Live license-friendly with liblicense

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| Creative Commons (CC) cares about licensing. It has drafted and shared its
| own suite of licenses for artistic works catering to a wide range of needs,
| advocated license awareness, and contributed to projects that make both
| finding and publishing CC-licensed works simpler. Now it is seeking to make
| licensing enlightenment an everyday part of desktop computer usage with
| liblicense.
| Liblicense is cross-platform, portable C library that allows developers to
| make applications "license-aware" with respect to data files.

An Introduction to Free Software.

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| What is free software?
| Free software is software that respects its user’s freedom. With free
| software the user is free to use the program as they wish. They are free to
| study how the program works, and to distribute copies of the software. They
| are free to improve the software and to re-distribute copies of the improved
| version, to support their community.


Radiohead album bets on fast release, open pricing

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| The release of popular rock group Radiohead's new album next week is the
| latest wake-up call for a music industry still struggling to deal with the
| advent of digital music, experts say.

Why popstars are going it alone

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| Music industry lobby groups have long been among the most vocal advocates of
| copyright reform, urging governments worldwide to prioritise intellectual
| property protection. *
| [...]
| Last week, Radiohead released its latest CD without copy-controls on its
| website under a pay-as-you like system (Canada's Issa - formerly known as
| Jane Siberry - has successfully employed a similar approach for many years). *
| The Radiohead announcement has unleashed a stunning series of follow-up
| moves - reports indicate that Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Jamiroquai, the
| Charlatans, and Madonna have either left or are ready to leave their record
| labels in search of greater commercial success through live performances,
| merchandise sales, and other online innovation that may include free
| distribution of their music. * * *

Defendant: RIAA abusing courts to shore up "failing business model"

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| After the lawsuit was filed, Njuguna said she boxed up the PC reportedly used
| for infringement and purchased a new one. She then filed a series of
| counterclaims to the RIAA's lawsuit in an attempt to have the lawsuit
| dismissed and her name cleared. One of those accuses the record labels of
| failing to negotiate in good faith. * *
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| Njugana also accuses the RIAA of engaging in deceptive and unfair trade
| practices, arguing that the record labels have demonstrated repeated behavior
| that has an "adverse effect on the public interest." She also cites former
| RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen's lawsuit (which seeks class-action status) as
| evidence that, unless the courts step in at some point, the RIAA will
| continue its campaign. * *

The RIAA will come to regret its court win

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| And, he told his blog readers: "If [the industry tries to] keep up the
| strategy of 'you need us badly and therefore we make the rules' you will lose
| the artists, their managers... and the audience. Another 12 months for this
| Radiohead experiment to become the default approach. Get engaged or get
| outmoded. And do it soon." * *

Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against Universal
| Music Publishing Group (UMPG), asking a federal court to protect the fair use
| and free speech rights of a mother who posted a short video of her toddler
| son dancing to a Prince song on the Internet. *