Tag: Gerry MacOstair

Thinking out Loud

It doesn’t take a law degree to understand that one cannot have the exclusive right to use and distribute music, or words, or any other basic tool critical to the creative process. One may have the sole right to exploit individual works created with these tools for a limited time, but the tools themselves are “public domain”, they belong to everyone.

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The Copyright Protection Disaster

A just directive always adheres to the principles of legal philosophy. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, passed by the European Parliament, is (in its current form) failing these principles spectacularly. That the legislators did not even try to disguise their true intentions is audacious.

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I Am Not a Feminist

One of my readers demanded to know why I chose to remain silent on International Women’s Day (IWD). “At least, you could have expressed your respect for the cause”, she stated. Well, I did, my dear, by observing a day’s silence. For silence appears to be the only approach that’s not been taken in this regard during the past 100 years. Read more…

Blackboard Jungle, Part 5: Cogito Ergo Sum

I would like the precious reader to honestly answer the following three questions: Can you name three practical applications of curve discussion? Can you name five modal verbs? Can you name three principal tributaries to the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang)? (Don’t cheat! Yes, “Dr Google” knows, but I did ask you.) Read more…

Blackboard Jungle, Part 4: Anecdotes and Musings

There is a quasi–permanent debate about the education system — with a tendency to get particularly hot during election campaigns — that usually revolves around costs and pretends to have quality in mind. Yet I hardly ever hear of new strategies to ensure a general education level that meets modern professional and academic challenges, or contemporary tactics to achieve as much, being considered. Read more…