So it is with one particularly virulent strain of oppression called
"Intellectual Property", or more accurately "Intellectual Monopoly", the
bastard son of the unholy triumvirate - Copyrights; Patents and Trademarks.
My attention was recently drawn to one particularly poignant example of
such oppression, on the Creative Labs message boards. A volunteer, who
goes by the pseudonym of daniel_k, had succeeded in accomplishing
something that Creative Labs (with all their resources) apparently could
not - fully functional X-Fi drivers for Windows Vista. This magnificent
achievement was subsequently rewarded with a notification to cease and
desist, accompanied by the veiled threat of litigation.