Intellectual Property, Copyright, Patents, Copyleft
- EFF: Takedowns
Bogus copyright and trademark complaints have threatened all kinds of creative expression on the Internet. EFF's Hall Of Shame collects the worst of the worst.
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- 2014/06/19: BBC: US Supreme Court reaches landmark patent ruling
The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could prove to be a major setback to so-called patent trolls.
The judges ruled unanimously that a software patent was invalid because all it did was take an existing technique and add the idea of doing it on a computer.
It means that inventions must either improve the way a computer functions or introduce another advancement in order to qualify as patents.
The issue had split the tech industry.
- 2014/05/22: ScienceInsider: U.S. Senate Shelves Long-Debated 'Patent Troll' Bill
- 2014/05/14: EFF: Can This Web Be Saved? Mozilla Accepts DRM, and We All Lose
- 2014/04/26: SlashDot: American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries
- 2014/04/22: Tyee: Feds Massively Changing Trademark Law with No Debate
Overhaul buried in budget implementation bill. Unconstitutional?
- 2014/03/28: DerSpiegel: The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up
- 2014/02/22: LWeinstein: No, I Don't Trust You! -- One of the Most Alarming Internet Proposals I've Ever Seen
- 2014/02/21: CBC: TekSavvy ordered to ID alleged movie downloaders
- 2014/02/21: PostMedia: Illegal downloaders in federal court’s crosshairs
Order to release names, addresses of suspected 'pirates' could affect millions
Canadians who illegally download music, movies and other copyright material may no longer be able to hide from potential lawsuits.
In a groundbreaking decision released Thursday by Canada’s Federal Court, the Internet service provider TekSavvy Solutions was ordered to release to Voltage Pictures LLC the names and addresses of more than 2,000 Internet users suspected of pirating movies. Voltage is a Hollywood production company that has made films including The Hurt Locker, which won six Oscars, and the upcoming American Heist.
While the decision relates to movies, it could affect millions of Canadians who listen to pirated music on their iPods or download pirated TV shows onto hard drives.
- 2014/02/18: EmbassyMag: New intellectual property treaties seen as path to TPP
- 2014/02/14: ABC(Au): Attorney-General George Brandis considers copyright law changes to target internet piracy
Attorney-General George Brandis has foreshadowed changes to copyright laws in a speech delivered in Canberra today.
Senator Brandis says he may ask internet providers to issue warnings to customers, or block sites where content can be illegally downloaded.
Australians are among the worst offenders when it comes to illegal downloads.
- 2014/02/12: SoS: DRM and the Law
- 2014/02/05: Guardian(UK): What happens with digital rights management in the real world? by Cory Doctorow
DRM is one of the most salient, and least understood, facts about technology in the contemporary world
- 2014/01/22: MGeist: Here We Go Again: Canadian Recording Industry Calls on Government To Regulate the Internet
- 2014/01/13: FDL: Noam Chomsky Faults MIT Over Aaron Swartz Case
- 2014/01/11: Guardian(UK): Hacking of MIT website marks first anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death
Message left on institute's webpage: 'The day we fight back' -- Internet activist took own life while awaiting trial for 'hacking'
- 2014/01/07: EFF: What Do You Want From Copyright? Tell the EU now and Change the Future of Global Innovation Policy
- 2013/12/06: OpenMedia: Australians warn Canadians about 88 million dollar economic fallout from caving into U.S. pressure on digital policy
- 2013/12/02: SoS: The TQP Patent
- 2013/11/24: Guardian(UK): The copyright industry should brace itself: the Kim Dotcom saga isn't over
Kim Dotcom has caused carnage in New Zealand politics, and is set to challenge the music industry with his new website. He personifies the danger technology poses to copyright law
- 2013/11/14: CBC: Google's digital library lawsuit dropped
A U.S. federal judge handed Google Inc. a victory in a long-running legal battle on Thursday, tossing out a lawsuit claiming the Internet giant was violating copyright laws by scanning books without their permission to create the world's largest digital library.
The Authors Guild had sued Google in federal court in Manhattan 2005, claiming the Mountain View, Calif.-based company was not making "fair use" of copyright material by offering searchable snippets of works in its online library.
Among the plaintiffs was former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, author of the best-seller Ball Four.
Google already has scanned more than 20 million books, most of them out-of-print, for the project. It includes the collections of the New York Public Library, Library of Congress and several major universities.
- 2013/10/02: Tyee: Shouldn't Digital Access to Our History Be Free? Contract to bring 60 million Canadian docs online includes potential paywall, exclusivity rights.
- 2013/10/03: CBC: Digital piracy not harming entertainment industries: study -- British researchers say music, movie industries have been helped by file sharing
- 2013/09/13: CBC: Eli Lilly files $500M NAFTA suit against Canada over drug patents
Compensation sought for Federal Court's invalidation of Straterra, Zyprexa patents
Eli Lilly is accusing Canada of violating its obligations to foreign investors under the North American Free Trade Agreement by allowing its courts to invalidate patents for two of its drugs.
