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For a moment, let’s put aside the issue of whether or not file sharing is right or wrong.

Whether or not file sharing is morally permissible, it’s here and it’s not going any where. If the rest of the world learns nothing else from the internet, they should at least take home the following truism: The internet will always do whatever the internet wants.

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xkcd Guitar Hero ComicThe Guitar Hero story that was making the rounds last week was certainly funny, but it’s also a good jumping-off point to talk about that perpetually exciting topic, intellectual property law.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the story, the gist of it is that Gibson is suing Activision (who publishes Guitar Hero) for infringing on a patent that supposedly protects “simulating a musical performance.

The fact that a patent like this was ever even granted is ridiculous. What’s next, a patent for “a method of operating muscles in such a way that air is taken into the lungs and oxygenates the blood“? Read the rest of this entry »


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