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Wendy Seltzer Interviewed 72

mpawlo writes "Wendy Seltzer was recently appointed staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Seltzer is also a fellow with the Berkman Center. Greplaw has picked Seltzer's brain on her new position with the EFF, Chilling Effects and the greatest opera tunes."
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Wendy Seltzer Interviewed

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  • But.. (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Are there any pictures?
  • Never knew Alka had a sister....
  • Good choice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Empiric ( 675968 ) * on Saturday August 30, 2003 @06:28PM (#6835249)
    A lawyer with coding experience. Very nice selection for the EFF. She certainly seems to a very good perspective, based on the interview.

    I would think her background would give her a decided advantage in court against opposition such as SCO's legal team. Non-technical lawyers I'd expect would be rather limited in their ability to see the proverbial trees as well as the forest, leading to egregious, easily-destroyable assertions such as SCO's claim that, in effect, "Linux" is one particular whole, when a moment's consideration from one with a technical background would suggest it's actually a very dynamic, variable thing, and that to claim all Linux deployments violate a given set of supposed "infringments" is rather absurd.

    I'd expect Ms. Seltzer will be able to bring good arguments to the table on this and many other Open Source challenges. Kudos to the EFF's fine choice.
  • openlaw (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jeremy Erwin ( 2054 ) on Saturday August 30, 2003 @06:41PM (#6835296) Journal
    Seltzer used to be quite active on a couple of mailing lists dedicated to preparing legal briefs in a Universal v. Remierdes Eldred v Ashcroft and similar legal cases.The lists were (and still are) idealistic and noisy, but the legal discussion (archived by Lexis-Nexis at one point) was a lot of fun.
  • Plagiarism (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Safety Cap ( 253500 )
    As it happens too often here, the editor allowed through a story that is plagiarized. The submitted text was cribbed verbatim from the site (the gratuitous addition of links do not excuse the crime), which fit the definition of plagiarism [] to a tee.

    If one cannot bother to paraphrase [], then perhaps one might consider deferring one's submission, as a courtesy to the original author. After all, some folks work hard to craft the words that we enjoy reading. Why not provide them the common courtesy of respectin

    • Re:Plagiarism (Score:3, Informative)

      by mpawlo ( 260572 )
      I think self-plagiarism is okay. After all, I am the author of both stories...
      • For the sake of argument, I'll assume that your account here and on Greplaw are the same person. That being the case it wouldn't necessarily be plagiarism (depends upon either sites' policy), but as a courtesy to your readers, it would have been helpful to have some sort of disclaimer, or words to the effect of "As I mentioned in my post at Greplaw..."

        In effect, you crossposted and you didn't add any value to the post here. Why even post the link to GrepLaw, when you could've crossposted the entire article

        • "For the sake of argument, I'll assume that your account here and on Greplaw are the same person."

          Paranoid are we?
          There is only one of us and that's me. Your point is null and void since one can not plagiarize oneself. I could be in breach of contract should I have promised to Greplaw to not submit the intro to any other website (which I have not), but one can never plagiarize oneself.

          Since you have falsely accused me of plagiarism I have a hard time taking lessons from you on 'courtesy', but I wi
          • Since you have falsely accused me of plagiarism I have a hard time taking lessons from you on 'courtesy', but I will be a good sport and I will try to rephrase my future submissions to Slashdot if others agree with your position.

            His position is about as nonexistent as a position gets. Please save your valuable time for something useful.
      • I'm guilty of that too, Mikael. :)

    • Luckily, most of us don't attend the University of Melbourne. Usually, readers stop trying to impose academic discipline on ./ right around, say, day one.
  • What the? (Score:3, Funny)

    by helix400 ( 558178 ) on Saturday August 30, 2003 @07:23PM (#6835442) Journal
    from the need-a-brane-for-my-master dept.

    Heh, ya michael, I do think you need one.
  • Wendy was really sharp on the dvd-discuss mailing list. Good for her.
  • She doesn't mention Rigoletto?
    What sort of savage is she?

    If it's not Consolidated Lint, it's just fuzz.

  • "A little song
    A little dance
    A little seltzer
    Down your pants"

    --Chuckles the Clown, Mary Tyler Moore show, funniest episode ever.

    Score: -1, Tasteless