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Collaboration is good, SCO

In response to the Oct. 1 Perspectives column by Joe Firmage, "An open-source letter":

To see the foolishness of the SCO Group's posture, imagine that the creator of a copyrighted book alleged that another author plagiarized his work but refused to publicly identify the offending segments. Without public articulation, SCO's case is utterly ridiculous and should be summarily rejected on procedural, if not substantive, grounds.

A better example would be a book "publisher" that claims that a New York Times bestseller infringes copyrights of a book that the first publisher owns but never printed. And it won't say which book was copied or which segments of the book are copied. But pay up!

Regarding the discussion of "communistic" movements, people may be more receptive to open source if you reframe the discussion to be about them being "cooperative" or "collaborative". Families cooperate. Spouses cooperate. Artists collaborate. Cooperation and collaboration are clearly American values, even if they don't apply to everything in practice.

Instead of saying why communism isn't bad, reframe the discussion to terms like cooperation and collaboration to defuse the impact of modern red baiters who try to reactivate our nation's darker and sicker national psyche from the Cold War.

JX Bell
Philadelphia