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Helping make Prof. Lessig’s case for him

So, Steve Jobs introduced iCloud to the world yesterday. Michael Speck from Music Industry Piracy Investigations (the people who bring down pirates like Kazaa for the record industry) declared: Apple was “no better than the old p2p pirates”. Now, at one level, Apple is not doing that much that hasn’t already been done before: Apple own webpage compares its service to those already on offer from Amazon and Google. Here’s.. Read More

Government responses to ACIP enforcement reviews

The Government has announced its responses to ACIP’s reviews of: post-grant Patent enforcement; and enforcement of plant breeder’s rights. On a quick skim, the main recommendation to introduce a Patents Tribunal to determine “IP” disputes has been found non-viable due to the limitations on the Commonwealth’s repository of judicial powers. With WIPO’s arbitration and mediation service in mind, however, IP Australia is to work with alternative dispute resolution providers to.. Read More

Lessig at e-G8 or Le civilised Internet vs gales of creative destruction

While we’re having our dark mutterings about what might be in a “Convergence Review“, the Leaders of the Free World (or at least the Western Hemisphere) meeting at Deauville have declared: 5. We discussed new issues such as the Internet which are essential to our societies, economies and growth. For citizens, the Internet is a unique information and education tool, and thus helps to promote freedom, democracy and human rights… Read More

Inducing patent infringement in the USA

The US Supreme Court has ruled that liability for inducing infringement of a patent under US law requires knowledge of the patent or something called ‘wilful blindness’ to the patent’s existence. Patently-O summarises and includes a link to download¬†Global-Tech Appliances, inc. v. SEB S.A. Now, I do know that their law is different to our law. For a start, under our law¬†infringement can lie in ‘authorising’ the infringer, not (just).. Read More