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Author Topic: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law  (Read 48502 times)

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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #140 on: January 02, 2009, 06:07:47 PM »

Okay, it seems that Worlds.com is actually citing Lineage (1) as an infringement on the patent.

Lineage came out in 1998, two years before Worlds.com even filed the patent.

If the Judge does nothing less than beat these people to death with his gavel, I'm going to be something irate.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #141 on: January 02, 2009, 07:10:08 PM »

You'll notice that it's actually an approved patent though.

...in case you weren't aware, the entire patent system in the U.S. is a pile of shit.

But it could be worse.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #142 on: January 02, 2009, 07:21:14 PM »

 :facepalm:
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #143 on: January 07, 2009, 06:37:46 AM »

iTunes Music Store to ditch DRM.

Pretty fucking huge.  It's still unthinkable that the movie, TV, or game industries will do the same anytime soon, but you know they'll be watching this to see what happens.

I want to see it work, of course, but at the same time I'm still reluctant to give the RIAA any of my money.  Any good indy labels on there?
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #144 on: January 07, 2009, 08:01:02 AM »

Touch & Go, Killrockstars, a few others are on there.  Basic rule of thumb is if you like something, just check out their website or Wiki page.  That'll usually tell you what record label they're on.

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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #146 on: January 07, 2009, 10:35:59 AM »

The people who cried about the DRM on iTunes most fervently never actually bought any music, though!

We'll call it the "hypocrite tax".

(note: I am being flippant and do not need a three page treatise on why I am wrong)
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #148 on: January 07, 2009, 04:12:07 PM »

I may get sued for copyright infringement!
How boring.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #149 on: January 07, 2009, 04:59:25 PM »

  FTC holding town meeting on DRM, wants comments (link goes to form)



Thanks, I contributed my opinion, which was that they should read the rant online of a successful science fiction publishing company, as found on their main page for the free online library.

I assure you, the library's only there to get people hooked.  It works.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #151 on: January 10, 2009, 02:21:51 PM »

Via GP, the new chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet is Rick Boucher, who has attempted to curtail the DMCA in the past.  Good news for consumers.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #153 on: January 20, 2009, 05:00:54 PM »

...but it's still there.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #154 on: January 20, 2009, 06:08:10 PM »

Taken from a foriegn source. The video linked in the article is removed.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #156 on: February 05, 2009, 06:59:10 PM »

AP threatens to sue Shepard Fairey for making a poster based on one of their photos.

Bors Blog has a nice rundown of the legal underpinnings.

Incidentally, I've mentioned before that my uncle's best-known work is also derivative works of famous photographs.  If memory serves, he was a little apprehensive that a copyright owner might file frivolous suit against him, but apparently they had more sense than the AP and knew such a case would be meritless.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #158 on: February 11, 2009, 10:51:47 AM »

About halfway through this article [via Wall Street Journal] that discusses the Kindle 2, there is this statement, concerning the text-to-speech function:

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"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. "That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law."

I don't even know how to respond to this, but I felt that some of you would have interesting input.
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Re: Another thread on copyright/patent/trademark law
« Reply #159 on: February 11, 2009, 11:21:36 AM »

The Author's Guild is going to sue my mom.   :sadpanda:
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