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Schism in the open-source world: GPL vs. DRM

It’s been brewing for a while, but a fissure in the world of open-source software may be about to widen dramatically.At issue: digital rights management (DRM), the technology that allows copyright holders to restrict how you use the media they publish.On the line: the latest version of the General Public License (GPL), the legal framework that establishes the ground rules for developing, using and distributing open-source software…. The man behind Linux, Linus Torvalds, wants to leave options open for open-source developers to introduce DRM to their software.The positions in a nutshell, as reported by ZDNet:The foundation believes that free software–that is, software that can be freely studied, copied, modified, reused, redistributed and shared by its users–is the only ethically satisfactory form of software development, as free and open scientific research is the only ethically satisfactory context for the conduct of mathematics, physics or biology.

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Steve Page on artists and copyright

From the BNL Blog: As I've said to friends, we can't expect to tell our fans "see you in court" and then "see you at Massey Hall next fall" – we have to choose one, and I choose the latter.

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Comments and blogs: If I could talk to the animals…

The Washington Post recently shut off comments on its post.blog, following a flurry of angry ripostes to its ombudsman's clumsy handling of complaints over the paper's coverage of the Jack Abramoff affair. Commenting has been partly restored; you now have to e-mail...

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Speechlist Issue #5: Seven steps to powerful quotations

Issue 5 - January 25, 2006 IN THIS ISSUE... 1. Opening words 2. Feature article: Can I quote you on that? 3. Catch Rob at the Ragan Speechwriting Conference, February 8-10 4. Your reading list 5. Ever thought of blogging? 6. Subscribing, unsubscribing and passing...

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Bloggers 1, Bulte 0

I have a story in this week's Straight Goods on the Sarmite Bulte affair, where bloggers turned a Liberal MP's cozy relationship with large media rights-holders into an election issue: There were other factors at play, of course. Mayor David Miller endorsed Nash as...

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I (heart) Scott Feschuk’s blog

The campaign is over. And whether you're stocking up on canned food because the barbarians are pounding on the gates, or delighted because you've never gone in for the country's whole "Ooh, we're so Canadian! We have Medicare and most of us are unarmed!" thing, maybe...

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Great roundup of social media and the 2006 campaign

If you want the low-down on how the parties used social media (such as blogs, tagging and newsfeeds) in the campaign that culminates in Monday's vote, then drop by Kate Trgovac's site. She has links to five articles she wrote for the One Degree internet marketing web...

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Gung Haggis Fat Choy

A quick note: I keep meaning to mention Todd Wong and the GungHaggisFatChoy blog. Throughout this campaign, Todd has kept up gentle but relentless pressure on the Chinese head tax redress issue -- on his blog and in the media. He's been very open about his growing...

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Watch the results with the digerati

Darren Barefoot is gathering the clans for drinks on election night, Jan. 23: Last week, I suggested that we have a little get-together to watch the election. After careful consideration, we’re going to meet at the Library Square Public House. Here are the details:...

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Introducing Confeederation

There are a surprising number of blogging candidates in this election... but how to keep on top of all of them? Here's one answer (and the latest Social Signal project): Confeederation. Confeederation is your one-stop source to read blog posts from candidates in the...

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Public speaking and speechwriting: the essential guides

(photo of books with text) Leadership communications: the essential guides

Looking for advice on public speaking, speechwriting and leadership communications? Here are some of my most comprehensive posts, on topics that people ask me about most often.

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