Intellectual Property

The Smother of Invention

Forbes has a Piece on The 200-year-old U.S. Patent Office and how it is beginning to show its age.

They say after 200 years of lumbering down the tracks, the intellectual-property process in the United States is beginning to go off the rails. Branches of the government are intervening where they never have before. Opposing camps, many with money and influence, are forming. Small inventors are diverted from where they can make the greatest contributions. And a culture of litigation, circumvention, and secrecy has evolved from an area where openness and law had long ruled.

Webcasting Determination Announced by Librarian of Congress.

While listening to blues
on, I read on their home
page that the
Librarian of Congress announced the new royalty rate for Webcasting

Live365 was \"disappointed\" by the rate, \"seven one-hundredth of a cent,
per song, per performance, per listener,\" but still had up a request that
folk send a
\'thank you\' letter
to \"Senators Leahy
and Hatch to thank
them for their attention to this issue.\"  They held Senate hearings
on May 15th to discuss the webcasting rates.  The audio
of the hearings are currently archived
as part of 365\'s (slightly
quirky) government news radio stream collection
.  The site also
has a resource page on the CARP,
the \"Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel.\"
Webcaster, Webcast, Internet Web Radio Online, News

Spider Man, Star Wars Create Frenzy of Online Piracy

Illegal copies of Star Wars and Spider Man have already hit the black market, driving the occurrence of Net piracy to an all time high. According to statistics, the figures are up 20% from last year. More.

Top Ten New Copyright Crimes

Susanna writes \"hey..... we made it to the top of this guy\'s (humorous) List :-)\"

His #1 is \"Libraries and librarians.
This is why we have the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. \"

Small software firm challenges digital copyright Law

Jen writes \"

A tiny DVD software tools company is ducking the Hollywood giants and challenging U.S. copyright laws. 321 Studios fears the studios want to squash it for selling software that lets you make lesser-quality copies of DVD movies. So it has asked a San Francisco court to declare that its DVD Copy Plus program does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The 1998 DMCA, reviled by proponents of fair use and free digital speech, deems it illegal to provide information or tools that circumvent copy control technology. Full Story

Online File Sharing & Pirates Blamed for Dip in Music Sales

From Newsbytes...

\"Internet file-sharing and commercial CD-pirating operations share the blame for a 5 percent drop in the value of recorded music sales last year, according an international record- company trade group. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said today that the slide in global revenue to $33.7 billion represented a 6.5 percent drop in unit sales of all recorded music formats, including full-length CDs, CD singles and cassette tapes. Behind those numbers, said Jay Berman, the IFPI\'s chief executive, was \"a perfect storm (that) combined effects of mass copying and piracy, competition from other products and economic downturn.\"
\"The industry\'s problems reflect no fall in the popularity of recorded music,\" Berman said, \"Rather, they reflect the fact that the commercial value of music is being widely devalued by mass copying and piracy.\" The IFPI said that surveys in the U.S. and Germany, for example, \"show that mass copying and Internet piracy is directly replacing sales of CDs.\" More

Professor\'s Plagiarism of Grad\'s Research Led to Lawsuit.

The Chronicle\'s investigation unearthed a lot of evidence that a Cornell
professor repeatedly took credit for research done by a graduate student. 
The school\'s investigator called it \"\"permissible academic entrepreneurial
behavior.\"\"  The student feels she\'s had her \"\"life destroyed by a

a professor took credit for a graduate student\'s research, Cornell found
little amiss.
\" ... \"interviews with Ms. Demas [the grad student], her
professors, and Cornell officials, as well as a review of hundreds of pages
of court records, correspondence, and other documents, paint a stark case
of academic misappropriation.\" -By Scott Smallwood

LISNews Keywords
-|- plagiarize
An ounce of acknowledgment is worth a pound of legal cure.
-Hermit :-!

...More Digital Piracy Cases

This story thoroughly describes the upcoming digital piracy cases. Anyone who needs to brush up on the basic arguments surrounding this issue should check this out! The differences between the new cases and the Napster case is explained especially well.

Mickey Mouse Protection Act

Standford professor and outspoken critic of copyright Lawrence Lessig spoke at this year\'s South by South West (SXSW) festival. In his lecture he railed against the corporate take over of copyright \"such as Walt Disney Co. have successfully pressed for extensions of copyright powers far beyond the intent of the Constitution\'s framers.\"

``We came from a free speech tradition,\'\' Lessig said. ``What happened? It\'s been bought off.\'\' Copyright has its place, and artists should be compensated for their works, Lessig said. But continually extending copyrights hurts society, he said. \"Artists rip, mix and burn the cultural past,\'\' Lessig said. ``There\'s no such thing as creativity that doesn\'t build on the past.\'\'

Read the full story.

Copy Protection Efforts Doomed to Fail

According to Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, \"efforts to copy protect music, movies or television shows are destined to fail. As film studios and recording studios urge Congress to extend copy protection to every home entertainment device, Andreessen said the entertainment industry need look no further than the software industry\'s own expensive, failed attempts at encryption to realize it is ineffective at stopping piracy.\" More from Silicon Valley.


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