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  Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Fair use means something

Best quote in coverage of the Elcomsoft not-guilty verdict:

The defense had argued that the Elcomsoft's program merely enabled owners of the eBook Reader to exercise their rights to "fair use" under copyright law, including making copies of e-books for backups, transfers to other devices and other personal use.

Jury foreman Dennis Strader said that argument had a big impact on the jurors, who asked U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte to clarify the "fair use" definition shortly after deliberations began. "Under the eBook formats, you have no rights at all, and the jury had trouble with that concept," said Strader. [Emphasis mine]

(From Yahoo!'s AP news); Other coverage: ZDNet, Wired, ABC, Politechbot, Infoworld, NY Times.

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Open Source explained

The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source: a Book Review. A new book that explains OSS on an executive level can help open a dialogue between hackers and suits. [Linux Journal]

And an excerpt from the book at ComputerWorld: Glossary: Linux and Open Source Lingo [Computerworld Linux News]

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"In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time."  

 Edward P. Tryon. [Quotes of the Day]

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