Posts Tagged ‘ intellectual property ’

Intellectual propertarians ban Google Glass in theaters

October 30, 2014
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CBS News    

"In a statement Wednesday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) announced an update to their anti-piracy [sic] policies to include a ban on 'wearable 'intelligent' devices,' such as Google Glass. ... Wednesday's change comes after a January incident at a Columbus, Ohio, AMC theater in which a man was questioned by Department of Homeland Security agents after a theater manager suspected he was recording a showing of 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' on his Google Glass. The investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing." (10/30/14)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-glass-banned-in-movie-theaters/  

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Judge: Manuel Noriega can’t sue Activision Blizzard

October 29, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"Murderous military dictator Manuel Noriega can't sue over his depiction as a bad guy in the blockbuster video game 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II,' a Los Angeles judge has ruled. The dismissal came more than a week after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani argued in court that the brief inclusion of the notorious former leader of Panama, now in jail for murder, in the 2012 game was protected due to Noriega's status as a historical figure." [editor's note: I'm not sympathetic to intellectual property claims, but I do wish that the court had elected to settle the case with a cage-match knife fight to the death between Noriega and Giuliani. Whoever lost, the rest of us would be safer and better off - TLK] (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pd82c2s  

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“Intellectual property” is why we can’t have nice things

October 28, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"So now we don't have Twitpic. Twitpic is dead. Twitter's users, and therefore Twitter, are worse off. All over competing claims of 'intellectual property' in a word. Claims which would be risible if they hadn't destroyed a valuable application. Twitpic's demise doesn't showcase a bug in the 'intellectual property' system. Rather it highlights a feature of that system, a system designed for the sole purpose of using state power to protect established actors from market competition ..." (10/27/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/32951  

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Intellectual property impedes intellectual progress

October 28, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Because IP law prevents individuals from using property (including their own bodies) in certain ways, the practice originated as a state-sanctioned grant of monopoly privilege to secure loyalty by insulating favorites against competition. It protects big business interests because large corporations more easily assume the high costs of acquiring and defending a patent. Additionally, suggested IP legislation like the Stop Online Piracy Act would grant corporate copyright holders like Warner Bros. a number of special privileges, including the power to shut down websites and enforce U.S. criminal penalties on foreign entrepreneurs." (10/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lzkm45x  

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EU court: Embedding is not copyright infringement

October 27, 2014
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TorrentFreak    

"The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down a landmark verdict this week. The Court ruled that embedding copyrighted videos is not copyright infringement, even if the source video was uploaded without permission. ... The full decision has yet to be published officially by the Court's website but TorrentFreak has received a copy (in German) from the defendants' lawyer Dr. Bernhard Knies, who describes it as a landmark victory. The Court argues that embedding a file or video is not a breach of creator's copyrights under European law, as long as it’s not altered or communicated to a new public. In the current case, the video was already available on YouTube so embedding it is not seen as a new communication." (10/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n8supnh  

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Google changes “to fight piracy” by highlighting legal sites

October 20, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Google has announced changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy [sic]. ... The new measures, mostly welcomed by music trade group the BPI, will instead point users towards legal alternatives such as Spotify and Google Play. Google will now list these legal services in a box at the top of the search results, as well as in a box on the right-hand side of the page. Crucially, however, these will be adverts -- meaning if legal sites want to appear there, they will need to pay Google for the placement. The BPI said that while it was 'broadly' pleased with Google's changes, it did not think sites should have to pay." [editor's note: Hmmm ... they want very much for me to pay them for music, but don't think they should have to pay Google for advertising. Why am I not surprised? - TLK] (10/20/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29689949  

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Illegal copying has always created jobs, growth and prosperity

October 20, 2014
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C4SIF Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Rick Falkvinge  

"Copying brings jobs and prosperity. Copying has always brought jobs and prosperity. It is those who don't want to compete who try to legislate a right to rest on their laurels and outlaw copying. It never works." (10/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n93nkeu  

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Pirating textbooks isn’t just against the law, it’s a good idea too

October 17, 2014
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Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"The textbook industry is an obscene racket, predicated on extraordinary costs and a maze of perverse incentives, controlled by a tightly organized cartel of copyright-monopolists, gargantuan institutional sellers and gargantuan institutional buyers, throwing every ton of their incredible weight onto the shoulders of students, tollgating and massively hampering the dissemination of knowledge. Pirating textbooks isn’t just a good idea. It’s a mitzvah." (10/16/14)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2014/10/16/pirating-textbooks-good/  

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Aereo seeks comeback with requests to FCC and federal judge

October 14, 2014
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MediaPost    

"Aereo is officially urging regulators to redefine the term 'multichannel video program distributors' to include services such as its streaming video offering. ... If the FCC grants Aereo's request, the company could well mount a comeback. ... While it was running, Aereo offered an $8 a month service that enabled people to stream television shows to their smartphones and tablets. ... Aereo suspended operations in June, shortly after the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters by ruling that Aereo's real-time streams infringed copyright." (10/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o6s442m  

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China declares war on US intellectual property, gets into the patent trolling business

October 13, 2014
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William J. Watkins, Jr.  

