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Mix: AAPL, Canada, Jacuzzi, EMI, Unlock

Mix: AAPL, Canada, Jacuzzi, EMI, Unlock: The Copyright Board of Canada has approved a new tax on music downloads from iTunes and other online retailers. Retroactive to 1996, the tax means Apple will have to pay 3.1 cents for each music file they sell, or 1.5 cents per track for complete albums, to SOCAN (the ...

Rails Logo Tussels

Rethink: Beginning Rails: From Novice to Professional: But where does this leave individual developers/firms/companies who’ve used the logo to promote Rails services or Rails-based products? If the logo is a trademark (and it is), then shouldn’t everyone who’s used it in vain stop using it? I should think so, but it would be nice if ...

Teenager sues over porn picture

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Staffordshire | Teenager sues over porn picture This BBC article has a note about a photo that a British teenage posted on the internet was snapped up and used on the cover of an adult DVD. Adding insult to injury though, is the company’s response to the girl’s ...

YouTube Obeys Fake Takedown Request From 15 Year Old

YouTube Obeys Fake Takedown Request From 15 Year Old : “Want a video removed from YouTube? Send along a fake takedown notice pretending to be from the copyright holder. At least, it’s a prank that worked for a 15 year old from Perth, Australia, who sent a signed form to YouTube pretending to be from ...

This Land in Public Domain?

EFF’s investigation revealed that ‘This Land is Your Land’ appears to have been in the public domain since the early 1970s. Woody Guthrie wrote his classic American song in 1940, when the copyright laws granted a copyright term of 28 years, renewable once for an additional 28. According to EFF, the initial copyright term was ...

283 potential Linux patent infringements

An audit conducted by Open Source Risk Management (OSRM) found 283 potential patent infringements in the Linux 2.4 and 2.6 code base. The OSRM, a group that offers indemnification against Linux copyright infringement claims, conducted a study in advance of the expansion of its indemnification offerings to cover patent infringement. According the OSRM, 27 of ...

Search Ads Violate Trademark?

Geico sues Google, Overture over trademarks | CNET News.com bq. Geico, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company owned by Warren Buffett, filed suit against Google and Yahoo-owned Overture on May 4, in federal court in Alexandria, Va. The insurer charged the two companies with infringing on its trademarks when they sold them as ...

95-Year Copyright Statistically Same as Unlimited

95yearCopy.pdf – In the USA, the constitution gives Congress the authority to grant a copyright for a limited time. The purpose of this is clear from the context: economic benefits. An economic benefit can be regarded as a sequence of cash flows. In finance, the duration of a sequence of cash flows is not measured ...

No More Copying TV Programs

Losing Control of Your TV – Indeed, Hollywood was always set up to be one of the winners of the home technology revolution. What would have been different if the movie industry had won in its lawsuit against Sony is that the revolution in camcorders, amateur video productions, and independent moviemakers never would have happened. ...

.Name allows monopolizing names

.Name has apparently abandoned their earlier policy of only giving out third level domains (e.g. you could register john.smith.name but not just smith.name — thus preventing any other smiths from using a .name address) and will now act as just another TLD. [ “(extlink)Hack the Planet”:http://wmf.editthispage.com ] It seems like perhaps a return to a ...