Archive for the “Intellectual property” category

An optimal copyright term

By Nick Holmes on November 30, 2007

Victor Keegan in How long should copyright last? covers the arguments for a shorter copyright term in the digital age. To exemplfy the absurdity of a strict application of copyrights, he points to Nate Andersen who reports that John Tehranian, (…)

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IP law wiki off the starting blocks

By Nick Holmes on August 3, 2007

Jeremy Phillips has posted on the IPKat about the exciting proposed development of an IP Law Wiki which has already gained some traction with the proposal for funding a feasibility study already under way. Most interesting for me is the (…)

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Long tails, short change

By Nick Holmes on April 14, 2007

John Lanchester in the Guardian writes a lengthy article on the copyright issues surrounding books in the digital age. He concludes with an interesting proposal: let copyright endure for only a reasonably short period but guarantee the creator a percentage (…)

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Lawyers are necessary shock

By Nick Holmes on April 13, 2007

Thanks to Kevin O’Keefe for pointing us to the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision that Martindale-Hubbell’s domain name is not sufficiently distinctive to qualify as a trade mark, saying: For better or worse, lawyers are necessarily an integral part (…)

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Viacom v. GooTube (2)

By Nick Holmes on March 15, 2007

In countering Viacom’s $1 billion suit against YouTube, Google relies on the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to shield it from liability for third party copyright infringements. That’s stretching it a bit says In (…)

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Google is illegal says Brussels

By Nick Holmes on February 14, 2007

Struan Robertson analyses on the Court of First Instance ruling in favour of newspaper group Copiepresse that Google News and Google’s caching of web pages infringe copyright. The Belgian court … ruled that it cannot be deduced that the (…)

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Viacom v. GooTube – who’s evil?

By Nick Holmes on February 7, 2007

The battle for badness rages … From Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing: Viacom did a general search on YouTube for any term related to any of its shows [eg all those Jon Stewart clips] , and then spammed YouTube with (…)

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Will Google strike a fair deal?

By Nick Holmes on February 2, 2007

Welcome to the blawgosphere – and thanks – to Eoin O’Dell, a Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, blogging at, mainly on contract, restitution, freedom of expression, media, IT and cyber law. He (…)

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Has Binary Law gone nuts?

By Nick Holmes on January 24, 2007

No, it’s a new, lookalike IP blawg. [Update: No longer a lookalike as Binary Law is using a new theme.]

Gowers – IP a priesthood and a playground

By Nick Holmes on December 13, 2006

From The future of intellectual property: Andrew Gowers interviewed on The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property has been broadly welcomed by copyright campaigners. Lawrence Lessig, the godfather of Creative Commons, has labelled research conducted into the economics of copyright (…)

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