The company officially filed a complaint this week with NAFTA seeking $500 million US in compensation.
The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant had already notified the federal government in June of its intention to submit a NAFTA complaint, but filed the formal "notice of arbitration" on Thursday after it failed to settle the dispute through negotiation.
A three-member international tribunal made up of arbitrators chosen by the disputing parties will hear the complaint.
- 2013/08/22: EFF: GAO Study Confirms the Obvious: Bad Patents Lead to Trolls
- 2013/08/22: EFF: Lawrence Lessig Strikes Back Against Bogus Copyright Takedown
- 2013/08/28: CBC: New Zealand bans software patents -- Move intended to protect innovation in tech industry
- 2013/08/28: ZDNet: New Zealand bans software patents
- 2013/08/21: BRitholtz: Copyright Infringement Is Being Treated as Terrorism
- 2013/08/16: WashingtonsBlog: Copyright Infringement Is Being Treated as Terrorism
- 2013/07/30: EurActiv: EU pushes through Unified Patent Court
Brussels has paved the way for a specialised European patent court to solve disputes in one instance and avoid multiple litigation cases in up to 28 different national courts.
The European Commission yesterday (29 July) announced the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection by updating EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgments, the so-called Brussels I Regulation.
The changes are intended to make it easier for companies and inventors to protect their patents. The Unified Patent Court will have specialised jurisdiction in patent disputes, with an aim to cut legal costs and speed up decisions in patent infringement cases.
- 2013/07/23: BBC: US court rules [Eolas] web patent claim invalid
- 2013/07/20: DisCo: Trying To Ban Links to Software Is The DMCA Joke That Never Gets Old
- 2013/07/18: CBC: Breast cancer gene patents: the Canadian story
- 2013/07/18: CBC: SickKids Hospital dragged into U.S. breast cancer gene suit
- 2013/07/17: EFF: EFF Joins Massive Coalition Calling For Patent Reform
- 2013/07/16: EFF: EFF Calls For Court Sanctions For Copyright Troll's Public Humiliation Tactic
- 2013/07/11: BBC: Undertexter subtitle translation site raided by police
A website that allowed users to share subtitles has been taken offline after the Swedish police raided two properties used by the service.
Undertexter had provided fan-made translations of film and TV show dialogue, which could be merged with video files to provide on-screen text.
A spokesman for the police told the BBC they had acted after investigating a complaint by copyright holders.
- 2013/07/09: SciAm:GB: New Supreme Court Decision Rules That cDNA Is Patentable -- What It Means for Research and Genetic Testing
- 2013/07/05: SSRN: How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear (and How Secondary Liability Rules Help Resurrect Old Songs) by Paul J. Heald
- 2013/07/03: Guardian(UK): Kim Dotcom has fiery exchange with New Zealand PM at surveillance inquiry
- 2013/06/26: EFF: EFF Throttles Notorious Patent Used to Threaten Public Transit Systems
- 2013/06/26: OpenMedia: Indie ISPs and pro-Internet lawyers take to court to defend Canadians’ right to privacy against [Canipre] a discredited US media firm
- 2013/06/25: CEPR:BtP: More Thoughts on Patents and Copyrights
- 2013/06/19: CEPR:BtP: Krugman Discovers Intellectual Property: The 1 Percent are the Takers
- 2013/06/13: NatureNB: US Supreme Court rules patents on ‘natural’ human genes invalid
- 2013/06/13: ScienceInsider: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Human Gene Patents
- 2013/06/13: ACLU: Supreme Court Invalidates Patents on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes
- 2013/06/13: BBC: US Supreme Court says human DNA cannot be patented
- 2013/06/13: CBC: U.S. Supreme Court rules human DNA cannot be patented -- Judgment reverses three decades of patent awards by government officials
- 2013/06/12: CBC: Can you patent a disease?
Dutch group patented genome of Middle East coronavirus, which has killed more than 30 people
- 2013/06/05: BBC: London police start to target pirate websites
The City of London Police has started contacting websites it believes are profiting by breaking copyright laws.
- 2013/05/26: CNN: Why Jolie's cancer test costs so much
[...] In 1998 Myriad Genetics patented two genes: BRCA1 and BRCA2. With its exclusive rights, Myriad developed a test for mutations on those genes trademarked "BRACAnalysis." Because it essentially owns the genes, Myriad is the only company that can conduct the test, so it sets the price.
- 2013/05/22: ABC(Au):TDU: Has science outgrown patents?
- 2013/05/23: BBC: US report warns on China IP theft
- 2013/05/22: BBC: UK net firms block pirate movie websites
Big UK net firms have begun blocking access to two sites accused of flouting copyright laws.
