Hard to imagine but it is our history

March 1, 2010

Seen via Planet Debian: this fascinating quote from a Pennsylvania court in 1853.

Before publication [the author] has the exclusive possession of his invention. His dominion is perfect. But when he has published his book and given his thoughts, sentiments, knowledge or discoveries to the world, he can have no longer an exclusive possession of them. Such an appropriation becomes impossible, and is inconsistent with the object of publication. The author’s conceptions have become common property of his readers, who cannot be deprived of the use of them, or their right to communicate them to others clothed in their own language, by lecture or by treatise.

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Smartphones receive holy blessing

January 25, 2010

Seen via Slashdot: blessed be the mobile users and those called the children of iPod.

Plow Monday is normally for blessing laborers and their tools; as the name suggests it is aimed at those who work the land. A church service in London, England Monday decided to go after a more modern audience: office workers and their modern communication gadgets. From the Times article: ‘The congregation at St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London raised their mobiles and iPods above their heads and Canon Parrott raised his voice to the heavens to address the Lord God of all Creation. "May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible," he said.’"

A fascinating event in the future of religion..

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Sites to keep your music legal

July 23, 2009

Useless — doesn’t even mention 3hive or netlabels like 8bitpeoples (although they do mention Hype Machine). The article on CNN.

Online music is confusing these days.

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