[Cerowrt-devel] [FCC] some comments from elsewhere on the lockdown

Dave Taht dave.taht at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 07:15:57 EDT 2015

On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 12:33 PM, David P. Reed <dpreed at reed.com> wrote:
> I love copy left thinking. I worry that I can't sign something so
> provocative, because it invokes regulatory overreach.
> The letter is taking a totalitarian turn, asking government to go beyond
> choice. I thought we were reducing the power of the FCC Iintitution, but now
> it is a call for extreme control.


If you could point to the paragraphs you are objecting to, we can
resolve your issues. Hopefully. The ultimate control should reside in
the owner, and I thought we'd brought that out sufficiently.

> Instead of innovation it seeks control over innovators.
> On Sep 30, 2015, Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:
>> On Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:11:38 -0400, Christopher Waid said:
>>>> Apparently, they were of the opinion that the mere fact that I might
>>>> die of a heart attack a year after distributing something doesn't
>>>> excuse me from complying.)
>>> I don't know if it does excuse you from complying, but I say good luck
>>> to the person trying to get it enforced.
>> They could quite possibly hassle the executor of my estate if they were
>> sufficiently determined.
>> But given that abandonware (both software and hardware) is a big chunk
>> of the problem, we really *do* need to address the problem of companies
>> that can't provide patches because they've gone under. Possibly a
>> requirement that they open-source the hardware/software if possible?
>> (That's another can-o-worms - consider that a big chunk of why NVidia
>> doesn't open-source their proprietary graphics drivers is because there's
>> a lot of OpenGL-related patents and trade secrets that Microsoft bought
>> when
>> there was the big fire sale when SGI got out of the graphics market - so
>> it's quite possible that a vendor *can't* open-source it when they go
>> under due to licensing issues...)
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