The blocks were imposed after the Motion Picture Association (MPA) won a court order compelling ISPs to cut off the Movie2K and Download4All websites.
However, pro-piracy activists have set up a copy of the Movie2K website in a bid to get around the restrictions.
The action comes as a music industry group publishes a list of 25 sites it wants blocked for pirating pop.
- 2013/05/14: RT: Jolie’s double mastectomy highlights Supreme Court 'cancer gene' patent battle
- 2013/05/13: NatureNB: US high court rules against soybean farmer in seed-patent case
- 2013/05/12: CBC: Montreal firm monitoring illegal downloading for court cases -- Providing service to American studio
- 2013/05/09: CDreams: Corporate Fail: Disney's Attempt to Trademark Cultural Holiday
Disney drops efforts to trademark 'Día de los Muertos' following online outrage
- 2013/04/18: Tyee: Patenting the Sun -- Big Pharma wants to own naturally occurring genes. What would Salk say?
- 2013/04/19: ScienceInsider: In Australia, Gene Patents Also Subject of High Court Struggle
- 2013/04/15: NatureNB: US Supreme Court hears arguments in gene-patent case
- 2013/04/15: ACLU: Supreme Court Hears Arguments Challenging Patents on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes
- 2013/04/12: ArsTechnica: US still pressing allies for tougher anti-piracy laws
- 2013/04/15: BBC: Human genome: US Supreme Court hears patents case
The US Supreme Court has heard arguments questioning whether the human genome can be claimed as intellectual property.
- 2013/04/12: EUO: Why are our medicines so expensive?
In the lead-up to an inter ministerial meeting between EU and India next week, European trade negotiators continue to pressure India and other developing countries to accept so-called “free trade” agreements that favour patent monopolies, high medicines prices, and the interests of the pharmaceutical industry.
Instead, the EU should be promoting open innovation and should work to bring down the prices of essential medicines, both abroad and within its borders.
- 2013/04/10: NatureN: Gene patents in the dock
As US Supreme Court justices prepare to hear arguments in Myriad Genetics case, observers are debating the impact of the outcome on personal genomics.
- 2013/04/01: al Jazeera: India's top court dismisses drug patent case
Landmark judgement against Swiss drug maker Novartis AG could change direction of country's pharmaceutical business.
India's highest court has dismissed Swiss drug maker Novartis AG's petition seeking patent protection for a cancer drug, a serious blow to Western pharmaceutical firms which are increasingly focusing on India to drive sales.
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court said on Monday that the drug Glivec failed to qualify for a patent according to Indian law.
- 2013/03/31: BBC: India to rule on Novartis patent for cancer drug Glivec
India's Supreme Court is due to rule on a patent case involving Swiss drug company Novartis, which campaigners say could threaten access in poorer countries to cheap generic drugs.
Novartis wants protection for an updated version of cancer drug Glivec.
It is seeking to overturn a decision by Indian officials to refuse a patent on the grounds that the new version was only slightly different from the old.
Medical charities say a Novartis win would set a "dangerous precedent".
Glivec, which is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia and other cancers, costs about $2,600 (£1,710) a month.
The generic equivalent is currently available in India for just $175.
- 2013/03/29: ConvEcon: Is "Intellectual Property" a Misnomer?
- 2013/03/29: EconView: 'Is 'Intellectual Property' a Misnomer?' - Tim Taylor
- 2013/03/28: EFF: Congress’ New CFAA Draft Could Have Put Aaron Swartz in Jail For Decades Longer Than the Original Charges
- 2013/03/28: Guardian(UK): Copyright wars are damaging the health of the internet
- 2013/03/27: EconView: 'Do Intellectual Property Rights on Existing Technologies Hinder Subsequent Innovation?'
- 2013/03/26: Verge: Entire library journal editorial board resigns, citing 'crisis of conscience' after death of Aaron Swartz
Publishers demanded $2,995 for each open-access article
- 2013/03/27: FDL: House Judiciary Committee Offers Worse Version Of CFAA
- 2013/03/27: UChicago: [Journals]: Do Intellectual Property Rights on Existing Technologies Hinder Subsequent Innovation?
- 2013/03/25: Eureka: You don't 'own' your own genes
Researchers raise alarm about loss of individual 'genomic liberty' due to gene patents that may impact the era of personalized medicine
- 2013/03/25: al Jazeera: The next great Copyright Act is coming
Comprehensive copyright reform will revitalise the public domain and value all creatives - even the females.
- 2013/03/21: ERabett: Good Tidings
- 2013/03/20: EFF: Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards
- 2013/03/20: BBC: Music sales are not affected by web piracy, study finds
A report published by the European Commission Joint Research Committee claims that music web piracy does not harm legitimate sales.
