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There is some significant symbolic and historical value in the gesture that the popular Time Magazine exercised this month. It may be remembered as one of the signs of historic change for decades to come.


LXer writes: "Mid November, Steve Ballmer said "Linux"uses our [Microsoft Corp.] intellectual property" and "Microsoft Corp. wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation." Many people didn't understand what he really meant, among them the LXer editors. Therefore, LXer sent an Open Letter to the Waggener Edstrom Rapid Response team, and two weeks later, the answers are in (no pun intended). Check the full story for the answers a Microsoft Spokesperson gave us, which hopefully can answer some of our questions." -- Read more


Groklaw writes: "Here's the latest report from the Iowa antitrust litigation, Comes v. Microsoft, Inc., being held in Polk County District Court. We have excerpts from transcripts of Thursday's and Friday's sessions, including a 2004 email from Jim Allchin to Steve Balmer and Bill Gates in which he says Microsoft had lost sight of what customers need and that he himself would buy a Mac, if he didn't work for Microsoft."

This entry makes it so clear that Microsoft deliberately uses monopoly practices to stifle competition. It backs it up with actual evidence. Read more


"Instead of being a preserver, copyright is now a killer. In the 21st century, venal corporate entertainment cartel interests use outmoded copyright laws to savage their own customers. But that's far from being the end of the scandal.
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DOC is, "deeply concerned about how current copyright laws hamper the production and distribution of documentary films," says executive director Samantha Hodder. "The regulations now in place increase costs and limit the use of visual materials and music thereby restricting artistic freedom and threatening our cultural heritage."" -- Read more


Bruce Perens writes: "Two weeks ago I wrote a letter protesting Novell's patent agreement with Microsoft and made it available for other people to sign. I expected 200-300 signatures for this rather technical matter about patents and licensing, but there are 2700 signatures as I write this, and the number keeps increasing. Many of the signers attached notes directed at Novell, filled with emotion. Obviously, the Free Software community feels very strongly about this issue. But Free Software is not the only party represented. Many of the signers identify themselves as recent Novell VARs and institutional customers who will now turn to another Linux distribution." -- Read more