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All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors
'Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.'
Awesome  humanity;-actually-able-to-do-some-awesome-stuff-after-all  technology  transport  cars  business  patents  news  intellectual-property 
june 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
30 July – UK copyright: Accessing Orphan Works | Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
A response to the Register thing on 'your photos belong to everyone now' thing I shared yesterday. I probably give this more weight, partly because El Reg is unreliable, but also because I'm told the particular Reg reporter is especially bad.
law  politics  posttofacebook  intellectual-property  UK  copyright  via-Andrew-Ducker 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now • The Register
If your stuff doesn't have a clear owner (say, if its metadata has been stripped during upload), then commercial organisations can not only use it for themselves, but also sell it on.
law  posttofacebook  intellectual-property  important  UK  copyright  wtf  Internet  the-code-is-more-what-you'd-call-'guidelines'-than-actual-rules 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Alt Text: Magical Fruit Trees and the Sale of Digital Music — A Parable | Underwire | Wired.com
How much money does the anti-piracy efforts of the music industry make for *musicians* as opposed to the businessmen, lawyers, etc?
posttofacebook  intellectual-property  interesting  piracy  Internet  via-Andrew-Ducker 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Patent trolls want $1,000—for using scanners | Ars Technica
"So you're claiming anyone on a network with a scanner owes you a license? He said, 'Yes, that's correct.' And at that point, I just lost it."
amusing  weird  Apologies;I-have-forgotten-who-I-got-this-link-from  patents  intellectual-property  dodgy  technology  fail  money  posttofacebook 
january 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Copyright Industry Madness Takes Six Years To Catch Up With The Worst Satire Of It - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
'Six years ago, a satire site wrote a story about how the copyright industry wanted more money if you invited friends to watch a movie in your living room. This notion has now been patented in new technology'

With a bit of luck, though the satire might count as prior art.
Xandar;our-reign-has-gone-on-long-enough.Indeed;summon-the-meteors  people-suck  posttofacebook  copyright  intellectual-property  what-the-everliving-fuck  fail  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
november 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Michael Geist - Supreme Court Voids Viagra Patent as Insufficient Disclosure Means It Fails the "Patent Bargain"
'patents represent a quid pro quo bargain of public disclosure of inventions in return for a time limited monopoly in the invention'
sex  science  intellectual-property  interesting 
november 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Open Season on Patents Starts Thursday, Thanks to Crowdsourced Platform | Threat Level | Wired.com
'the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Stack Exchange and Google are teaming up to make it easy for geeks to shoot down overbroad and ridiculous patents.'
posttofacebook  intellectual-property  technology  clever  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
september 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
How Hollywood Is Encouraging Online Piracy: Scientific American
'Of the 10 most pirated movies of 2011, guess how many of them are available to rent online, as I write this in midsummer 2012? Zero.'
piracy  intellectual-property  people-suck  interesting  internet 
august 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Megaupload case: New Zealand court wants FBI evidence
'US authorities must show evidence of internet piracy before Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom is extradited, a New Zealand court has ruled.'
USA  New-Zealand  crime  piracy  intellectual-property  news  interesting 
august 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Music Labels Won’t Share Pirate Bay Loot With Artists | TorrentFreak
'aside from prison sentences, they will have to pay damages to the entertainment industries, including €550,000 to several major music labels. The court awarded the damages to compensate artists and rightsholders for their losses. However, it now turns out that artists won’t see a penny of the money, as the labels have allocated it to IFPI to fund new anti-piracy campaigns.'
intellectual-property  missing-the-point  money  piracy  copyright  posttofacebook  fail  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
july 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Oatmeal Spells F U in Money Shots - Boing Boing
'I am kneeling on a sun-dappled hardwood floor with stacks of $20 bills in $2,000 bundles in each hand helping to spell out the word "douchebaggery," and thinking: $220,000 just doesn't seem like that much money.'
posttofacebook  piracy  intellectual-property  charity  awesome  amusing 
july 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
CEO Of Internet Provider Sonic.net: We Delete User Logs After Two Weeks. Your Internet Provider Should, Too. - Forbes
'It seemed like half the time, the customer wasn’t the one right one, but they rolled over because it would be very embarassing. And I think that’s an abuse of process. I was unwilling to become part of that business model. In many cases the lawyers never pursued the case, and it was all bluster. But under that threat, you pay.'