- 2013/03/17: al Jazeera: Photocopying courts India campus controversy
Many academics have sided with students who photocopy textbooks, after publishers launched a lawsuit against practice.
- 2013/03/07: MGeist: Forget Fair Dealing: National Post Seeks $150 To License Short Excerpts
- 2013/03/06: MGeist: NDP Calls It: Bill C-56 is "ACTA Through the Backdoor"
- 2013/03/04: MGeist: U.S. Seeks to Revive ACTA Without European Support
- 2013/03/01: MGeist: Here Comes ACTA: Canadian Government Introduces Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Compliance Bill
- 2013/03/07: SlashDot: Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts
- 2013/03/04: DemNow: GOP "Rising Star" Derek Khanna Fired After Penning Controversial Copyright Reform Memo
- 2013/03/04: DemNow: 5 Years in Jail for Unlocking a Phone? Petition Led by Former GOP Staffer Prompts Probe of New Ban
- 2013/03/05: al Jazeera: Human genes in court: Discovery or invention?
The struggle over ownership of human genes continues in the Australian courts, with international implications.
- 2013/03/05: CBC: India rejects Bayer plea against cheap cancer drug -- Bayer says it will 'continue to defend our intellectual property rights'
India's patent appeals office has rejected Bayer AG's plea to stop the production of a cheaper generic version of a patented cancer drug in a ruling that health groups say is an important precedent for getting inexpensive lifesaving medicines to the poor.
Last year, India's patent office allowed local drug manufacturer Natco Pharma Ltd. to produce a generic version of Bayer's kidney and liver cancer drug Nexavar on the grounds it would make the drug available to the public at a reasonably affordable price. It was the first use of compulsory licensing under Indian patent laws passed in 2005.
The Intellectual Property Appellate Board rejected the German drug maker's appeal of the 2012 ruling on Monday. It also ruled that under the license Natco must pay 7 per cent in royalties on net sales to Bayer.
Bayer sells a one month supply of the drug for about $5,600. Natco's version would cost Indian patients $175 a month, less than 1/30th as much.
- 2013/03/04: SlashDot: Copyright Trolls Sue Bloggers, Defense Lawyers
- 2013/03/01: EFF: US Trade Office Calls ACTA Back From the Dead and Canada Complies
- 2013/03/02: BoingBoing: US Trade Rep orders Canada to comply with the dead-and-buried ACTA treaty, Canada rolls over and wets itself
- 2013/02/28: SlashDot: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block More Torrent Sites
- 2013/02/26: BBC: US internet 'six strikes' anti-piracy campaign begins
- 2013/02/26: RT: US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
- 2013/02/26: WSWS: Australian court upholds patent for breast cancer gene
- 2013/02/: Oyez: Bowman v. Monsanto
- 2013/02/20: ABC(Au):TDU: Patent law must recognise human genes are no invention
- 2013/02/22: DailyDot: New anti-piracy system will hit U.S. Internet users next week
- 2013/02/20: EurActiv: Single European patent officially signed
After 40 years, one of the longest negotiations in the trading bloc’s history, the European Union yesterday (19 February) formally signed on a new unitary patent for 24 participating member states.
The current system made patent registration up to 60 times more expensive in Europe than in China and will now be binned in favour of a one-size-fits-all pan-European process.
But Spain and Italy refused to join the scheme because of language concerns.
- 2013/02/19: Wired: How Big Business is Stymying Makers’ High-Res, Colorful Innovations
- 2013/02/19: FDL: Aaron Swartz’s FBI File
- 2013/02/18: NYRB: Can They Patent Your Genes?
- 2013/02/13: ACLU: ACLU Responds to Executive Order on Cybersecurity; Opposes CISPA
Obama’s Order Embraces Privacy Principles While House Fails to Protect Privacy, says ACLU
- 2013/02/13: BBC: Obama issues cybersecurity order as Congress revives CISPA
US officials have been ordered to draw up procedures to reduce the country's exposure to cybersecurity threats.
President Obama warned that the country's enemies were "seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions and our air traffic control systems".
He added that Congress also needed to pass related laws.
The House Intelligence Committee has said it now planned to revive its cyber threat information-sharing bill.
The legislation - known as CISPA - had previously been attacked by privacy campaigners and the White House itself had threatened to veto the bill if passed in its original form.
- 2013/02/08: ArsTechnica: The inside story of Aaron Swartz’s campaign to liberate court filings
And how his allies are trying to finish the job by tearing down a big paywall.
- 2013/02/12: SlashDot: W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML
- 2013/01/29: EFF: Twitter’s New Transparency Report Shows Increase in Government Demands, Sheds Light on Copyright Takedowns
Yesterday, Twitter released its second semi-annual transparency report, which details the numbers behind every user data demand, censorship order and copyright takedown request that the micro-blogging site received in the second half of 2012.
