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[News] The Economist Decides to Embrace Freedom Software

  • Subject: [News] The Economist Decides to Embrace Freedom Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 18:10:56 +0100
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The Economist and Launchpad

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| Economist logoThe online team at The 
| Economist recently set up a Launchpad 
| project, using a commercial subscription. I 
| asked Mark Theunissen, from The Economist 
| Group, about their plans.
| Mark: Weâre migrating the existing 
| Economist.com stack from Coldfusion/Oracle 
| to a LAMP stack running Drupal. At present, 
| weâre about half way through â if you visit 
| a blogs page, channel page, or comments 
| page they will be served from Drupal, but 
| the home page and actual articles are still 
| served from Coldfusion. Thereâs a migration 
| and syncronisation process happening in the 
| background between Oracle and MySQL. 


The Economist To Go Open Source

,----[ Quote ]
| The world renowned Economist Magazine is 
| migrating its infrastructure from 
| proprietary to an Open Source stack. 
| According to this blog post on Launchpad, 
| The Economist is migrating its existing 
| stack "from Coldfusion/Oracle to a LAMP 
| stack running Drupal," says Mark Theunissen 
| from the Economist Group.



Copyright and wrong

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| The moral case, although easy to sympathise
| with, is a way of trying to have oneâs cake
| and eat it. Copyright was originally the
| grant of a temporary government-supported
| monopoly on copying a work, not a property
| right. From 1710 onwards, it has involved a
| deal in which the creator or publisher
| gives up any natural and perpetual claim in
| order to have the state protect an
| artificial and limited one. So it remains.
| The question is how such a deal can be made
| equitably. At the moment, the terms of
| trade favour publishers too much. A return
| to the 28-year copyrights of the Statute of
| Anne would be in many ways arbitrary, but
| not unreasonable. If there is a case for
| longer terms, they should be on a renewal
| basis, so that content is not locked up
| automatically. The value society places on
| creativity means that fair use needs to be
| expanded and inadvertent infringement
| should be minimally penalised. None of this
| should get in the way of the enforcement of
| copyright, which remains a vital tool in
| the encouragement of learning. But tools
| are not ends in themselves.

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