Sean Collins

sean [at] seanmcollins [dot] com

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sean [at] coreitpro [dot] com

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Faux Outrage

Diva Stubs Her Little Toe

My copyright has been violated by his reproduction....His use does not fall under fair-use, or commentary. It is simple theft.

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How much of someone else's work can I use without getting permission? Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting the use of a specific number of words, a certain number of musical notes, or percentage of a work. Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on all the circumstances. See FL 102, Fair Use, and Circular 21, Reproductions of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians.

Rixstep’s articles used quotes from the Stepwise site as part of a criticism of the OPENSTEP to Mac OS X transition after NeXT and Apple merged. It was also commentary on the merger, as well as OPINION on the part of Rixstep. Anyone with half a brain and decent eyesight can pick out the parts where Stepwise was quoted, and where Rixstep was stating their opinion. They weren’t mixed. There was no ambiguity.

I did not write this for him. I did not write this for him to steal and misrepresent. I do not agree that we were 'lead down the garden path', nor that there was a bait and switch.

Nobody ever through you did.

The reason why any of this matters is because someone didn’t like what Rixstep had to say. The easiest way to bring him down was to use the DMCA like a sword and stab anyone in the heart that doesn’t agree with you completely. That’s all it is. They don’t agree with the conclusions that Rixstep has reached and rather than discussing it or debating it on factual grounds they’re more inclined to submit news articles to Digg and complain that their work has been “stolen” by someone.

“What is Rixstep doing to Stepwise?”

What was funny is take a look at some of the comments that got “dugg down”

What a f---ing baby

Bam! -7 diggs.

I think you hit the nail on the head. Stepwise has been pretty low activity lately. Not too many people interested in WebObjects any more, and theres not really that much Cocoa stuff on it.He's just using this as a dumb excuse to take the site down

Bam! -2 Diggs.

Anyway, I think this is totally crazy. Almost as crazy as that woman suing the Internet Archives for caching her content.One digger already caught on to the similarity.

Also, better get someone on Google's cache of Stepwise. Don't think google asked for permission to repost this.

BAM! -8 diggs.