As with Google’s transparency report last week, there was a clear increase in government demands for user data, with the United States leading the way by far. Censorship requests from around the world also increased. In addition, the report shed valuable light on the copyright takedown procedure that also often results in undue censorship.
With their respective reports, Twitter and Google are leaders in a positive new trend of sharing information that sheds new light on just how government surveillance and censorship works. It should be a model for other companies, including Facebook, Skype, and cell phone carriers.
- 2013/01/29: ABC(Au): Anti-pirating ad music stolen
- 2013/01/22: Cryptome: Mega Small-Time Crook v MPAA Big-Time Crooks
- 2013/01/23: DailyDot: Finland is crowdsourcing its new copyright law
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): Kim Dotcom: the internet cult hero spoiling for a fight with US authorities
- 2002//: GNU:FSF: Misinterpreting Copyright -- A Series of Errors by Richard Stallman
- 2013/01/17: FAIR: Copyright for People, Not for Publishers
- 2013/01/11: ArtThreat: Sony hatches ploy to keep Bob Dylan out of the public domain
- 2013/01/10: EFF: Copyright Vampires Attempt to Suck the Lifeblood Out of Fair Use Video
- 2013/01/07: ArsTechnica: Republican staffer fired for copyright memo talks to Ars -- Derek Khanna needs a new job, but he's unapologetic about his reformist views
- 2013/01/09: TAC: Derek Khanna Speaks Out
- 2013/01/05: NetworkWorld: IMAGiNE: Once-prolific movie piracy leader slapped with 5 year prison sentence
IMAGiNE leader s gets one of longest sentences ever handed down for criminal copyright infringement.
The acknowledged leader of once prolific movie piracy group IMAGiNE was sent to prison today for five years, one of the longest sentences ever handed down for criminal copyright infringement.
In addition to his prison term, Jeramiah Perkins, 40, of Portsmouth, Va., was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution.
- 2013/01/01: Duke:Law: What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2013? Under the law that existed until 1978...
- 2012/10/26: ArsTechnica: DRM be damned: How to protect your Amazon e-books from being deleted
Amazon recently erased all of one Kindle users' e-books. Ars shows how to stop it.
- 2012/12/19: SlashDot: UK Pirate Party Forced To Give Up Legal Fight
- 2012/12/12: EFF: Calling on Congress: Time to Fix Copyright
- 2012/12/12: BBC: European Parliament votes for a unified patent scheme
- 2012/12/11: ScienceInsider: After Decades of Debate, E.U. Leaders Sign Off on Single Patent
- 2012/12/07: BoingBoing: GOP fires author of copyright reform paper
Derek Khanna, the Republican House staffer who wrote an eminently sensible paper on copyright reform that was retracted less than a day later has been fired.
- 2012/12/05: SciAm:GB: The Meteoric Ascent of the Patent Troll and the Devastating Consequences for Innovation
- 2012/11/30: NatureNB: US Supreme Court to decide on gene patents in Myriad case
- 2012/11/30: ScienceInsider: Another Supreme Review of Human Gene Patents
- 2012/11/30: ACLU: Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Patents on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes
- 2012/11/23: Guardian(UK): Republicans' brief flash of intellectual property insight
A report criticising the absurd copyright laws that stifle innovation was squashed by GOP hierarchs. But we need a reform agenda
- 2012/11/20: EFF: Congress Shouldn't Debate Copyright in a Reality-Free Zone
Just a few days ago, an unusual thing happened in the halls of Congress: somebody made a case for a copyright policy grounded in reality. The Republican Study Committee (RSC) -- an organization that represents more than two-thirds of all GOP Congressmembers -- issued a report challenging longstanding copyright myths and offering ideas for potential reforms. Copyright reform advocates were quick to proclaim that the document, authored by RSC policy staffer Derek Khanna, marked a "watershed moment" that suggested rational copyright policy might be possible post-SOPA.
But if the document signaled a moment of clarity, it was a short-lived. Within 24 hours, the RSC had retracted the report, stating that it had been "published without adequate review." It's hard to imagine that the RSC hadn't also been subject to pressure from the legacy content lobby. After all, those same lobbyists seem to have an allergic reaction to evidence-based discussions of what is fundamentally an economic policy.
- 2012/11/18: RSethi: Curtailing Intellectual Monopoly
- 2012/11/19: NakedCapitalism: Curtailing Intellectual Monopoly: The Insanity of US Copyright Law
- 2012/11/17: EconView: 'House Republicans Release Watershed Copyright Reform Paper'
- 2012/11/15: EFF: U.S. Copyright Surveillance Machine About To Be Switched On, Promises of Transparency Already Broken
- 2012/11/13: ScienceInsider: E.U. Patents on Transgenic Chimps Challenged
- 2012/11/13: TorrentFreak: RIAA Celebrates 15 Year Jail Sentence For Movie and Music Pirate
- 2012/11/13: SlashDot: In Mississippi: 15-Year Jail Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies and Music
- 2012/11/10: Digitopoly: What are publishers afraid of with device restrictions?
