Worth a read: the papers for the Conference on the Public Domain at Duke Law School.
Update (2001-11-19): I’ve read “Romans, Roads and Romantic Creators: Traditions of Public Property in the Information Age”, by Carol M.Rose. I’ll be going back for more reading matter!
Yesterday I attended a small “Microsoft Web Services Developer Conference” here in Brussels, Belgium. Microsoft, or at least its representatives on the conference, went all the way in trying to convince the audience that they are truly opening up their platform and very willing to show that dot-net is an interoperable platform. For what it’s worth: Visual J# will be like the Java language (and standard libraries!) in JDK 1.1.4 – cute if you have to port old Java applications, but useless for serious current Java developments. On the other hand, collaboration between an Enterprise JavaBean running in IBM Websphere on one machine and a Visual Basic.NET application on another PC went flawlessly – thanks to SOAP.