What's wrong with this picture?
Posted Dec 7, 2005 22:50 UTC (Wed) by grouch
In reply to: What's wrong with this picture?
Parent article: A look at the Patent Commons Project and OIN
Please keep in mind the many-headed nature of these very large corporations. They still present conflicting faces, reflecting different paths to their goal of satisfying share holders. Businesses are, by definition, amoral. They exist to produce profit. The only character or personality they take on is that of the people who set their policies and conduct day-to-day operations. The larger the business, the more likely it is to present multiple personalities.
My latest Sony TV, purchased before the news of the rootkit fiasco, came with a printed version of the GPL and a link to the source of software used. Philips fought the inclusion of Digital Restrictions Mania in CD recorder drives. IBM spent a billion dollars advertising a free product and who knows how much in their continued fight with SCO.
Any catalog of their faults should also include a list of their actions which are praiseworthy.
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