Posts Tagged ‘ intellectual property ’

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
posted by

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)

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Libertarian patent reform

September 22, 2014
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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
posted by

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)

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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
posted by

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)

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Jaron Lanier, “intellectual property” and parasitism on the system of violence

July 30, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by William Gillis  

"Over-35s seem to love nothing more than being told that the Internet — and the rapid cultural developments that have paralleled it — have been a terrible mistake with huge downsides that will surely doom us. And there’s no end to the opportunistic hacks lining up to dress this generational reactionary spasm as the contrarian voice of reason. We’re told that we need elites, that people talking about injustice in their own online communities has gone on long enough, that decentralized systems are surely too complicated to figure out, that Chelsea Manning and activists who care about a free Internet are a false front for the Koch brothers, et cetera. The arguments are inevitably as preposterous as they are haughtily presented. But Jaron Lanier’s recent declaration in the pages of Quartz really takes the cake." (07/29/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29842  

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“Prize grants” or patents for pharmaceutical innovation?

July 23, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Pharmaceutical enterprises are corporate bureaucracies that blend R&D functions with sales and marketing, regulatory affairs, government relations, and other non-research functions. Licensing can overcome some of the managerial diseconomies of scope in such an organization. However, if there were a new system of pharmaceutical innovation that would allow more specialization in R&D versus other functions, that would be an exceedingly beneficial public-policy achievement." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nvpd4gq  

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Rethinking patent enforcement: Tesla did what?

July 20, 2014
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William J. Watkins, Jr.  

"Patents are often considered valuable because they allow their owner to sue alleged infringers. Some patent holders, called Non-Practicing Entities or patent trolls, have no plans to actually make the patented product or process. Instead, they prefer to lie in wait, letting someone else do the heavy lifting and then suing just as the new creation is about to take off commercially. This litigation model could have been lucrative for Telsa -- which makes its new policy all the more surprising." (07/18/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5032  

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Noriega sues Activision over “Call of Duty”

July 16, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the Santa Monica video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. for depicting him and using his name without his permission in one of the fastest-selling video games. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Noriega alleges that 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' portrays him as 'a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.'" (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ne72axz  

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Tech companies work to tame patent trolls without government help

July 16, 2014
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William Watkins  

"While it is unfortunate that Congress did not pass reform legislation, how appropriate it is to see innovation in the war against trolls coming from the private sector. This is yet another lesson that if we are going to tame the trolls, don’t wait for the government to act, but instead come up with innovative ways cut into troll power." (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lucsxsj  

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Feds punish companies that don’t use federal copyright

July 15, 2014
posted by

Stephan Kinsella Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  

"As discussed in the most recent This Week in Law, the IRS has issued a ruling that makes it more difficult for open-source software groups to claim non-profit status -- because if you develop and release software using an open-source license, then, you know, other people might use it for commercial or other purposes ... So not only does the fedgov foist copyright on people automatically; not only does it make it almost impossible to get rid of it (Copyright is very sticky!); but, now, if you try not to use copyright, e.g. as the open source software movement has very successfully done, the feds will punish you by imposing more taxes on you." (07/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lanxwos  

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China: Apple loses patent case over Siri functions

July 10, 2014
posted by

CNet News    

"Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology won its patent-infringement case against Apple on Monday when Beijing's First Intermediate Court ruled that Apple's virtual personal assistant Siri was infringing a speech-recognition patent Zhizhen holds. ... The Zhizhen patent case doesn't take issue with how Siri works necessarily, but rather the way in which a person's speech is recognized and analyzed." (07/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qh3zdx5  

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Lindsay Lohan files frivolous lawsuit over GTA starlet parody

July 3, 2014
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The Inquirer [UK]    

"Notorious actress Lindsay Lohan is suing games developer Rockstar because she is concerned that a young, errant actress character in Grand Theft Auto might be based on her escapades. Lohan has something of a wild child reputation and there is a character in the game that has some of those characteristics. The character in the game is called Lacey Jonas and is a wild young starlet with a knack for scandal and a need to escape the paparazzi." (07/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pxfwo6c  

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India’s weak patent rights hurt US trade relationship

July 2, 2014
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by staff  

"India's lack of intellectual property right enforcement strains the pharmaceutical trade relationship between India and the United States, explains Research Associate Clinton Ritchey in a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis. Over the past two years, the Indian government has engaged in a series of policy, regulatory and legal decisions that undermine internationally recognized intellectual property rights. U.S. pharmaceutical companies have had issues keeping their patents protected in India." (07/01/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=24583  

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Who should benefit from state-funded art?

June 30, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by John Engle  

"A creative commons license is a kind of copyright license that gives people the right to use, share, and expand upon a creator’s work whether this is an art work, a piece of literature, or a scientific or academic material. It offers a significant protection against accusations of copyright infringement and is believed by some to offer artists a degree of flexibility they may desire. It is also in the interest of citizens to see that the artwork they pay for through government funding for the Arts is made available for their benefit in some fashion. Mandating creative commons licensing for all state-funded artwork would accomplish that goal." (06/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/njrnmjd  

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The Supreme Court’s Aereo effect might evaporate Silicon Valley’s cloud

June 27, 2014
posted by

Julian Sanchez Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez  

"When is an online streaming service like a cable company? The US supreme court's answer on Wednesday -- sure to send chills down the spines of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs -- was this: when five justices think it kinda sorta looks like one. In a 6-3 ruling -- which, in a dissenting opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia predicted would 'sow confusion for years to come' -- the court held that a company called Aereo violates copyright when it lets users tune into broadcast TV signals over the internet. But the 'improvised standard' established by the court's majority in American Broadcasting Companies v Aereo creates new uncertainty about just what an innovative tech startup must do to stay on the right side of the law -- and raises questions about the legal status of familiar cloud services run by companies like Apple and Amazon." (06/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pabm8cq  

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Oculus demands jury trial in Zenimax’s frivolous lawsuit

June 26, 2014
posted by

re/code    

"Oculus doesn't appear interested in settling the [frivolous] intellectual property lawsuit brought against it by game publisher ZeniMax. In a new filing in a northern Texas district court, the virtual reality company and Facebook subsidiary reiterated that its CTO, John Carmack, co-founder of ZeniMax subsidiary Id Software, did not misuse any information proprietary to ZeniMax in his work on early versions of the Oculus Rift headset. It goes on to say the ZeniMax 'appeared to have lost whatever interest it had in VR' until after Facebook spent $2 billion on Oculus. 'ZeniMax never claimed ownership rights over the Rift based on any supposed contribution to any technology in the Rift, because ZeniMax knew it had made none,' the filing says." (06/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kfg2dvh  

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Only thrice upon a dream?

June 25, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Joel Schlosberg  

"Having netted a half-billion dollars and counting for Disney, Maleficent is the latest proof of just how lucrative successively building upon established properties can be in today’s economy." (06/25/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/28594  

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