Thursday, November 29, 2001

FTC looks into software cartels One of the things that's remarkable about Open Source is how many people seem to like it. Indeed, many of its strongest advocates have never contributed a line of code to an OS project. (I don't even run GNU/Linux, just MacOS 9). So I wonder why the FTC has decided to look into the effect of patents and industry cartels on competition. Are they as disgusted as the rest of us with the DoJ's abject capitulation in the Microsoft case? Do they find the DMCA and proposed SSSCA laws repugnant? Do they feel that software patents are intellectually vapid and economically indefensible? In other words, do people at the FTC read slashdot?

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