When patents attack

This is an excellent podcast from NPR about software patents

Some truly eye-opening interviews and in-depth investigation looking at patent trolls, the reason East Texas District is the epicentre for patent litigation, and the effect of software patents on innovation. While it is obviously American-centric, anyone involved in software has to deal with the [...]

Are hacking sanctions proportional to the crime?

Scotland Yard has caught LulzSec’s Topiary, their biggest scalp to date. Topiary has been identified as Jake Davis, an 18 year-old from the Shetland Islands (pictured here looking like a poster child for teenage hackers, including Neo-wannabe shades). He appeared in court earlier today and was released on bail, under condition that he should [...]

Social propaganda

This one is making the rounds, but I thought I’d post it here as well. Soviet-style propaganda pictures for all social media.

Originally posted in Google+ by Aaron Wood.

SCRIPTed covers

I’ve made a Flickr set of past SCRIPTed covers to highlight some of the excellent artwork and pictures used in the last three volumes.

Enjoy.

Newzbin: Internet filtering and file-sharing

It has been a very interesting week for UK copyright, with some landmark decisions in Lucasfilm v Ainsworth and Newspaper Licensing Agency v Meltwater. However, everyone seems to be talking about Newzbin. In the case of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc [2011] EWHC 1981, the High Court of [...]

McLuhan and technophobia

The medium is the mass age

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Marshall MacLuhan’s birthday, and the event was greeted by many as an opportunity to reflect on his life and works. McLuhan has become the prophet of modern media, his writings and phrases are cited everywhere as being eerily prescient. I was reminded [...]

Hacking and DDoS: lessons from network resilience

After the spectacular hacking of The Sun newspaper and News International websites that took place earlier this week, hacking collectives like Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec seem unstoppable. This air of invulnerability was part of LulzSec’s gloating the night the attack on The Sun’s web services took place.

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Intermediary liability: because you’re worth it (L’Oreal v eBay)

The European Court of Justice has finally ruled on the landmark case of L’Oréal v eBay (C-324/09) . It is true that the term “landmark case” gets used quite a lot in these virtual pages, but in this situation is more than accurate. The case has been a long-running legal saga between cosmetic manufacturer [...]

Twitter and FB login enabled

To encourage more interaction I’ve now added a WordPress plugin called Social Connect. This allows you to login using your Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo or WordPress.com accounts.

Enjoy.

The revolution will be webcast

There is a revolution currently taking place online. This is a revolution against the status quo, centralised authorities, political establishment, existing business models, and creative paradigms. This has the shape of generational warfare because most of the players are so-called Millenials, but it is actually a revolution prompted by ideals popularised by older men and [...]