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Changes at OSI and Grokster Article on LWN
Saturday, February 05 2005 @ 01:05 PM EST

I thought I'd mention that I have an article on LWN.net today, "Grokster, The Little Engine That Could Chugs Up One Last Hill." I try to describe the positions of all sides -- in this lawsuit there are more than two -- as they prepare for the oral hearings before the Supreme Court on March 29. It's currently subscriber-only content, but it's easy to get a sub. It includes information on attending the hearings, for those optimists thinking they might be interested in trying to get a seat, as well as where you will find transcripts and video eventually. You might also want to read this Andrew Orlowski article on alternative licensing models for digital music and Professor William "Terry" Fisher of Harvard's Berkman Center's book, "Promises to Keep". There is also an article on Dell's new anti-IP theft computers, a Hollywood dream come true.

While you are there at LWN, you might check their Letters to the Editor page, where Leon Brooks has two excellent examples of how to write to an editor to educate him or her on the SCO case. There is also a very funny interview with the new president of OSI, Russ Nelson.

Here's OSI's announcement of the expansion of the board and the legal team, who will now be, in the position of General Counsel, Mark F. Radcliffe, Esq., a partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, whose speciality is IP law and who has written about the SCO cases and the GPL, not so favorably, on his blog. OSI's Director of Legal Affairs is now Laura Majerus, Esq., a partner at Fenwick & West, LLP, one of whose clients is Sun Microsystems. I believe Mr. Radcliffe also helped to advise the company on the new CDDL. Danese Cooper of Sun is also still on the board of OSI, and the other board member is Michael Tiemann. I think it's fair to say that there is now a strong Sun presence at OSI. At least that is the impression I have formed.

There is also an extremely gracious statement by Eric Raymond, which I would like to include in Groklaw's permanent archives of this historic time:

"One of the natural growth passages of a successful institution is outgrowing the need for its founders to be running things," said Eric S. Raymond, founder and outgoing President. Raymond, under the title President Emeritus, will continue to do outreach and ambassadorial work for OSI. "One of the most important parts of any founder or leader's responsibility is to know when to step aside and let that growth happen."

Finally, here's a funny "public service announcement" from Novell for Windows NT users who now have lost technical support and can't get patches any more unless they upgrade.


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