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Acacia, flush with porn tribute, targets colleges

For those wondering why I get so excited about patent reform, here's a great article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Acacia has been threatening and then licensing webcasting companies, as well as online purveyers of adult entertainment, for some time now. Now they are going after universities that use streaming to offer online education. Charming. Read more » about Acacia, flush with porn tribute, targets colleges

Mad about Magnatune

A few weeks ago I learned from the Creative Commons blog about Magnatune, an all-digital recording "label" (somehow that term seems dated in the digisphere) complete with royalty-free webcasting. Their slogan is "we are not evil" and to back that up they give their artists 50%of the sales proceeds. I checked it out, expecting some do-it-yourself garage recordings of music not quite ready for a "real" record deal, but it turns out they are very picky and I've yet to hear something that wasn't great. Read more » about Mad about Magnatune

FTC Takes A Hard Look At Patents and Competition and Innovation

Yesterday the FTC issued its report entitled To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law & Policy. This is the culmination of 24 days of hearings held between February and November 2002, which involved more than 300 panelists, including representatives from large and small technology companies, economists, antitrust and patent specialists, law professors, and inventors. I attended some of the hearings held at Berkeley and they were fascinating. Read more » about FTC Takes A Hard Look At Patents and Competition and Innovation

Taking Patent Reform to the Banc

The beautiful and talented Donna Wentworth recently called me a "Stupid Patent Avenger." While I'm usually not tickled when people use the word "stupid" to describe me, I think she meant it in a nice way. I like intellectual property. There is supposed to be a delicate balance between authors' or inventors' rights and the public's rights, though, in order to best promote innovation and creativity. So I don't like it when a few people abuse IP and make IP lawyers all look greedy and evil. Read more » about Taking Patent Reform to the Banc

The Other Internet radio appeal

On Friday, the Third Circuit issued its opinion in Bonneville Int'l. Corp. v. Peters, which is the broadcasters' appeal of the determination of the Copyright Office (affirmed by the district court) that broadcasters are not exempt from paying webcasting royalties when they simultaneously webcast their over-the-air programming. The Circuit Court agreed with the Copyright Office (and intervenor RIAA). Read more » about The Other Internet radio appeal

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