Sat, 19 Nov 2005

Biennial Copyright Symposium 2005 Copyright-o-rama

I spoke on the copyleft model in software, for 10 minutes as part of a panel. I was particularly careful to stay within the bounds of software, and leave it to others to draw any analogies to other industries. (Many attendees here work for "big copyright" or the collecting agencies).

I was, perhaps, too gentle. Michael Fraser of CAL finished with the "copyright is property just like any other property" extremism which has served them so well ("People are stealing our stuff! We need stronger laws!").

Nonetheless, I learned many things. Some minor, like what sui generis means. But more about how lawyers think.

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