October 11, 2001
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Bad Law

Michael Fraase's Arts and Farces may have been the first industry ezine -- a hypertext periodical, distributed on floppy disk, years before the Web.

Arts and Farces is back, and Fraase weighs in with an intelligent (and scary) speculation on how the US Congress, in the name of Security, is planning to make copy protection mandatory for everyone and everything. I don't follow Fraase's argument that this would criminalize PERL and Apache, but it clearly would give Gates, Bertelsmann, and Murdoch constructive (and permanent) ownership of our culture. Also important: Fraase's latest essay argues that, when it comes to software development teams, small is good.