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"The Free Standards Group (FSG) and Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), two of the major non-profit corporations dedicated to promoting open source software, are merging to form a new organization called The Linux Foundation. The new organization will be led by Jim Zemlin, the former FSG executive director, and for now will continue the work of both predecessors. The merger will be legally complete in early February, but work on the practical details will begin immediately." writes Linux.com

One commentator, however, expressed concern about the new name, which implies that it is only about "Linux" (actually just an OS kernel) while the new organization consists of former foundations who worked to promote Free Software/Open Source and Free Standards in general, not limited to the Linux kernel alone.


Of course, it's been quite obvious to honest observers all along that DRM isn't merely about contesting unauthorized copying, also known as "piracy" and that there were other less "noble" intentions behind it. In fact, fighting "piracy" is just a cover story. You have to dig deeper for the real story. Ironically, Hollywood almost spelled it out for us, as Ken Fisher writes on Ars Technica:

Ken Fisher wrote:

If we believe Ronald Grover's sources in his BusinessWeek article of last week, the problem is liberal DRM and not piracy, and this is a startling admission. According to him, an unnamed studio executive said that a major reason why studios weren't jumping on board with the iTunes Store and other similar services is that their DRM is too lax. "[Apple's] user rules just scare the heck out of us." It's not piracy that's the concern, it's their ability to control how you use the content you purchase.


Microsoft's agenda has always been a monopoly. At least we'd have a very hard time believing otherwise. Today the Digital Rights Mismanagement (DRM) is a key ingredient to a new monopoly that Microsoft wants to build. It would provide for a virtually clean lock-in that is even harder to escape than before. But thanks to GNU/Linux and Free Software, it may yet fail and no matter if you adopted this OS in the meantime or not, you will have GNU/Linux to thank for liberating the industry. Doug Winter explains it here.

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One of the most significant latest improvements to Libervis.com comes in order to fill a need that I felt numerous times before. Often I run into websites or articles which I feel are very interesting and even potentially important to the topic that Libervis.com covers, but is not really suited to be published as an article or featured news, and putting it all in forums didn't seem like an elegant way to share it either.

Today I have a solution, our very own social bookmarking section. Now I can just add those special links there and they will be visible not only in my profile, but also on the homepage, satisfactorily fulfilling the urge to share it with people who may care. And this caring is the basic difference between our link sharing section and general bookmarking sites like del.icio.us. It is meant specifically for people who care about digital freedom and related issues such as supporters of Free Open Source Software and Free Culture. This is the right place to put those links you find important.


More bad news comes from US, with the latest example of trying to get the government to sanction bad business, a business of denying value for the consumer rather than enhancing it, all based on paranoid fears of "piracy" aided with a sick amount of greed. Well what else? "A new bill introduced in the US Senate this week would force satellite, digital, and Internet radio providers (but not over-the-air radio) to implement measures designed to restrict the ability of listeners to record audio from the services. Called the "Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music Act" (PERFORM) the bill is sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Joseph Biden (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)." Read more at ArsTechnica.