UK court issues more blocking orders

Following a series of cases in which the High Court of England and Wales has granted blocking orders, a new injunction has been issued against two websites called SolarMovie and TubePlus. In Paramount Home Entertainment International Ltd & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 3479 (Ch), Arnold J is adding to [...]

Creative Commons 4.0 has been released

The long process leading to the Creative Commons 4.0 licence is finally here, so head to the licence chooser and pick your own. I will be writing a more detailed post with the changes in the next few days, but you can check some of the changes in the official notice at the CC Blog [...]

Analysis of key copyright provisions in the TPP

Wikileaks has published the IP chapter contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a multilateral trade treaty negotiated between Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam. Several commentators have already started to make their initial analysis of what it contains, and I wanted to take a [...]

AOL threatens startup for using content released under Creative Commons

There is an interesting legal dispute arising over the use of data licensed under Creative Commons. AOL owns CrunchBase, which is a free database of technology companies, people, and investors; AOL acquired it as part of their deal to purchase the news website TechCrunch. The database, schema, and documentation are all released under the Creative [...]

Internet revolution, or more of the same?

What a difference a scandal makes.

Turn your minds, if you may, to December 2012. The Syrian civil war enters one of its most deadly passages. The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen perform a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy at Madison Square Garden. The Duchess of Cambridge leaves [...]

The Lord of the Internet

The Internet began with the forging of the Great Rings Three were given to the Root Servers Immortal, wisest, and fairest of all beings Seven to the Engineers Great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls And nine, Nine Rings were gifted to the Regulators Who above all else desire power For within these Rings [...]

Has the Blockbuster killed the Long Tail?

The Long Tail is dead. The Long Tail is a theory penned by Wired editor Chris Anderson which states that the rise in digital markets, and the slow demise of brick and mortar shops, particularly in media and entertainment, will translate into more spending and viewing of smaller niche markets.

Harvard professor Anita Elberse [...]

Special BILETA issue of SCRIPTed

A special issue of SCRIPTed, a Journal of Law and Technology, is now live for your enjoyment. This issue has some papers from the last BILETa conference in Liverpool, and it has the added bonus that this will be the last issue in which Yours Truly will act as Technical Editor.

(2013) 10:3 SCRIPTed 307-408 [...]

Insane in the game: Is this the worst software patent ever?

The Yogg-Saron encounter in World of Warcraft is patented.

Judith Rauhofer has sent me this gem of a patent. I present you U.S. patent 6,935,954 which protects a “Sanity system for video game”. The abstract reads:

“A video game and game system incorporating a game character’s sanity level that is affected by occurrences in [...]

Can we rebuild the Internet?

I have been toying with an impossible idea. Can the Internet be rebuilt?

I am starting with a simple premise: the current Internet is broken. It is no secret that many of the protocols that make up the Web were not designed to accommodate a network such as the one that emerged in the [...]