Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law
A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips.
‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got sued for sampling my own stuff,” Clinton told us with a bemused smile.’
Dutch government flips entire web copyright to CC0 by default
Science Commons: we’re launching the public discussion period for our CC patent tools
Peer-to-patent lets the public participate in the examination of patent applications Community Patent Review
Digital Economy Bill
Guardian: Lords angered over three strikes rule for filesharers
Y combinator looking for iPad startups
Free manual for investigative journalists Story-based Inquiry
JISC: How to build a business case for an Open Access policy
The new report shows how universities can work out how much they could save on their profit and loss accounts as well as increasing their contribution to UK plc when they share their research papers through Open Access.
The ‘modelling scholarly communication options: costs and benefits for universities’ report, written by Alma Swan, is based on different types of university. It shows how universities might reduce costs, and how they can calculate these saving and their greater contribution to society by following an Open Access route.
European Research Funders Throw Weight Behind UK Open Access Repository, UK PubMed Central
Welcome Trust via Resourceshelf
Tim Bray: giving up on patents
Birmingham Totalplace final report now available on the BeBirmingham website
Twitter geo tagging
Twitter Changes To Geo-API – Tag Your Tweets With A Location
“At my company, our lawyers advised us to keep what we considered more-or-less public software under NDA for a very long time because demoing software to someone under NDA, no matter how many people it is, avoids “publishing” the software and any inventions contained therein. We know Apple’s been building up a patent strategy around multi-touch; maybe their lawyers believe there are patentable inventions described in the iPhone SDK and they are telling Apple to keep everything under NDA until they know provisional patents can be filed within a reasonable amount of time (you get a year after publishing in the US, but in the EU, I think you forfeit any patent claims once your invention is “published”).”
continues at Daring Fireball
Multi-touch, patents, lawyers: plausible. Continue reading iPhone NDA, patents, innovation