Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...

Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Innes A. Park (
Date: Sun Nov 13 2005 - 21:33:19 EST

('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is)  Whilst I approve of your dialectical postition for the sake of balanced debate some of your facts are muddy michael.

>> From UNIX came a professor's toy operating system Minix, and from Minix came Linux. So the lineage is very clear.
 In relation to music and computing CSIRAC (1949) was fully open source long before that. So it may not be as clear as you think.

>Both universities and open source programmers preserve the midieval attitude that the results of scholarship (and software is a form of scholarship among other things) should be freely shared. This is a fundamentally science-based attitude. It is not a business-based or art-based attitude at all.

 This is a falsehood, some of the oldest universities in Europe were based around classes of 12-14 year old boys who had to pay in gold for a peek at the results of scholarship.

 At one university where I was lecturing the system for ordering new software/hardware was so convoluted that I eneded up showing the students how to download demo versions and work around the inbuilt lack of functionality combined with shareware/freeware to create their scouse house tracks. They were marked on analysis of the process rather than the result, probably to differentiate the Lennonists (Lennon had attend the university) from Paul McCartney's fame school next door.

 There is also the issue that the individual is only a product or part of the world which we all share and therefore copyright is an egotistical imbalance that we have to tolerate if we dont want agent orange dumped on our heads. Here in Indochina ethnomusicologists have made extensive recordings of local musicians which are often sold on and archived without payment or in some cases permission and yet others from the same universities complain when the Thais sell liberated copies of Logic etc in order to feed their children.

Which animal has eyes on the end of its arms?

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