piracy  intellectual-property  security  business  privacy  interesting 
july 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Acta: Controversial anti-piracy agreement rejected by EU
'A total of 478 MEPs voted against the deal, with 39 in favour. There were 165 abstentions.'
music  money  rights  news  awesome  intellectual-property  piracy  interesting 
july 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Spread the Word: Theft is Theft
Someone has taken the RSS feed of over 90 webcomics, ripped the images, put them in their Android app, and then put their own advertisements next to them in order to make money.
intellectual-property  posttofacebook  people-suck  fail  theft  important  PSA 
march 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
This is Why I Oppose the MPAA : SOPA
A powerful story of what the big companies do to the little people to get their way.
posttofacebook  education  film  what-the-everliving-fuck  law  intellectual-property  MPAA  people-suck  fail  interesting 
february 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
"Universal Music Group Stole Our Music" | VICE
Youtube's auto-removal tool for the music industry leads to the industry removing stuff that's not their copyright
internet  technology  law  crime  fairness  piracy  intellectual-property  music  copyright  interesting 
january 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
This Photograph Is Not Free
Good photos, like anything other crafted thing, cost time and money to make
intellectual-property  money  fairness  internet  photography  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Wikipedia co-founder threatens blackout over anti-piracy law - Telegraph
'a “public uprising” was required to halt the progress of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) through Congress.' (half a month old story)
intellectual-property  protest  SOPA  internet  piracy  politics  interesting  posttofacebook  law  wikipedia  censorship 
january 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress | Electronic Frontier Foundation
'…stating their opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills' — 83 of the people who made the internet have pointed out this is a bad idea
interesting  politics  posttofacebook  technology  intellectual-property  piracy  news  important  via-Andrew-Ducker 
december 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
The Stop Online Piracy Act and You: A Primer
"I've tracked down a bunch of articles, comics, and infographics about the bill."
interesting  news  piracy  intellectual-property  USA  politics  crime  law  comment 
december 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Anti-Piracy Movie Ads Caught Using Pirated Music - Entertainment News - Pedestrian TV
'"You wouldn't steal a car, you wouldn't steal a handbag…"
in what must be the most delicious slice of irony served this year, it has just been discovered that that the music used to soundtrack this 50-second pain in the ass is actually stolen. '
interesting  amusing  piracy  intellectual-property  fail  people-suck  stupidity 
december 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels — Tech News and Analysis
'For the first time, people are talking, and these previously secret demands are being made public. The specifics are even more onerous than the hot dog example cited above. Together they doom online audio companies to a life of subjugation to the labels, as you will learn below.'
interesting  music  intellectual-property  fail  business  via-Andrew-Ducker 
december 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Motorola secures Europe-wide sales ban on iPhone, iPad | ZDNet
'A German court has imposed a preliminary injunction on Apple’s 3G-enabled iOS devices across Europe for infringing a Motorola-held patent.'
interesting  technology  Apple  iDevices  intellectual-property  patents  law  via-Andrew-Ducker 
december 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
EU: Copyright Doesn't Cover Functionality, Programming Language
'Yves Bot, an advocate-general at the Court, has stated that functions provided by computer programs, as well as the programming languages they're written in, do not receive copyright protection.'
copyright  interesting  law  economics  europe  programming  intellectual-property  via-Andrew-Ducker 
december 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
LINX Public Affairs » Scarlet wins in European Court
'Scarlet Extended SA has won its protected legal battle in the European Court, against a Belgian Court ruling forcing it to impose network level content filtering to prevent copyright infringement on peer-to-peer networks.'
interesting  news  intellectual-property  copyright  technology  internet  europe  awesome 
november 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Congressional SOPA hearings: no opponents of the bill allowed
'As the House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA, the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history, it has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and others who oppose the bill.'
(I have a vague suspicion it *may* not be quite that cut and dried, but it does seem focused towards its support rather heavily)
comment  interesting  intellectual-property  internet  law  crime 
november 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Piracy bill could waylay FLOSS projects | ITworld
'…Now, keep in mind, that all of these wheels will be set in motion by private corporations, and there would be no requirement for proving anything. A copyright holder need only accuse a website of infringement, and the search engine, advertisement, and payment system would be cut off in five days. The DNS filtering would still need the involvement of the Department of Justice to get that court order, but again, there would be no need to prove anything to obtain such an order from a judge.'
wtf  fail  intellectual-property  money  law  interesting  USA 
november 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Warner Bros: we issued takedowns for files we never saw, didn't own copyright to
'In a Monday court filing, Warner Brothers admitted that it has issued takedown notices for files without looking at them first. The studio also acknowledged that it issued takedown notices for a number of URLs that its adversary, the locker site Hotfile, says were obviously not Warner Brothers' content.'
