Malware, MacOS, and Mayhem

It’s Alliteration Monday here at Info/Law! Ars Technica has a great write-up on the Mac Defender malware that’s been infecting hipsters‘ MacBooks left and right. Apple started by ignoring the problem, and has subsequently woken up and started to use features such as File Quarantine to deal with it. Belated, but laudable. I have three [...]

Android and the Perils of Open Source

Over at Tim Bray’s Android Developers Blog, there is a fascinating post by Dan Morrill, the Open Source & Compatibility Program Manager for Android. (“Program Manager” is tech-speak; it generally means someone who tries to make sure that the trains run on time and that a given program / project stays on track to meeting [...]

“Shrinking the Commons”: Today, Linux is open-source. Tomorrow, …?

I spent the summer finishing up a paper that I have been working on (off-again, on-again) for the better part of a year. The result is Shrinking the Commons: Termination of Copyright Licenses and Transfers for the Benefit of the Public, and it’s now available on SSRN. Readers of this blog with an interest in [...]

Zittrain Warns of the Cloud

Jonathan Zittrain expands on the themes in his must-read book this morning in a must-read New York Times op-ed about the shift toward cloud computing. A taste of the main point: [T]he most difficult challenge — both to grasp and to solve — of the cloud is its effect on our freedom to innovate. The [...]

Open Source and Cloud Computing

My friend and former Berkman co-worker Aaron Williamson, who is a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center, was kind enough to talk with my Internet Law class about how open source works in a cloud computing environment. Aaron was good enough to let me post my notes on his talk – with fervent apologies [...]

Talking Open Source in Cincinnati

I’ll be speaking on Monday at the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association‘s first annual seminar on the open source phenomenon (with a current focus on open source software that I hope will begin to abate in future iterations of the seminar). More important, I’ll be avidly listening: there are some dynamite speakers and topics on [...]

Can I Write My Next Law Review Article in Google Docs?

That day appears to have moved one step closer with the news that the free Google Docs service now supports footnotes, a functionality presently indispensable to legal academic writing (although occasionally controversial). Now if we can just get the law review editors to stop insisting on Microsoft Word, we will be getting somewhere.

Congressman From Hollywood to Yield His Chair

Ars Technica has reported that a chain reaction resulting from the death of Congressman Tom Lantos may mark a significant improvement in the line-up of chairmanships influential on Info/Law issues. (It may seem a bit ghoulish to speculate on the spoils right after the death of a great legislator like Lantos, a towering figure in [...]

Notes on Ubuntu – But Does Anyone Care?

At Lotusphere 2008, IBM announced that Lotus Notes 8.5 will run on Ubuntu Linux 7.0. This shows IBM’s ongoing commitment to Linux – even on the desktop. And any Linux desktop users help IBM in its ongoing competition with Microsoft. (Domino, the server side to Notes, runs on virtually everything. I remember testing it on [...]

Trademarks, Resurrected

My former employer Lotus has (re)-launched Symphony, an office applications suite that competes with Microsoft Office. (Yes, I know this is like sending Elmo to take on Darth Vader.) Symphony uses Open Document Format, an open standard for application files. The fun part is that this is the sequel to Symphony – the original, released [...]