"China is not known for its respect of intellectual property rights. According to the U.S.-China Business Council, counterfeit products make up approximately 15-20 percent of total Chinese GDP. That is staggering, making China in some ways a scofflaw nation. Thousands of shipping containers arrive in the U.S. daily from China and contain a variety of knockoffs headed for American cities. The sale of these products, both at here and in other countries, takes money out of the pockets of American companies and workers. As if counterfeit products weren’t bad enough, China just recently ramped up its assault on American innovation." (10/10/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5148  

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“Aunt Jemima” relatives sue pancake company for $2 billion

October 8, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"The great grandsons of Anna Short Harrington, who was hired as the American pancake icon in 1933, claim that her family is entitled to a percentage of the company's revenue every time her likeness was used. They're now seeking $2 billion in compensation, plus a share of future revenue. ... [Harrington's great grandsons] claim they're owed a slice of the pancake company's revenue according to a long-forgotten agreement stretching back to its late-1800 creation. ... Quaker Oats, who owns the breakfast brand, denies that a contract ever existed. They argue that the character of Aunt Jemima is fictitious too." [editor's note: Silly plaintiff ... only white corporate boards like Disney's get to claim "intellectual property!" - TLK] (10/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxbjrw7  

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Copyright reform is not a joke

October 3, 2014
posted by

Charlotte Bowyer Adam Smith Institute
by Charlotte Bowyer  

"There are a number ways in which we could radically reform copyright law whilst maintaining the commercial incentives to create (many of which are for another blog!) However, given the number of international agreements on intellectual property the UK is signed up to, the gradual expansion of 'fair dealing' exceptions (say, to cover all non-commercial uses of copyrighted work) could be the most politically viable way of reducing the deadweight loss caused by current copyright laws." (10/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qelem3m  

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Google stops displaying news snippets from German publishers that sued it

October 2, 2014
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ZDNet    

"Google has stopped displaying snippets of German news stories in its search results after being sued over intellectual property rights. Following the legal action by German publishers and the passing of an an 'ancillary copyright' bill -- aka a Google tax -- in the country last year, Google will soon no longer display news snippets and thumbnail images from some of Germany's biggest publishers." [editor's note: And now they'll whine about THAT - TLK] (10/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nhxlu5q  

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Grooveshark loses copyright suit over uploaded songs

October 1, 2014
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Gainesville Sun    

"A federal judge ruled against Grooveshark on Monday, agreeing with nine record companies that the Gainesville-based online music streaming service and its two founders infringed on the copyrights of nearly 6,000 songs and destroyed evidence by deleting database records. Judge Thomas Griesa of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the motion for summary judgment and a motion for sanctions against Grooveshark parent company Escape Media Group, and against CEO Sam Tarantino and Chief Technology Officer Josh Greenberg as individuals, saying the co-founders personally uploaded songs owned by the record companies and directed employees to do the same." (09/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pub5cy6  

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Hackers charged with stealing [sic] over $100 million in US army and Xbox technology

October 1, 2014
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The Guardian [UK]    

"Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft, the US army and leading games manufacturers, as part of an alleged international hacking ring that netted more than $100m in intellectual property [sic], the US Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The four, aged between 18 and 28, are alleged to have stolen [sic] Xbox technology, Apache helicopter training software and pre-release copies of games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to an indictment dating from April that was unsealed on Tuesday. Two of the hackers pleaded guilty earlier in the day, the DoJ said." (09/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qanhkqx  

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Entered the house, YODA has

September 25, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy  

"On Sept. 19, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) introduced the You Own Devices Act (YODA) that could impact almost every American. It concerns embedded software that is increasingly prevalent in telecommunications and technology, from e-books to automobiles, from iPhones to refrigerators. YODA would prevent copyrighted software from limiting an owner's ability to resell, configure or repair a specific device in which it is embedded." (09/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m4wk4lj  

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Activision hires Giuliani to take on Noriega

