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Mac Rumors: Apple Mac iOS Rumors and News You Care About

The quote below from Apple’s Phil Schiller is to the point and captures one important reason why a) Apple continues to succeed in the consciousness of consumers and businesses, and b) it’s competitors–the obvious ones, not Google–flounder. (Like all nerds, Google suffers its cluelessness uniquely and repeatedly.)

Schiller explained Apple’s products as a continuum, where you use the “smallest possible gadget to do as much as possible before going to the next largest gizmo in line.”

via Mac Rumors: Apple Mac iOS Rumors and News You Care About.

Understand ‘Safe Harbor’, Schrems v Facebook in under 300 words • The Register

Useful. And highlights the discrepancies in privacy law between European states the the US.

via Understand ‘Safe Harbor’, Schrems v Facebook in under 300 words • The Register

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Copyright Law, the Creative Industries, and Internet Freedom » infojustice

via The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Copyright Law, the Creative Industries, and Internet Freedom » infojustice.

The TPP makes it very difficult, nearly impossible, for copyright difference. It favours monopolistic regimes, such as the provision that copyright extend for the life of the author plus 70 years, that “aspects” of the DMCA be accepted, and that other rules sedimenting property rights held more by big multinationals than by individuals or local organisations be given precedence over local, regional, national rules.

The concerns that these provisions (and others, including those that remain mysterious) would cut into the processes of creativity, as that has been argued relies on the reuse of prior art, quite often without legal consideration. There is also the concern about what “innovation” means in a world so circumscribed; or perhaps that last question need not be asked at all.

Apple dumps VMware ESXi for KVM – Business Insider

There’s a growing demand in the tech industry for free, open-source software that can do what VMware does. With the rise of smartphones and cloud computing, data centers are growing ever-larger to meet swelling demand. That means licensing fees like the kind VMware demands can become a headache for enormous companies like Apple, which run massive data centers to do things like sell apps and content and push software updates.

Source: Apple dumps VMware ESXi for KVM – Business Insider

Statement of KEI on announcement of consensus on Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement | Knowledge Ecology International

There are numerous concerns about the TPP. To begin with, the content has not officially been revealed; only portions leaked have been made public, and it is not clear that the overall document itself has been finalized. KEI’s commentary, by James Love, KEI Director, is short and worth reading.

With regard to copyright, Love writes:

“We are at a disadvantage to comment on the agreement, precisely because of that secrecy. We don’t know if the TPP will mandate a copyright term of life plus 70 years, change the global rules on copyright exceptions, block legislation to limit remedies for the infringement of orphan copyrighted works, require lower standards for granting patents, mandate patents on new uses of old drugs, require patent term extensions, block current U.S. incentives to induce greater transparency of the patent landscape for biologic drugs, mandate remedies for the infringement of patents on surgical methods, block the adoption of useful exceptions to test data, allow drug companies and publishers to challenge exceptions to rights under the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in the agreement, or a hundred other issues of consequence.

These points that Love mentions are significant and not the same as the biological data provision that was evidently resolved though a compromise.

The problem with an accord like this goes beyond the dramatic dilution of national sovereignty, which is frankly not necessarily a bad thing, as some national states are more repressive than others: duh. Rather, it has placed policy creation and, to some extent implementation and resolution, in the hands of those organisations ablest to benefit from it. Right now, these would be multinationals who have the resources to create and destroy local markets.

Source: Statement of KEI on announcement of consensus on Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement | Knowledge Ecology International

stateofthe/notes.md at master · creativecommons/stateofthe · GitHub

via stateofthe/notes.md at master · creativecommons/stateofthe · GitHub.

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