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  1. Voting With Your Feet and Other Freedoms

    This Post In A Nutshell (aka, the Murray Version) No one should be surprised that social network users can’t ‘vote with their feet,’ because most users give up a portion of their autonomy when they choose to use web services. This post will suggest that protecting autonomy is desirable and should be designed in to…

  2. hypothetical copyright exam question

    [picture: ‘Unsolved Mystery‘, by ButterflySha, used under a CC-BY license.] Hypothetical copyright exam question for your late-night pondering: If a poem is derived from statistical analysis of 22 books, but contains no actual direct sequences from those books longer than 2-3 words, is it a derivative work of those 22 books? Thou shalt be I.…

  3. thoughts from afar on OSCON

    I’m obviously interested in what is going on at OSCON this year, since the overlap between web 2.0 and free/open software seems to be a major theme. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go, so I’m left lurking from afar. John Eckman has some of the best notes I’ve found, at least on Eben’s talks- read his notes…

  4. evaluating a Free/Open Service Definition (rough draft)

    Thinking about the Open Service problem As Havoc mentioned, I’m putting in some time on thinking about what an Open Service Definition (to parallel the Open Source and Free Software Definitions). I present here a rough draft of a framework for evaluating such a definition. It is not the definition itself, nor a license/technology/business model/etc.…

  5. four quick notes on Havoc’s keynote

    Four quick notes on Havoc’s GUADEC keynote: I did the right thing by not going to GUADEC, but man, I wish I were at GUADEC. Havoc (and others saying the same thing) are completely right that we must move towards deep web integration. I have no strong opinion on whether online-desktop is the right technological…

  6. quick pondering on artificial scarcity

    This deserves to be developed more fully, but perhaps the thread that ties together my irritation with the MS-Novell deal, my irritation with the Mozilla TM licensing, and what worries me about the push against copylefted DB data, is the creation of (or in the DB case, allows the creation of) artificial scarcity. I’m OK…

  7. GPL v3, the Q&A: part 4- odds and ends

    These are the last odds and ends of my GPL Q&A series. I may or may not find the energy to elaborate on the patent and DRM provisions tomorrow, since those seem to have generated the most questions, but I may not- I’m completely destroyed right now, and I plan on going to a baseball…

  8. GPL v3, the Q&A: part 3- companies

    (Before going further, you should (at the minimum) read the disclaimer on Monday’s post and (ideally) make sure you’ve read all of the past two posts. (first, second.)) Q: Companies hate this! The sky is falling if the GPL is adopted! A: Find your calm place. There is no doubt that the new license will…

  9. GPL v3, the Q&A: part 2- developers

    (This is part two of a series. Before going further, you should (at the minimum) read the disclaimer on yesterday’s post and (ideally) make sure you’ve read all of yesterday’s post.) Q: Has there ever been a sequel that wasn’t terrible? A: Godfather II and Star Wars II. (I refuse to call it V.) I’m…