As Ars Technica writer Timothy B. Lee observes, Justice Stevens was probably the most influential voice in the US Supreme Courts decisions relating to technology. The occasion of his retirement from the Court is observed by a tribute that highlights his many achievements for information freedom: his was the decisive vote in the 1984 Sony vs Betamax decision preserving the right to make copies for private use, he consistently (but with varying success) argued against software patents, including a great concurring opinion in Bilski vs. Kappos, his last opionion on the Court; and he joined the majority in decisions upholding free speech on the internet (1998, 2004). Ars summarizes aptly: "Indeed, Justice Stevens probably deserves more credit than any other justice for the innovations of the last three decades. And given how central those technologies have become to the American economy, Stevens' tech policy work may prove one of his most enduring legacies. In this feature, we review Justice Stevens's tech policy decisions and salute the justice who helped make possible DRM-free media devices, uncensored Internet connections, free software, and much more."
Thank you very much, Justice Stevens and may you long enjoy the freedoms you have fought for and helped shape.