Apple is now Public Enemy No 1

With all of the patent suits Apple is currently filing against its tab and smartphone competitors, the title is more than justified. But the following is a personal rant that I believe exemplifies what is wrong with Apple. [Rant warning] This may be a hypocritical title, considering that I am writing […]

CC 4.0, an end to porting Creative Commons licences?

Last week, Yours Truly attended the 5th edition of the Creative Commons Summit in Warsaw, Poland. This was an impressive event bringing together Creative Commons affiliates and enthusiasts from all over the world. Anyone who has been following the rise of Creative Commons as an international movement may have noticed […]

Live from Warsaw

Yours truly has been on the road for the last week, through the northern frozen wilderness of Edinburgh to the urban post-apocalyptic wastelands of London. Now I am attending the 5th edition of the Creative Commons Summit in Warsaw. This affair promises to be more focused, the program looks impressive, […]

The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

The final version of the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest has been published (PDF version here). This is a thorough and impressive documents stating the guiding principles towards a positive agenda in the intellectual property debates. The  Preamble sets out this masterfully: Time is of the […]

Persistence of memory

Last Sunday Fidel Gamboa, the lead singer of Malpaís, died at the painfully young age of 50. I wish I had known him enough to call him a friend, we had met several times and I admired his music, his sensibilities, and now I must carry the regret that I […]

Has social media peaked?

Consulting firm Gartner has produced a report suggesting that interest in social media may have peaked. The report says: “Of the respondents, 24 percent said they use their favorite social media site less than when they first signed up. These respondents tended to be in segments that have a more […]

Why net neutrality is not a priority in developing countries

This week yours truly has been thinking about net neutrality prompted by a call for regulation in one of the national newspapers (my response here). For those not familiar with the term, net neutrality is one of those annoyingly slippery concepts that defy easy classification. Traditionally, the term has been […]

SCRIPTed August 2011

Issue 8-2 of SCRIPTed, a journal of Law and Technology, is now online. This issue has a distinct emphasis on medical technologies, particularly issues around neuro-imaging: Editorial Twitter Chip, Simon Biggs, pp.120-123 Reviewed Articles    Does Technology Trump Intellectual Property?: Re-framing the Debate About Regulating New Technologies, Michael Anthony C. […]