsoft-Is-Releasing-an-H264-Plugin-For-Firefox] con respecto a este comportamiento aceptable de Microsoft y algunos de los artículo de CNET:

“Mozilla es abierto en su disgusto por la patente de tecnología de vídeo gravado llamada H.264, pero Microsoft, un ventilador H.264, proporciona un plug-in que permitirá a los usuarios de Windows 7 es el uso de todos modos.”


“Mozilla está trabajando para tratar de establecer WebM como un códec necesario para HTML5, una especificación estandarizada por el World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).”

Como Glyn Moody dijo, Microsoft está “desesperado por arrimar # swpats [las patentes de software] en las fauces de la bestia de los pobres” (que vergüenza Microsoft parece ser un consenso).

La estrategia de “contaminación” de patentes de Microsoft es similar a la estafa elegida por Monsanto, que utiliza las patentes para OBLIGAR a los agricultores a pagar un impuesto (no importa si son clientes de la empresa Monsanto, que puede ser “accidentales” clientes también debido a los litigios) . Como hemos explicado muchas veces antes, la Fundación Gates[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Gates_Foundation_Critique] y Monsanto piensan igual y están muy cerca uno del otro, como era de esperar. Hay un nuevo artículo en francés de él[http://newsoftomorrow.org/spip.php?article9414] y Moody comenta acerca de él al escribir “los monopolio-amantes se encuentran”.

“Los gustos de MPEG-LA sería sólo una parte de dicha estrategia, así que es importante suprimir H.264 y tal vez presentar una queja formal contra Microsoft por empujar las patentes MPEG-LA en su rival, Firefox (sin permiso).” Mientras tanto , el eterno vigilante Benjamin Henrion (presidente de la FFII-Fundación para una Infraestructura de Información “Libre”) escribió para decirnos que “la Comisión Europea dice que el Software Libre puede pagar regalías” sobre la base de este documento FEI [http://ec.europa.eu/isa/strategy/doc/110113__iop_communication_annex_eif.pdf][PDF]. Cita de él: “Los derechos de propiedad intelectual relacionados con el pliego de condiciones se licencia en términos “RAZONABLES y NO DISCRIMINATORIAS” o sobre una base sin derechos de autor de una manera que permita su aplicación tanto en el software de código abierto y propietario.”

No hay que olvidar que es la promoción de RAND en Europa (véase nuestra categoría RAND[http://techrights.org/category/rand/]), aunque basada en mentiras acerca de Free/Software libre. Eso serían los lobbyists bien remunerados de Microsoft. Los gustos de MPEG-LA sería sólo una parte de dicha estrategia, así que es importante suprimir H.264 y tal vez presentar una queja formal contra Microsoft por empujar las patentes MPEG-LA en su rival, Firefox (sin permiso). Como nuestro lector “twitter”, dijo hace dos horas, el lema de Microsoft es, “¿Lo nuestro es nuestro y lo que es tuyo es nuestro.”

[Special thanks to Eduardo for his translation]

IRC Proceedings: December 18th, 2010

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz




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