I’ll follow-up yesterday’s mostly political tab sweep with one that’s a little closer to home for (I think) most readers: Pieces about the Web and how we do and should live on it and use it.
British Telewhat? · Recently I keep running into smart people doing interesting things at BT, which, considered as Yet Another Big Old Telecom, you wouldn’t think a very interesting place.
And then last week at OSCON another Really Interesting Person With Whom I Often Disagree But Is Smart Anyhow told me he was being snapped up. Curiouser and curiouser; to give you a flavor, check out JP’s The customer is the scarcity and @psd’s ETSI 2.0. I’ll be watching ’em.
All of these were when they made their initial splash, but if
you didn’t see them then they’ll reward reading now even if their age is now
measured in (gasp) weeks.
Item: Content is a Service Business by Andrew Savikas.
Item: Freemium - Shmeemium by David Semeria.
Item: Women in Open Source — the canary in the coal mine by David Eaves.
Canadian Copyright & Lennon & McCartney · Up here in Canada, we’ve got a process under way to revise our copyright law. In the USA, this was the process that led to the DMCA, and there are forces who’d like us to adopt something equally insidious. I keep thinking I should file a submission, but I read the conversations so far and it’s full of input from people who are both more authoritative and eloquent than I.
This story is complicated and fast-moving, but if you want to follow this, there’s only one place you need to go, Michael Geist’s blog. Start with Responding to the Copyright Consultation: My Short Answer.
Speaking of copyright, I recently read Jackson Assets Draw the Gaze of Wall Street in the New York Times, and my blood ran cold. I can sorta kinda open up to the idea of extending the notion of “property” to something that can be copied at zero cost without taking the original away, pitched as a way to reward creatives and encourage creation.
But when that leads to finance creeps prowling around the MJ estate to get their filthy fucking claws on the Beatles tunes I grew up with, the copyright-law chain of logic really breaks down in my mind; it starts to feel like pirating the Beatles catalog and giving to the world for free would not only be OK but maybe a moral imperative.
I wonder what Paul and Ringo think?