Understanding Software Patents

Hartmut Pilch

“My message to the patent world is: Either get back to the doctrines of forces of nature or face the elimination of your system.”

Hartmut Pilch of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) gives insights into the history of patent law, the theoretical shortcomings of the concept of software patents and their consequences. Interview with Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler

“It’s that new diversity of ways of creating information and exchanging it, that characterizes the Network information economy.”

Markus Beckedahl from speaks with law professor Yochai Benkler about his book “The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom” and some of his thoughts on the developments and influences of collaborative work and peer production on the net.

Software and Community in the Early 21st Century

Eben Moglen, Paul Everitt, Richard Stallman

“It began as a moral question. […] But it becomes along the way also a window into the economic organization of the human society in the 21st century.”

Eben Moglen, chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, gives a keynote at the October 2006 Plone conference in Seattle.

Software Patents and the EU

Eva Lichtenberger

„Ja das war ein Lehrbeispiel für Lobbyismus in Brüssel.“

As a member of the European Parlament for the Austrian Green Party Eva Lichtenberger gives an introduction into the decision-making processes of the European Parliament and the political situation and state of discussion in Brussels when the debate about software patents reached new peaks in September 2004 and July 2005.

The Great Failure of Wikipedia

Jason Scott

“Wikipedia holds up the dark mirror of what humanity is, to itself.”

At Notacon 3 Jason Scott speaks about Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales design choices and their consequences.

Keywords: Jason Scott, Notacon

The Ethics of the Free Culture Movement

Lawrence Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain

“[T]he critical thing to recognize […] is that the legal code is not free culture – you are free culture. The legal code is just the ‘plumbing’ of free culture, it’s code”. 

In the plenary session of Wikimania 2006 Lawrence Lessig explains his notion of the difference between “read-only” and “read-write” cultures. Subsequently he addresses Creative Commons and the above mentioned idea of legal code as foundation – as the “plumbing” of free culture. Most importantly might be the statements of bringing the licences Creative Commons and Wikipedia’s GNU Free Documentation License closer together to provide people broadest possibilities.

A reflection on the Microsoft antitrust penalty hearing 2006

Carlo Piana

“Money is not a problem for them.”

A short interview that was taken right after the from on a historical day in the Microsoft antitrust penalty hearings in Brussels, 30 March 2006.

The interviewee is Carlo Piana from Tamos, Piana & Partners (Milano) who served as a counsel to the Free Software Foundation Europe and an intervenor during the hearing.

The Free Software Movement and the Future of Freedom

Richard Stallman

“The best thing is if you can make some Free Software, the next best thing is if you don’t make any software, and the worst thing is if you make some proprietary software.”

Richard Stallman explains the ethical principles behind the concept of Free Software and the GNU project.

Software Monopolies and Open Source

Danese Cooper

 “And so they decided – because they could – to write their own world!”

Danese Cooper, board member of the Open Source Initiative, gives a short introduction about the relationship between software companies, software patents and the concept of Open Source.

Software Monopolies and Open Source Pt. II

Danese Cooper

So it used to be if you joined the patent consortium and you’re helping to set a standard, you could basically print money.”

Danese Cooper, board member of the Open Source Initiative, gives a short introduction about the relationship between software companies, software patents and the concept of Open Source.