Special 301, special interests, and developing countries

Another year, another Special 301 report on the making. The Special 301 is an annual report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) prepared under section 301 of the Trade Act, in which countries are given disadvantageous marks based on how they enforce intellectual property rights, or whether […]

Looking for buzzwords

I’ve been reading with interest about the keruffle involving Tech Crunch writer Alexia Tsotis and Summit Entertainment film studio about a comment published in that popular blog about a new Jake Gyllenhaall film called Source Code. Apparently Tsotis called the PR for the film a “buzzwordgasm”, as ccording to Summit […]

DRM and Region Coding encourage piracy

Small rant upcoming. So, I purchased a PS3 in Panama for use in Costa Rica (my other PS3 will not play NTSC encoded discs), and then purchased a couple of DVDs (The Social Network and 300). I get home and eagerly install the equipment only to discover that the DVD […]

Gikii 2011 CFP

GikII VI, Freedom, openness & piracy? 26-28 June 2011 IT University Göteborg,  Sweden Call for papers Is GikII a discussion of popular culture through the lens of law – or is it about technology law, spiced with popular culture? For five years and counting, GikII has been a vessel for […]