By webmink on Oct 13, 2009
The work done by legal firm Carter-Ruck on behalf of their client Trafigura will (hopefully) go down in the annals of viral marketing history. Great analysis.
Because of course in a democracy, "wider consultation" means "sharing with a select elite", doesn't it? Presumably it's secret because there's stuff in there that the originators don't want certain activists to be able to see. Presumably its intent to make culture the proprietary property of a few, under existing business models, and use criminal sanctions to keep it that way. And presumably the originators don't want public discussion until there's sufficient binding political agreement to make it irreversible. Which, presumably, is the antithesis of every freedom we hold dear.
A case study in why we need a clearer universal scorecard for businesses to document their open source credentials.
I think Trafigura is about to discover how badly their legal advisers served them. In the age of social media, the fastest way to draw the spotlight to your issue is to try to suppress it. And the full text of the report they are trying to suppress is already on Wikileaks.