- 2012/11/10: FutureProof: Toshiba laptop service manuals and the sorry state of copyright law
- 2012/11/07: MGeist: Canadian Copyright Reform In Force: Expanded User Rights Now the Law
- 2012/11/02: SlashDot: US Government: You Don't Own Your Cloud Data So We Can Access It At Any Time
- 2012/10/31: EFF: Megaupload and the Government's Attack on Cloud Computing
The government maintains that Mr. Goodwin lost his property rights in his data by storing it on a cloud computing service. Specifically, the government argues that both the contract between Megaupload and Mr. Goodwin (a standard cloud computing contract) and the contract between Megaupload and the server host, Carpathia (also a standard agreement), "likely limit any property interest he may have" in his data. (Page 4). If the government is right, no provider can both protect itself against sudden losses (like those due to a hurricane) and also promise its customers that their property rights will be maintained when they use the service. Nor can they promise that their property might not suddenly disappear, with no reasonable way to get it back if the government comes in with a warrant. Apparently your property rights "become severely limited" if you allow someone else to host your data under standard cloud computing arrangements.
- 2012/11/02: BBC: An American man has been hit with a $1.5m (£932,000) fine for pirating 10 gay porn movies via BitTorrent
- 2012/11/02: SlashDot: $1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent
- 2012/11/01: Wired: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them
- 2012/11/01: BBC: Kim Dotcom reveals Mega to replace Megaupload file-sharing site
Kim Dotcom has announced plans for Mega, a service to replace his shut down file-sharing website Megaupload.
Mega is expected to use encryption methods which will mean only users will know what they are uploading.
- 2012/10/25: SlashDot: Feds Continue To Consider Linux Users Criminals For Watching DVDs
- 2012/10/25: NatureNB: Big pharma approaching bottom of patent cliff
- 2012/10/24: OpenMedia: Michael Geist: TPP copyright laws could dismantle Canadian content
- 2012/10/16: BBC: Millions of blogs knocked offline by legal row
A row over a web article posted five years ago has led to 1.5 million educational blogs going offline.
- 2012/10/13: EFF: Canada-EU Trade Agreement Replicates ACTA’s Notorious Copyright Provisions
- 2012/10/15: SlashDot: Post-ACTA Agreement CETA Moving Forward With Similar Provisions
- 2012/10/15: CBC: Canada-EU drug patent demand in trade talks costs almost $2B
Extending drug patents could boost provinces' annual drug costs by $795 million-$1.95 billion
Confidential federal research on free-trade talks with Europe shows that giving the European Union just one part of what it wants on drug patents would cost Canadians up to $2 billion a year.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has always insisted it's a "myth" that the Canada-EU free trade deal would increase health costs.
But in September, officials at Industry Canada and Health Canada combined forces to examine the cost of the European demand to implement a patent-term restoration system, The Canadian Press has learned.
They found that based on past history of approval patterns, the EU proposal would add an average life of 2.66 years to a typical drug patent, and increase Canadian drug costs by between $795 million and $1.95 billion annually.
- 2012/10/13: BBC: US and European regulators have called for patent rules to be "improved" following complaints about the way some smartphone makers had sought to defend their rights
- 2012/10/10: EFF: Digitizing Books Is Fair Use: Author's Guild v. HathiTrust
- 2012/10/10: WaPo: The case against patents
- 2012/10/05: CSM: Google and publishers reach settlement on digitized books case
- 2012/10/04: BBC: Google settles book scanning lawsuit
Google has settled a seven-year legal spat with the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
The row blew up in 2005 over Google's plan to scan and digitise books for a vast digital library.
The AAP said that the project could involve massive copyright infringement because it could make available digital copies of copyrighted works.
The settlement lets US publishers decide which works should, or should not, be in Google's library.
- 2012/09/30: ArsTechnica: How a rogue appeals court wrecked the patent system -- Federal Circuit Appeals Court marks 30 years of spreading the "patent gospel."
- 2012/10/02: al Jazeera: Academic paywalls mean publish and perish
Academic publishing is structured on exclusivity, and to read them people must shell out an average of $19 per article.
- 2012/10/01: TStar: Copyright lobby demands rollback of recent Canadian reforms in secretive trade deal
- 2012/09/30: BBC: Japan introduces piracy penalties for illegal downloads
Japan-based internet users who download copyright infringing files face up to two years in prison or fines of up to two million yen ($25,700; £15,900) after a change to the law.
Such activity has been illegal since 2010, but until now had not invoked the penalties.
