Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Deserved Shout-Out to the Technology Liberation Front

I have expressed dismay over many of the recent posts at the Technology Liberation Front. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read Cord Blomquist's: “Special 301 Watchlist” Threatens Open-Source Software. In light of my prior criticisms, it is important for me to publicly acknowledge positive events when they occur.

Cord writes:

"That inclusion is being pushed for by the International Intellectual Property Alliance, an umbrella group which includes the MPAA and RIAA. This is, of course, a brazen move by US corporations to force these developing nations to use their expense proprietary software instead of the cheaper open-source alternatives available.

This is exactly the kind of things libertarians should abhore—government being co-opted by corporations so that policies can be made in order to defend their interests, instead of our rights."

The “Special 301 Watchlist” was also covered in Against Monopoly: "IIPA thinks open source equals piracy" and in the TechDirt article: "IIPA's Section 301 Filing Shows It's Really Not At All Interested In Reducing Copyright Infringement"

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