[FM Discuss] TOC report part one...
adam at flossmanuals.net
Wed Feb 18 14:23:57 PST 2009
On Wed, 2009-02-18 at 13:41 -0500, Andy Oram wrote:
> This is a wonderful summary, Adam, and I hope you can post more. I'd
> like to make a few requests and some comments of my own.
> * Could you blog about this somewhere? Not all the details about
> copyright or even your coffee-drinking habits, but material that would
> help non-FLOSSies learn about the conference.
glad you enjoyed it :) ok, i will work on the last reports and send thru
to the list then put on the FM blog
> * O'Reilly conference keynotes are much better than most tech industry
> keynotes. Instead of VPs droning on about how they meet their
> customers' needs, we try to stimulate new thinking. And as you saw
> with Stein (it's also true of Cory Doctorow), this means bringing in
> keynoters with ideas diametrically opposed to many speakers and
> * The print book industry is in gradual decline, and the computer book
> market in somewhat faster decline. I've managed to find some new
> areas; one always has to take a risk. E-books will inevitably take
> over, leaving print books as luxury artifacts like analog watches, so
> publishers still have some chance to make money the traditional way
> without opening up the whole process. But revenues will be less than
> in the past.
> * O'Reilly is in a position similar to a technologist who is one of the
> first to try a new language or framework. It's painful and costly, but
> we come out with things to teach. All those other publishers who
> attended want to learn what we've done. So as you've said, we can make
> money reporting our experiments even if the experiments have
> questionable revenue.
> * Regarding trade secrets, they do have value in the US. Now for a
> shameless plug for our book Intellectual Property and Open Source,
> which I think anyone who enjoyed Adam's post could benefit from. Its
> chapter on trade secrets uses the Flaming Moe from The Simpsons as a
> case study, and shows that trade secrets can be used to sue people for
> misappropriation (through improper means or a breach of a confidential
> * The earlier writer, to my knowledge, who deeply investigated the idea
> of open up books as conversations was Joseph Esposito in his 2003
> essay "The processed book":
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