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With Amazon your ebooks are rented

by @ Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009. Filed under Copyfight, Emerging, Grumbles, New Media, New Paradigms, Security & Privacy

The Portable Consultant was both dismayed and amused to read that Amazon does not actually “sell” the books you “buy” for your Kindle. Let’s be clear: if your property can be altered, recalled, or reclaimed by the seller without your permission and knowledge you never really owned that property. Home foreclosure and car repossession are […]

Adobe DRM and Carl Malamud’s Yes We Scan Campaign

by @ Sunday, March 22nd, 2009. Filed under Copyfight, Grumbles, New Paradigms, Open Source

Having enjoyed Carl Malamud’s 1992 book Exploring the Internet: A Technical Travelogue, I was interested to hear that he is still pursuing his attempts to free public information from the reluctant hands of bureaucrats through his “Yes We Scan” campaign for Public Printer of the United States.

It’s about ‘fair use’, Mr. Minister

by @ Saturday, January 5th, 2008. Filed under Copyfight, Grumbles

The other morning The Portable Consultant caught the second part of a two part interview (RealMedia ram) with Canada’s Industry Minister Jim Prentice on CBC’s (very) early morning business show, The Business Network. (It’s sad that this business show is relegated to the ridiculously early time slot of 5:45 AM in Canada’s centre of business, […]

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