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No baking allowed.
The Clinton-Gore administration oversaw a vast expansion of rights
for intellectual-property holders at the expense of the
public's right to fair use of materials in which someone claims IP
ownership. I'm curious how Bush-Cheney will treat this subject; best
guess would be a continuing expansion of IP rights claims by benign
neglect of the commons.
Here are a couple of recent examples of overreaching IP claims.
John Kristoff reports an effort by food giant Pillsbury to get an IETF
working group to stop using the term bakeoff to describe its
interoperability events. SIP, the working group for IP signalling,
has been using the term for 20 years, according to messages posted
to an IETF mailing list. A poster at Columbia claimed that Pillsbury
had sent the university a cease-and-desist letter because of
this site. The
official site for SIP bakeoff
events now sports a mailto: link for questions about the domain name
Updated 2000-12-14, 4:25 pm:
I've withdrawn the second example originally posted here, because it
seems to have been a misunderstanding. TBTF Irregular Art Medlar wrote
with an even more incredible
claim -- that Adobe's Glassbook
reader can be made to display what appears to be a prohibition of reading
the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland aloud. As clarified
in a Slashdot
discussion (see especially
thread), "no reading aloud" refers to technical capabilities,
not permissions. That is, for the downloaded Alice, one could not
cause Glassbook Reader to read the book aloud to one in a synthesized voice.
A Slashdot poster suggested that Adobe might better word its warning,
"This book cannot be read aloud using text-to-speech software."
Updated 2000-12-14, 6:55 pm:
TBTF Irregular David Weinberger sends this update:
I just downloaded Alice in Wonderland from the Adobe site and
they've changed the permissions. Now you are allowed to read
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