Tech industry is a copyright Wild West

Industry eyes tech copyright fight,” Peninsula, Friday

Tech industry is a copyright Wild West

Reading your coverage of the legal battle between Oracle and Google and their respective amici curiae over copyright protection for the Java API reminds me of the Dr. John classic, “Such a Night.” If we don't find a way to fairly value intellectual property, Dr. John might have said, somebody else will. That is where we are now with regard to application programming interfaces, with benefits accruing randomly to some groups and not to others in a field dominated by, well, openness.

For the class of application developers, the advantage of being able to operate extra-legally is obvious when everyone else around you is forced to struggle with myriad laws and regulations. In one sense, it is not unfair because the advantage stems from being the first mover in a given industrial application. It is also supportable on the basis that the economy needs to grow new industries to remain competitive globally and produce more employment opportunities. If application developers are simply ahead of the economic curve, surely there is nothing wrong with giving them their rein.

However, the inefficiency of Wild West-styled markets is legendary. Simply being ahead of the economic curve is not a sustainable model so the days are numbered for the status quo ante. No matter how you slice it, the future will instead produce an organized, borderless market in intellectual property that pays its own way.

Randy Stortroen,

San Francisco

• “Beach Chalet soccer fields can roll out turf,” The City, May 9

Turf will hurt wildlife

I am very much opposed to the installation of artificial turf and intense sports lighting at 7 acres adjoining the Beach Chalet across from Ocean Beach.

This is very shortsighted, and while it gives a few folks a chance to play soccer at night, it destroys the habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and other migratory creatures that come to the edge of the ocean to feed and nest.

It deprives fish and creatures near the shore by distracting them and their prey, confusing them and interrupting their cycles of day and night. In addition, the artificial turf contains toxic substances that adhere to the shoes of users.

There are health consequences to this. I would like to see real turf and lights that can be turned on and off by users when they finish playing. Real turf can be managed so that it is as useful as artificial turf and support living creatures without causing health problems.

Sandra Morey,


• Concerts in Golden Gate Park

Noise bugs park neighbors

On Saturday, I awoke to music playing in Golden Gate Park. Music that was almost as loud as the Outside Lands festival.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that the Recreation and Park Department had permitted yet another festival to be held in the park — this time the Chipotle Cultivate Festival.

I work the graveyard shift. How was I supposed to sleep? Why are the residents of the Richmond and Sunset subjected to these loud concerts?

This is a residential area. If you want to hold a concert, go somewhere else. Stop disturbing the neighborhood.

Of course, the useless supervisor from District 1, Eric Mar, does nothing about it. Remember, this person extended the Outside Lands contract for another eight years.

Al Wong,

San Francisco

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