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Should copyright terms be shorter?

The Green Party in the UK has found itself in a bit of hot water with the creative sector when it made a policy statement  that it would shorten copyright terms to 14 years. As far as I am aware, this is the first proposal of its kind outside of […]

They're coding the genes using ASCII, lols

Could you patent a human clone?

My new favourite show is Orphan Black, a Canadian BBC production set in a world where human cloning was achieved 30 years ago. I’ve just finished watching the first season on Netflix, and I’m thoroughly hooked. Tatiana Maslany is the greatest actress of her generation. Just trust me and watch […]

Cyberlaw April Fool’s Day 2015

Every year we are presented with some truly delightful April Fool’s Day stories, and this year we have had quite a nice crop of Cyberlaw-related articles. Here are my favourites. The Alsace Pirate Party will become the Panda Party (in French): “…it is clear that the image “pirate” sometimes has […]

How many more domains do I need to buy?

New top level domains and the great Internet gold rush

Last week we learned that singer Taylor Swift purchased the domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult in a move designed to prevent others from buying them and misusing her name. She is not alone, already Microsoft bought Office.adult, and Harvard University purchased Harvard.porn. The domain name arms race is on. If […]

Living in a remixed world (TEDx talk)

I like telling stories, and today I bring you a story in space and time, involving knitting, 3D printing, over-blown intellectual property claims, and sharks. I hope that it will all make sense. The story begins in 2008 during the reign of David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. An episode […]


Time to rethink a flat rate for online content? European court decides on levies

The Court of Justice of the European Union has produced an interesting decision regarding copyright levies in the case of Copydan Båndkopi v Nokia Danmark (C‑463/12). Some European countries have established a copyright levy scheme for blank media, this means that whenever there is a sale of a product that […]