Posted Nov 14, 2003 22:19 UTC (Fri) by ccchips
In reply to: Wow!
Parent article: SCO Targets Torvalds, Stallman (Forbes)
What would make me happier than anything is if the underlying issues could be resolved indefinitely.
The problem is that the United States government appears to have bet the farm on copyrights, and I suspect that this will seriously damage world culture, at the very least (think of all the orphaned or neglected films that could have gone into the public domain by now, not to mention the billions of words of fiction and non-fiction that have been written since 1903, and are no longer available to new readers because the publisher doesn't think they're worthwhile enough even to donate to the public domain, or is so greedy as to keep them bottled up. Again, here we have rich people deciding what artworks shall live or die. This is proposterous.
With this Linux fight, we're taling about some jealous, greedy, unscrupulous people who believe they've figured out how to manipulate this out-of-control legal system's idea of copyrights into big benefits from stockholders. Unfurtunately, any company which buys SCO could very well dig up this nonsense again, for up to and in excess of 100 years.
To me, this is sad and sickening, and doesn't make me proud to be an American citizen.
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