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.
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 [...]
(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 [...]
Indian fruits (by Mathias Klang)
In recent years Flickr has been one of the best examples of user-generated content, billions of pictures uploaded by people all over the world, usually available under a Creative Commons licence. It is because of the sheer volume of content that Flickr has also become one of the most [...]
As mentioned in earlier posts, Yours Truly presented at a conference in Rwanda a couple of weeks ago. The conference was attended by African IP officials, and dealt mostly with software protection topics such as software patents, open source software and standards. However, I was surprised to find that one of the topics that interested [...]
It is perhaps an indication of how times have changed that the content industries have won some decisive legal battles in court against Limewire, isoHunt and the PirateBay, yet these have not prompted the same level of scrutiny that previous cases have.
The reason for this is quite simple. Whoever thinks that [...]
I do not have much to talk about this morning, but I have been unhealthily amused by the game Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock. Here is Sheldon explaining the game to us:
Scissors cuts Paper. Paper covers Rock. Rock crushes Lizard. Lizard poisons Spock. Spock smashes Scissors. Scissors decapitates Lizard. Lizard eats Paper. Paper [...]
As part of the its Development Agenda, the World Intellectual Property Organisation has published a report entitled “Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain” by the always wonderful Professor Séverine Dussollier. In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to point out that I was consulted about Costa Rican law, [...]