There are more worrying developments for open source software. It is becoming a(n unintended?) target of zealots in the copyright-to-the-absurd, shortsighted entertainment industry. Behind the curve as such attempts may be, this industry has enormous cloud in the US Congress and parliaments and governments around the world. The esteemed BBC that has now introduced commercials before showing video content also blocks certain open source video software from accessing their videos: “… BBC … has enabled SWF Verification for its catch-up Internet-video service. … users of Open Source software (such as Xbox Media Center – or XBMC) can no longer access videos from BBC’s iPlayer.” ( According to ZDNet, “Andres Guadamuz, a lecturer in law at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, has carried out an investigation and discovered that a very influential lobby group is asking the US government to look at open source as being worse than piracy. The lobby group in question is the  International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a group of organizations that includes the MPAA and RIAA.” They quote from IIPA documents: “The Indonesian government’s policy… simply weakens the software industry and undermines its long-term competitiveness by creating an artificial preference for companies offering open source software and related services, even as it denies many legitimate companies access to the government market. Rather than fostering a system that will allow users to benefit from the best solution available in the market, irrespective of the development model, it encourages a mindset that does not give due consideration to the value to intellectual creations. As such, it fails to build respect for intellectual property rights and also limits the ability of government or public-sector customers (e.g., State-owned enterprise) to choose the best solutions.”