Intellectual Property

Who owns ideas

Jon Katz has a really neat Story over on Slashdot that deals with the timely topic of copyright and intellectual property. I especially like this quote from Thomas Jefferson.

\"That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.\" -- Read More

Amazon.com Boycott

Books, patents, business and intellectual property are all intertwined at Amazon.com. There is now a growing boycott of Amazon.com. The boycott is a result of the company\'s legal pursuit of patent right infringement for a patent many people say should not have been granted because the idea was neither unique nor new. Should libraries support the boycott? Read on… -- Read More

Probe of EBay Hinges On Rights to Data

Maureen writes \"Probe of EBay Hinges On Rights to Data
Territorial Disputes On Web
From Washingtonpost.com
Washington Post
Saturday, February 5, 2000
One of the fundamental issues of the Internet--the property rights of those who compile vast data storehouses on the global network--is now under scrutiny by lawmakers, regulators and the courts. \"

...the company\'s \"senior intellectual property counsel,\" Jay Monahan, acknowledged yesterday that the company has had \"some discussions with staff at the Justice Department regarding eBay and the online trading business generally.\" The company suggested that Justice was doing the bidding of Bidder\'s Edge and other competitors. -- Read More

How intellectual property laws stifle popular culture

An Article from Reason Magazine outlines how copywright laws are causing problems for the online community.

There is an inherent conflict between intellectual property rights and freedom of speech, a tension between your right to control a story you\'ve written and my right to use it as raw material for my own work. Thanks to two trends, that tension is turning rapidly into a collision... -- Read More

Ownership of IP in Academia

Lawnesnetwork has a Story on the Intellectual Property battle that is heating up at colleges across the US.

As the Internet continues to shake up traditional notions of intellectual property, a storm is brewing in academia over the ownership of writings, class notes, and inventions generated by faculty members. -- Read More

"This Land" ruled to be in the public domain

djfiander writes "Boy Scouts rejoice. According to the story at Slashdot it was first published in a songbook in 1945 for which the copyright was never renewed. See the Slashdot story for all the links to the details, including a PDF of the original songbook."

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