Archive for August, 2004

Grokster opinion adds fuel to IICA blaze

Media attention is focusing on the 9th Circuit’s opinion in the Grokster case, saying that P2P software providers can breathe another sigh of relief. But this isn’t reallly where the action is. The real action is some extremely fast-track behind the scenes work being done to revise S. 2560, the Inducing Infringements of Copyright Act […]

Information Technology and the Cultural Peep Show

Back in April, I was one of the speakers at the inaugural symposium for Gustavus’s president, Jim Peterson. My remarks on Information Technology and the Cultural Peep Show briefly explained the signficance of the trend towards what is often called “pay per view” — though I don’t like that name, since payment isn’t what concerns […]

Liberal Arts Computer Science

“Liberal arts” n pl (14c) . . . 2: the studies (as language, philosophy, history, literature, abstract science) in a college or university intended to provide chiefly general knowledge and to develop the general intellectual capacities (as reason and judgment) as opposed to professional or vocational skills. – Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary At the […]

Trial Win: Tim Donoughue Nabs $300k+ Judgement Against Rogue Programmer

Houston — I (’91) represented Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) in a trial against a former employee who developed software for the company. After developing a beta and turning over the object code for testing, the employee refused to submit the source code to the company. Subsequently, he blackmailed the company, demanding additional compensation before […]