September 22, 2014
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NBC News    

"Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company's legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is suing Activision over his inclusion in one of its popular 'Call of Duty' games. Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Monday that Giuliani and his firm will ask a Los Angeles judge to dismiss Noriega's lawsuit, which claims his likeness was used without permission in 2012's 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II.' Giuiliani told The Associated Press he took the case because he doesn't want the imprisoned Noriega to profit from his crimes, which include convictions for murder, drug trafficking and money laundering." [editor's note: It never occurred to me that Activision had the power to make Noriega a sympathetic figure either in this case or in general. Until now. If Giuliani is against him he can't be all bad, can he? - TLK] (09/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n9dus4f  

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Libertarian patent reform

September 22, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Russell Hasan  

"Of course, some libertarians will be outraged that I am advocating patent reforms instead of the wholesale abolition of patents. To enable a discussion of this topic, allow me to review the three libertarian arguments for patents. I call these the Randian argument, the Rothbardian argument, and the Nozickian argument." (09/21/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1306  

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Ownership and ideas

September 15, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Rothbard understood that if you mix your labor with inputs you legitimately own, then you necessarily also own the outputs. My concern is that his repeated references to the producers’ ideas, as though they are essential to establishing ownership, introduce confusion into his analysis. He inadvertently reinforces the erroneous notion underlying patents and other forms of so-called intellectual property (IP). Someone who believes that ideas are essential to establishing ownership of products might be tempted to think that ideas themselves are products subject to ownership. Ridding ownership theory of the intellectual element will help to avert the IP mistake." (09/12/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-ownership-and-ideas/  

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Genetic codes: Private property versus public goods

September 7, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Ingemar Nordin  

"The aim of the paper is to make a case for the protection of genetic codes. It is argued that within a property rights (or 'libertarian') approach this has to be accomplished through having a copyright to the physical body parts and biological tissues one owns. It is also argued that copyrights can only be upheld if biological material is transferred or exposed to others in a contractual situation. Therefore extra care has to be taken when things like hair and blood is thrown or given away." (09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/km25wn2  

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Musk vs. Bezos: SpaceX challenges Blue Origin’s rocket-landing patent

September 2, 2014
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GeekWire    

"Elon Musk’s SpaceX is petitioning the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to overturn a patent awarded to Blue Origin, the space venture backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos -- arguing that Blue Origin’s approach for landing a booster rocket at sea is actually nothing new in the field of launching and recovering rockets. ... It’s the latest public dispute between Blue Origin and SpaceX, which are among the companies competing for a NASA contract to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station." (09/02/14)

http://www.geekwire.com/2014/elon-musks-spacex-challenges-patent/  

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Privateers and the sinister threat posed by “patent trolls”

September 1, 2014
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Keith Boyfield  

"Many in Britain may not be familiar with the term 'patent privateering' -- but that may all be about to change. British courts are apparently being targeted in a forum-shopping exercise by global monopolists, who are using this technique to reduce competition and innovation in the hi-tech sector. This new menace to the workings of efficient markets is rapidly gripping the global hi-tech sector and it threatens to stifle innovation, raise prices and constrain choice for consumers not just in Britain but across the globe." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nxz2xhe  

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The absurdity of intellectual “property”

August 25, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter  

"Kyle Scott’s case for copyright is interesting, and he should be commended for making it so clearly and intelligently. For him, as for many other libertarians, what people write is their own property, like any other kind of property, and they have a natural right to keep it. Government is merely the protector, not the source of their right. All this can be deduced from the natural rights theory most importantly exemplified by John Locke’s Second Treatise of Civil Government. Unfortunately, so concerned is Mr. Scott with his line of deductive reasoning, so clear, so forcible, so all-sufficient, that he never notices what a strange kind of property he’s talking about." (08/22/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1294  

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In defense of intellectual property

August 18, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Kyle Scott  

"Libertarianism can be different things to different people. Trying to define it, or characterize it, will leave some libertarians at odds with one another. What follows will isolate me from most libertarians. It is a defense of intellectual property rights (IPR) based on the thesis that there is no normative distinction between IPR and real property rights (RPR). I will use Butler Shaffer's short polemic for the Mises Institute, 'A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property,' as my primary foil as it encapsulates many of the arguments against IPR that libertarian thinkers embrace." (08/16/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1291  

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Microsoft-Samsung Android patent deal turns sour

August 4, 2014
posted by

eWeek    

"Google's Android mobile operating system is once again the source of legal fireworks for Microsoft. Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., announced on Aug. 1 that it is pursuing legal action in a bid to force Samsung to adhere to the companies' Android licensing agreement. ... In September 2011, the companies entered into a cross-licensing contract. Under the terms of the deal, which remain undisclosed, Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft royalties on Android-based tablets and smartphones for access to its patents related to the mobile OS." (08/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/okcvtf7  

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