It follows a lobbying campaign by country's music industry.
- 2012/10/01: ABC(Au): Companies fight against cheap Indian drugs
There are fears that India's poorest could lose access to vital medicines if big drug companies succeed in curbing the country's generic medications industry.
Several pharmaceutical giants are using India's courts in an attempt to block the production of key generic drugs used by cancer sufferers and those with HIV.
Generic Indian drugs cost a fraction of the price of the equivalent products. Essentially, the drugs are local copies of those originally produced by international pharmaceutical companies.
- 2012/09/25: Tyee: Push for Tough Copyright Reforms in Secretive Trade Deal -- Lobby wants Canada to crackdown on infringers as part of TPP
- 2012/09/27: BBC: Megaupload spying case brings New Zealand apology
The New Zealand prime minister has issued an apology to Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom.
He said sorry because a New Zealand law enforcement agency was judged to have illegally spied on Mr Dotcom.
- 2012/09/25: ACLU: ACLU and PUBPAT Ask Supreme Court to Rule that Patents on Breast Cancer Genes Are Invalid
- 2012/09/24: BBC: Kim Dotcom: Inquiry ordered into 'unlawful spying'
An inquiry has been ordered into whether New Zealand intelligence staff engaged in unlawful spying prior to the arrest of Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom.
The country's Prime Minister John Key said some communications were obtained "without statutory authority".
- 2012/09/20: DerSpiegel: 'The Greedy Pirate' -- Berlin Politician Slammed for Defending Copyright
Senior Pirate Party politician Julia Schramm made headlines this week when her publisher took action against pirated copies of her book "Click Me." Now Schramm is at the center of a shitstorm over her wavering positions on intellectual property. Both the tabloid press and members of her own party accuse her of hypocrisy.
- 2012/09/17: HuffPo: Neil Young: Piracy Is 'The New Radio,' -- Way To Get Your Music Heard
- 2012/09/19: DerSpiegel: Information Mustn't Be Free -- Pirate Party Member Insists on Copyright for Book
Encouraging free sharing of files on the Internet, including copyrighted material, is an official platform of Germany's Pirate Party. This week, however, a senior member of the party has been policing illegal downloads of a book she published through a subsidiary of Random House. Will the party continue to promote its "information must be free" line?
- 2012/09/18: SlashDot: Feds Add 9 Felony Charges Against Swartz For JSTOR Hack
- 2012/09/13: FoC: Dutch Court: hyperlinks on website can constitute copyright infringement
- 2012/09/13: ArsTechnica: "Six strikes" Internet warning system will come to US this year -- We speak with the head of the new antipiracy effort
- 2012/09/12: CBC: $220K music-sharing fine upheld by U.S. appeal court -- Minnesota woman to pay $2,250 per song in long-running music industry suit
- 2012/09/12: CBC: Pirate Bay founder [Gottfrid Svartholm Warg] deported from Cambodia to Sweden
- 2012/09/07: Rabble:ST: Few fans of U.S. intellectual property proposals in Trans-Pacific Partnership
- 2012/09/05: EFF: Congress Members Demand USTR Tell the American People What's Going on With the TPP and its Impact on Digital Freedom
- 2012/09/04: CNN: Ustream apologizes for killing Hugo Awards webcast
Livestream of Hugo Awards was cut short by copyright-protection software - The webcast, on streaming-site Ustream, showed scenes from "Doctor Who" -
Ceremony had permission to use clips, but Ustream didn't know - Writer Neil Gaiman was accepting an award when the stream blacked out
- 2012/09/04: WSWS: Jury verdict for Apple intensifies monopolization of technology
- 2012/09/03: Guardian(UK): The Bruce Willis dilemma? In the digital era, we own nothing
Whether or not the Willis story is true, it evokes one of the main dilemmas of the digital age: ownership is disappearing
- 2012/09/02: BBC: Pirate Bay co-founder Warg arrested in Cambodia
One of the founders of the popular file-sharing Pirate Bay website, has been arrested in Cambodia, the local police have announced.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was held in Phnom Penh after an international warrant was issued against him in April by his native Sweden.
Sweden acted after he had failed to show up for the start of his one-year jail term for copyright violations.
- 2012/08/28: SlashDot: New Zealand Draft Patent Law Rewritten After Microsoft Meeting
- 2012/08/28: S&R: Streaming services and digital downloads: How can we listen to music in a way that actually benefits the musicians?
