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Re: 'The iron fist of oppression,' well, the copyfight end game looks rather like this to me: http://boingboing.net/2012/10/01/japan-competes-with-panama-to.html
everything I know is under an NDA
I agree to NDAs when it furthers my own goals.
I personally am not that interested in 'open source.' The ideas around 'open source' are rather wooly, often about merely practical issues rather than political or ethical issues, and so not very inspiring to me.
I doubt Myriad or Helvetica would have become terribly popular if only the regular face had been made available.