QUOTE(Bikerdad @ Mar 23 2008, 10:32 PM)
When do the rights of a company over weigh the security of democracy?
The company has no rights, the individual citizens who own the company have rights. Securing those rights is the job of a democracy.
Is intellectual property a valid argument or a sham in this case? Its not the argument being made. The argument is a contractural one. The county signed a contract, nuff said. If they're so concerned about securing democracy (a worthy concern I must note), they should simply stop using the machines.
they have the right to threaten a university professor as thought police?
Not thought police, simply protecting their contracts. The county made a bad contract, they should renegotiate. If the county refuses to rengegotiate, then the county commisioners should be booted by their constitutents. Bringing the police power of the state to bear in order to violate the contract is wrong.
wrong a company does have rights as determined by the supreme court. So do we have a democracy if a corporation determines the vote count?
It is the argument, they say that intellectual property will be http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index....xml&coll=1
Sequoia threatened to sue Union County if Rajoppi turned over voting machines to Princeton Universityprofessor Edward Felten for analysis. Sequoia executives said the study would violate the terms of their licensing agreement and put their "trade secrets" at risk.
the purpose of the licensing is to protect their trade secrets. as I said this is ridiculous, this is a project that is so simple to write. it is a simple counting machine... I can not think of a much simpler program. so the so called trade secrets are just a total sham. to not have real open review is a security risk of national importance..
The reason I say thought police is until a crime is committed you can not take action on it. why is a company threatening anyone... specially a university... they can threaten the owner all they want. and hopefully the owner will sue for a fraudulent product and get a court order to have it independently investigated.