- 2012/08/25: WSWS: New Zealand court ruling a setback to the US Megaupload case
- 2012/08/16: ACLU: Divided Appeals Court Again Rules That Companies May Patent Breast Cancer Genes, but Invalidates Patents Comparing the Genes -- Supreme Court Sent Case Back for Consideration After Ruling in Similar Case
- Archive: The Musopen Collection
- 2012/08/17: SlashDot: Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed
- 2012/08/14: OpenMedia: EFF: The TPP's Temporary Copies Provision
- 2012/08/13: OpenMedia: BoingBoing: The UN's Restrictive Broadcasting Treaty is Back
- 2012/08/08: EFF: Mars Landing Videos, and Other Casualties of the Robot Wars
- 2012/08/08: EFF: All Nations Lose with TPP's Expansion of Copyright Terms
- 2012/08/09: BBC: Oracle and Google are ordered to reveal paid bloggers
Oracle and Google have been ordered to reveal the names of reporters, bloggers and other commentators they have paid.
The demand, made by a US judge, follows an intellectual property battle the firms fought in court.
- 2012/08/09: SlashDot: Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints
- 2012/08/08: SlashDot: The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents
- 2012/08/07: CBC: Large BitTorrent file-sharing site Demonoid shut down
Ukrainian authorities have shut down Demonoid.com, one of the largest websites used to share movie, TV, music and other files with BitTorrent peer-to-peer technology.
- 2012/08/07: GLaden: Is Scripps News Service out of control?
- 2012/08/01: CSM: Court suppressed Apple evidence, Samsung releases it to media anyway
- 2012/07/31: EUO: The EU and the United States are blocking a treaty that would entitle the blind to easier access to books...
- 2012/07/28: ArsTechnica: Government: we can freeze Mega assets even if case is dismissed
Judge is weighing argument that Megaupload is beyond reach of US criminal law.
The United States government said today that even if the indictment of the Megaupload corporation is dismissed, it can continue its indefinite freeze on the corporation's assets while it awaits the extradition of founder Kim Dotcom and his associates.
Judge Liam O'Grady is weighing a request to dismiss the indictment against Megaupload because (in Megaupload's view) the federal rules of criminal procedure provide no way to serve notice on corporations with no US address. At a hearing in Alexandria, VA, he grilled both attorneys in the case but did not issue a ruling.
- 2012/07/28: SlashDot: US Gov't Says They Can Still Freeze Megaupload Assets If the Case Is Dismissed
- 2012/07/25: SlashDot: Leaked IFPI Report Details Anti-Piracy Strategy
- 2012/07/20: Wired: Japan: Police arrest "anti DRM" journalists...
- 2012/07/22: SlashDot: Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools
- 2012/07/17: Tyee: Top Court Shakes Foundations of Canadian Copyright
Five rulings, relevant to gamers and educators, aim to balance user and creator rights.
- 2012/07/20: ACLU: ACLU and PUBPAT Argue Against Patents on Breast Cancer Genes in Appeals Court
Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Medical Associations, Geneticists, Patients and Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Groups
Patents for two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer should be invalidated, attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) told a federal appeals court today.
The patents allow a Utah company, Myriad Genetics, to stop all other laboratories from offering genetic tests that are crucial to making informed medical and treatment decisions.
- 2012/07/20: NatureN: The great gene-patent debate -- How the Myriad Genetics gene-patent case might affect personalized medicine
- 2012/07/18: BBC: Megaupload judge quits case after US 'is enemy' comment
The judge overseeing the Megaupload extradition case has stepped down after one of his comments caused his impartiality to be questioned.
Judge David Harvey described the US as the "enemy" while discussing copyright law, at a conference last week.
- 2012/07/13: EurActiv: Brussels proposes changes to EU copyright law
Following concerns over financial irregularities and difficult online licencing, the European Commission has proposed a new directive requiring copyright collecting societies to increase their transparency, efficiency and management of revenues. EurActiv France reports.
The companies concerned are the intermediaries set up between copyright owners (authors, songwriters) and service providers. Collecting societies are responsible for distributing and licencing musical, literary, academic and journalistic material and collecting royalties. Among the best known are SACEM in France, PRS in the UK and SABAM in Belgium.
In 2010 collecting societies accounted for 80% of revenues in the music industry, which itself was worth an estimated E6 billion.
- 2012/07/13: EUO: Commission set for fresh collision course over ACTA copy-cat clauses
The European Commission is set for another intellectual property rights clash with MEPs, after leaked documents revealed that proposals from the rejected counterfeit treaty ACTA had been included in a draft trade agreement between the EU and Canada.
EU and Canadian officials started negotiations on a bi-lateral trade agreement (CETA) in November 2009 and are expected to reach a final agreement before the end of the year. Like ACTA, the trade deal is being drafted in secret, and would require the approval of the European Parliament to enter into force.
Canada is one of the EU's biggest trade partners, with E52.5 billion of goods being imported and exported between the two in 2011. It was also among the countries to negotiate and sign ACTA.
- 2012/07/11: EFF: Victory for Open WiFi: Judge Rejects Copyright Troll's Bogus "Negligence" Theory
- 2012/07/11: EFF: House Quietly Reintroduces a Piece of SOPA
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