Archive | July 27, 2004

JibJab threatened with copyright infringement

Outrageous! Parody or Satire, the hysterical JibJib take-off on “This
Land is Your Land” deserves protection as a work of art. There is
something wrong with a copyright system that doesn’t protect but rather
prevents the priviledge to use a song that has become part of American
culture. The song is sixty years old, and it’s author sadly left us too
soon, nearly four decades ago.
Parody or Satire? Threat To Sue JibJab [Slashdot:]
The Founding Fathers intended copyright (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8)
“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by
securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive
Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;” and the Congress
created a 14-year term for copyrights, later doubled, doubled again and
has since expanded to many times. Let us return to the Founder’s
Copyright or the doubled term, and return to the modern world the right
to use, derive and build on the great works of those who have come
before us.

Google’s got Bosworth: wow, what’s next from them?

Steve Gillmor makes some interesting predictions
in his news that Adam Bosworth has moved from BEA to Google: Google’s
quiet in its pre-IPO phase, but Steve tells Microsoft: Be afraid.

Interesting news, too: ECMAScript has been standardized with XML
datatypes, effectively making it the XML scripting language. That
should make for some interesting applications. Thanks to The Doc Searls Weblog for the link.

Rick Strahl: Flexible Web Service Consumption Using VFP

Rick Strahl’s got a great article on his site that shows how VFP can
consume more complex Web Services than the silly “Hello, World”
examples, using Rick’s free wwSOAP classes. I recently worked with a
client who was transferring data back and forth (from a non-Microsoft
based service) using parameter objects, and the VFP work was not
trivial. Wish I’d had this article then. Great stuff!

[Updated, a better link and article — ed]

“Article: Calling .Net Web Services for Data Access with Visual FoxPro.
Find out how to create a .Net Web Service that serves up data in a
variety of ways, then see how to consume this data with Visual FoxPro.
.Net Web Services are easy to develop, debug and deploy, but consuming
the data, especially with Visual FoxPro is not always as straight
forward as you might think. This article discusses how to pass complex
data between .Net Web Services and Visual FoxPro and provides several
tools to facilitate and standardize the process of building solid Web
Service clients for your applications and workaround some of the
limitations. By West Wind Technologies.” Link via FoxCentral News

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