Posts filed under “Intellectual Property”
Movie and Music Giants Are Hypocrites The giant movie and music corporations – and their water-bearing politicians – pushing draconian copyright laws are hypocrites. According to TorrentFreak, members of the RIAA, Department of Homeland Security, Sony, Universal and Fox may have illegally downloaded files from BitTorrent. Lamar Smith – the Congressman sponsoring SOPA – used…Read More
Widespread Protests Are Starting to Turn the Tide Against Anti-Democratic Bill
Following the growing protests about ACTA in Europe, as well as signs of US meddling, Poland’s prime minister is making it clear that Poland will not ratify ACTA for the time being, leading to speculation that the EU may not actually join ACTA.
Tusk’s backtracking could spell the end of ACTA for the entire European Union. If Poland or any other EU member state, or the European Parliament itself, fails to ratify the document, it becomes null and void across the union. As it stands, there are already five member countries that have not even signed ACTA.
“I share the opinions of those who from the beginning said that consultations were not complete,” Tusk said, according to a report in Wirtualna Polska. The 54-year-old prime minister added that a Polish rejection of ACTA is now on the table, and admitted that he had previously approached the agreement from a “20th century” perspective, due to his age.
The Slovenian ambassador to Japan has apologized to her country and her children for signing ACTA, saying she signed it because her government told her to, and “out of civic carelessness” in not bothering to understand what ACTA meant before signing it.
Bulgarian and Polish MPs wore Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA. Again, from TechDirt:
We recently pointed out that a bunch of Polish politicians wore Guy Fawkes/Anonymous masks in Parliament to protest ACTA:
It appears that some politicians in Bulgaria thought that was a good idea, and have done the same thing:
Indeed, even the elderly are wearing Guy Fawkes masks in protest of ACTA:
European Parliamentarian Marietje Schaake writes:
As a Member of the European Parliament, I very much welcome the increased attention the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has received in the past weeks. It has taken a while for massive outcry to emerge, but we are seeing protest voices getting louder and louder.
How Does America Compare to China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Other Repressive Regimes? Top constitutional law expert Jon Turley notes in a must-read Washington Post article called “We are no longer the land of the free” (I have edited slightly to remove parentheses in several places): Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of…Read More
I am always disappointed to see the usual attacks on the patent system. We have underfunded the Patent office, ignored the system and its requirements for so long it developed warts.
From both a societal and an investing perspective, it is important to protect Intellectual Property rights. We want to encourage entrepreneurs and innovators to create and invent, and protect them from those who would simply steal their inventions.
Regardless, here is a healthy critique of what is wrong with the patent system — in particular, I am concerned about the patent warehouses:
Full size infographic after the jump
I find it interesting to see the debate framed in terms of huge companies battling over inventions — but to me, the much bigger concern is when giant firms rip off the smaller inventor, who often cannot afford to prosecute their claims. > Via: Business Insurance Site Hat tip IP Metrics
When it comes to Microsoft, I have long argued that they got lucky int heir deal with IBM. Aftewr that, pretty much everything they ever did was either ripped off from someone else — as in stolen — or a very obvious “inspired by.” (They did occasionally buy stuff as well, but not if they…Read More