Dave Winer spoke at Stanford Law School’s CIS‘s lunch series yesterday — a successful presentation from all reports. Dave apparently was very convincing. Word is that every SLS student entering next year will be offered a weblog, says Prof. Lessig. We have good reason to believe that they’re not the only one about to roll out such an initiative. (Wouldn’t it be cool if we could figure out a way meaningfully to integrate these growing communities of interest?)
A huge victory for EFF, Stanford’s CIS, those famous Swarthmore students, our own Derek Slater — and frankly everyone who is interested in the principles behind the First Amendment — as Diebold has filed with the court to indicate that it wishes at this point neither to sue those who posted the e-voting-related documents on the Web nor to pursue further the DMCA notices filed with ISPs to require take-down (via Donna and others). Fingers crossed that the court approves.
An excellent decision. Bravo, in particular, to those who put themselves in harm’s way for an important principle, and to those who stood behind them. (See Prof. Lessig’s post for what you should do about it).
The Harvard Crimson ran an op-ed I wrote about the Diebold matter. The focus is on Derek Slater’s story here at Harvard, but it’s meant also to talk about the awful position in which universities are placed by this law. How is a university supposed to choose between thinking of itself as an ISP and availing itself of the safe harbors in the law, protecting its endowment, and standing tall as an academic institution first and foremost, protecting its integrity? FWIW, I am delighted that Harvard has stood behind Derek and acknowledged his fair use defense. I realize that’s a very big deal.
There’s much more to be done on this issue.