Remember the great (one could almost say venomous) enthusiasm with which the Department of Justice went after Microsoft last decade? Our government was convinced that Microsoft was an unfair monopoly, pushing it’s weaker competitors (like Sun and Oracle … yes, there is sarcasm there) out of the market … remember? No? Good lord, where have you been? Really? Hmmm … in that case, I’ve got this great concept for an internet startup and I’m soliciting venture capital. It’ll make you positively rich, what with the internet boom and all. What’s that? Hell, yeah, the boom’s still on!
Ok, Ok … all sarcasm aside. That was then … this is now. That was the DOJ … this is the FCO (Federal Copyright Office) … and apparently, while the DOJ found Microsoft guilty, the FCO seems to think they’re they only solution for interacting with their online copyright registration process. At least, they’re asking “would y’all mind it if we required IE?”. Apparently, the FCO never got the memo (or memos, when you factor in all the security issues).
If I wasn’t so flabbergasted (and, sadly, not surprised) by this, I’d blog more. In the meantime, check out Aunty Spam’s article on it and draw your own conclusions.