How will ACTA affect UK copyright law?

Thanks to La Quadrature Du Net we now have a leak of the consolidated text for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) after the Luzern round of negotiations. It is always difficult to analyse texts that are in the drafting process, but we can now get a better idea of possible changes to national legislation. If [...]

eBay sued over payment system patents

Perhaps we can get a patent for patent trolling and sue the patent trolls

Online auction giant eBay has been sued for $3.8 billion USD by XPRT Ventures in a patent infringement suit over its use of PayPal as its preferred payment system. Do not adjust your monitors ladies and gentlemen, you read correctly, [...]

Geolocation, sex and innovation

During this year’s GikII, I presented a paper exploring some legal issues about augmented reality. We may be in the threshold of a revolution in the way we interact with mobile devices, with geolocation technology becoming more sophisticated, location-aware devices and services are increasingly relevant. The rise of Gowalla, FourSquare and similar sites opens up [...]

Does Creative Commons need more court cases?

Last week the excellent Internet Cases blog reported on an new court case involving Creative Commons licences: GateHouse Media, Inc. v. That’s Great News. I haven’t been able to find the complaint online yet (if anyone has seen it, please drop me a link). Going by Evan Brown’s description, this seems like a straightforward situation [...]

Censorship and jurisdiction in Turkey

The Turkish Internet has been crippled in recent weeks due to an unprecedented conflict between the Turkish courts and Google. If you are not familiar with the background to this case, you will find some excellent write-ups in various places (such as this BBC summary).

In short, Turkey passed a law in 2007 that created [...]

SSCL Lecture Eben Moglen in Edinburgh

Last Wednesday I attended Professor Eben Moglen’s lecture in Edinburgh, he is presenting here for the second time in two years. Here are some notes.

Defining the problem: Software is everywhere, it’s in cars, hospitals, in buildings, and in all other sort of devices. “There is software in the things that power people’s hearts”, there [...]

Evidence we’re back in the 80s

I pity the fool!

This week I woke up back in the 80s. You do not believe me? Take a look at the evidence:

A-Team? Check. Russian spies? Check. Tories in power? Check. Argentina v Germany? Check. Fashion? Check. Lakers v Celtic? Check. 1984? Check.

Now, where did I put my denim jacket?



One more year, one more GikII. Ray Corrigan has already posted an excellent write-up and has said most of what I wanted to say anyway. Gikii proved once more that it is “stand-up for lawyers” and “a conference, but without the boring papers”. Some of the presentations are already available here.

We [...]

You Are Not a Gadget – a review

Before starting to criticise Jaron Lanier’s “You Are Not a Gadget”, I have to state clearly that this is an important book that should be read by anyone interested in debating the role the Internet plays in modern society. However one may want to criticise its content, and there are plenty who have been doing [...]

Intellectual property and fashion

(via Nigel Jones) There is no better way to start the week than with some thought-provoking yet light TED talk. Johanna Blakley explains how the fashion industry has managed to survive without copyright protection.

The ideas in this video are refreshing and important, although it contains a couple of mistakes (open source DOES have [...]