Monday, January 07, 2002
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2002 - the year in the courtroom
2002 is shaping up as the year of the lawyers. MIT has entered the fray with a patent infringement lawsuit against 94 companies over image editing software.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a California company filed a lawsuit in Texas last week claiming that 94 companies - including Microsoft Corp. - have illegally used their patented image editing software.
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An interesting twist on the music front regarding the copying of stuff you buy.
On Friday, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., sent a letter to executives of the recording industry's trade association, asking whether anti-piracy technology on CDs might override consumers' abilities to copy albums they have purchased for personal use.
A 1992 law allows music listeners to make some personal digital copies of their music. In return, recording companies collect royalties on the blank media used for this purpose. For every digital audio tape (DAT), blank audio CD, or minidisc sold, a few cents go to record labels.
Thw W3C has come out with a bushelfull of new proposals for writing and viewing web pages. This sems to be a pre-emptive strike to get standards out there to insure that the web remains free and is not subject to the whims of any single company.
The web works because HTML is an open system.
The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.
The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-proprietary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.
Previously January 4, 2002
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