piracy  interesting  crime  fail  business  internet  intellectual-property 
november 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Competing with free: anime site treats piracy as a market failure
'Piracy may never go away, but Crunchyroll is out to prove that "competing with free" is possible by treating piracy like a business problem.'
piracy  media  cartoons  interesting  intellectual-property  clever  money  technology  internet  via-Andrew-Ducker 
october 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
French government to disconnect 60 file sharers | bit-tech.net
'A total of 60 French internet users are currently under risk of having their internet connections cut off after continually ignoring warnings about illegal file-sharing activities.'
news  piracy  intellectual-property  crime  France  interesting 
october 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Music Piracy Continues to Decline Thanks to Spotify | TorrentFreak
'A new report looking into online music consumption habits shows that since 2009 the number of people who pirate music has dropped by 25 percent in Sweden. The sharp decrease coincides with a massive interest for the music streaming service Spotify. One of the main reasons why people switch to legal services is the wider range of material they can find there.'
music  copyright  piracy  sweden  crime  intellectual-property  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
october 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Why does folk music collector Alan Lomax have a copyright interest in “Takeover” by Jay-Z?
Because he's sampling something which sampled something which covered something which sampled something Lomax owns the rights to. Despite the fact he's not using any of the actual melody or music from the song Lomax owns.
dude...  wtf  intellectual-property  music 
september 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Judge OKs Unlicensed Cloud Music-Storage Service | Threat Level | Wired.com
A federal judge backed the music storage-locker business model Monday while ruling that companies may develop services that store their customers’ songs in the cloud.
music  intellectual-property  crime  interesting 
august 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Analysts: Google Looks to Novell for Motorola Value | PCWorld
Analysts from Frost & Sullivan noticed that Google's proposed US$12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola amounts to $510,204.08 per Motorola patent and application. Motorola recently said it had 24,500 patent and patent applications. That happens to be the exact same amount, to the penny, that the Microsoft consortium paid for Novell patents.

Google playing silly buggers/making a point
interesting  intellectual-property  phones  technology 
august 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
The Changing Face Of The Usenet | bit-tech.net
Article on the Usenet; a little on what it was, a discussion of the recent blocking of Newzbin, and thoughts on the future of it. The most interesting thing I noted was that Newzbin was a pay-for service. People were paying to pirate. Which shows that the content owners are doing it wrong, if they can't get people to pay to legally use when they're paying to pirate.
interesting  internet  computers  copyright  intellectual-property 
august 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Digital downloads: Hollywood is about to repeat the catastrophic mistakes of the music industry. - By Bill Wyman - Slate Magazine
The trouble facing the movie industry right now is the same one the music industry had to confront 10 years ago: The easiest and most convenient way to see the movies or TV shows you want is to get them illegally.
music  piracy  movies  copyright  interesting  intellectual-property  internet 
july 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Legal Questions Raised by Success of Monkey Photographer - Lowering the Bar
If a monkey steals your camera and takes a bunch of pictures with it, who (if anyone) owns the rights to the pictures?
amusing  art  dude?  intellectual-property  interesting  law  photography  wtf 
july 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Russian President Proposes Creative Commons-Style Rules Baked Directly Into Copyright | Techdirt
In a statement released on the Kremlin's website on Thursday, Medvedev instructed the country's communications ministry to draw up amendments "aimed at allowing authors to let an unlimited number of people use their content on the basis of free licensing."
russia  copyright  copyleft  commercial  intellectual-property  interesting  law  politics 
june 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
May 31, 2006: Pirate Bay Raided, Shuttered | This Day In Tech | Wired.com
“Pirate Bay was a huge source of pirated films for people around the world, and today they are no longer.” That was a statement issued exactly five years ago Tuesday by Kori Bernards, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture Association of America.
amusing  geeky  intellectual-property  law  music  people-suck  internet 
june 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
Bizarre legal battle could result in TWO competing Superman pics | Blastr
Right, so the film rights to different bits of Superman will soon be owned by different people. One lot have his costume, and that he can 'leap tall buildings in a single bound'. Another has that he can fly, and most of his bad guys. So either we start to get some rather crap Superman films, no superman films, or they settle.
amusing  law  intellectual-property  comics  people-suck  wtf  geeky 
june 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink

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