2002 September 16 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-09-16 18:40:24)

Ernest Miller’s commentary on Larry Lessig’s Red Herring article on Palladium is out. It’s comprehensive and thorough in its challenges to Larry’s take on Palladium, and it ultimately points to one of the implicit dangers in suggesting that Palladium can be domesticated – lulling users into a false sense of security.

TCS does it again – publishes an article guaranteed to p*ss me off!

Larry’s most recent weblog posting has to do with a discussion with Ted Shelton of Borland, who posits a computer program that writes novels and asks about the copyright implications. While I have a certain take on it (posted yesterday), this article from today’s New York Times cannot go unremarked!

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  • LawMeme’s Ernest Miller comments on the Lessig Red Herring article on Palladium. With lots of links and thoroughly covering the discussion, Ernest ultimately concludes that the greatest risk inherent in articles like Larry’s is that they may lull the user into accepting technologies like Palladium without realizing just how thoroughly they revise the architecture of freedom in computing.
  • If you want to read a truly effective screed against the GPL, see this article at Tech Central Station from David Henderson. The rhetorical instruments used are so noxious, I expect to see this picked up by Microsoft (assuming it wasn’t already subsidized by them!) See the criminally incorrect Sun Solaris example that is used in the text to see what I mean. Update: Ernest Miller got beyond mad and decided to dissect the article here, while GrepLaw suggests stronger remedies.