Ed Champion is investigating whether certain bloggers included in Amazon's Kindle launch were made "Kindle Blogs" without authorization or licensing. He cites two examples (Daniel McGowan and Cork Gaines) of bloggers who apparently are included in the Kindle Store without their permission.
Issue-spotting the Live Web, attorney Denise Howell muses about cutting edge technology-related legal issues.
<p>Denise Howell is an appellate, intellectual property and technology lawyer who enjoys broad industry recognition for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law. For further details please see her <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/practice/">professional background</a> and <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/speaking/">speaking schedule</a>.</p> <p>Denise's career is characterized by her passionate engagement in intellectual property issues, technology, media, and all forms of online communication. She writes one of the first law-related weblogs, <a href="http://bagandbaggage.com/">Bag and Baggage</a> and coined the term "blawg" as shorthand for legal weblog. She hosts <a href="http://twit.tv/twil">this WEEK in LAW</a> on <a href="http://twit.tv/">TWiT,</a> probing the areas where technology and society intersect in ways that present new, unique, or difficult issues under existing and developing law, and has a further audio series at IT Conversations, <a href="http://soundpolicy.net/">Sound Policy</a>. She is a regular columnist for The American Lawyer magazine. Denise is a member of the <a href="http://identitygang.org/">Identity Gang</a>, <a href="http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/projectvrm/Main_Page">Project VRM</a>, a board member of the <a href="http://attentiontrust.org/">Attention Trust</a>, and an advisory board member of <a href="http://lisensa.com/">Lisensa</a>/<a href="http://www.toptensources.com/">Top Ten Media</a> and the <a href="http://lpig.org/">Law and Policy Institutions Guide</a></p>
The recent and unexpected passing of my grandmother (she was the only 98-year-old I've known who could, and did, blindside hundreds with her death) opened my eyes to the fact that death in 2007 has become an online, interactive experience. The mortuary partnered with MeM.
Forget about things like the fact Google's at $741 and Apple's at $191. Were you to try to rent a car at San Jose Airport tomorrow (Wednesday), you would discover that every single vehicle — from every single carrier — is spoken for.
Robert Scoble is wondering whether accessibility laws may cripple videocasts (and presumably podcasts). Scott Bourne had an interesting (if inconclusive) post on the subject last year, and the head lemur posits that the touchstone (in the context of the Target case presently in the news) may be whether or not you're doing e-commerce.
Then get on over to Ed Bott's Microsoft Report, where his poll on digital media ethics has garnered an overwhelming, and highly educational, response.
WikiPatents, "a public community that reviews US patents and pending patent applications," is one year old and now home to information and commentary about over 10 million patents and patent applications. It also is as far as I know the only place you can sort patent data by whether the invention in question is amusing, clever, complex, efficient, historic, important, innovative, interesting, practical or simple.
If you're doing business on the Live Web, get thee this Wednesday, October 10, to EFF's Bootcamp, "a one-day session for Web 2.0 workers on user generated content:"Does your interactive company have to contend with the maze of laws dealing with user privacy and publishing user content?
Dennis Kennedy pointed me to Shelley Powers, who pointed me in turn to Slashdot and Professor Lessig. All concern a lawsuit pending in Dallas, TX against Virgin Mobile and Creative Commons concerning Virgin's advertising use of a minor's picture posted by the girl's youth counselor to Flickr under a CC-Attribution license (which permits commercial use).
Through his always enriching podcast, I've heard Cory Doctorow give variations on his privacy talk at least five or six times over the last year. The most current iteration is available at Intel's/Josh Bancroft's BitStories.
Some very competitively interesting Web companies are being launched and/or featured today and tomorrow at TechCrunch40. In the wrap-up portion of the Community Collaboration session, former Napster executive Don Dodge was quick to note that many of these companies depend on user submissions and uploads to populate their services, and they need to be managing the IP considerations on the front end.
iPhone hacking meets the DMCA, new ways to owe money to the RIAA, bad music and its aftermath, and more — now playing in my Google Reader Starred Items:iPhone Unlocked; Legal Battle Looming?, from Ed FeltenUnlocking the iPhone could invite a lawsuit, from Computerworld Breaking NewsIs Unlocking Apple's iPhone Legal?
Following up on the Nixon Peabody song story, it's worth noting:One of David Lat's related posts is now the sixth fifth Google search result for Nixon Peabody; andThe saga of the song has been added to the firm's Wikipedia entry.Here are the lyrics in their entirety, by the way.
News reporting is one of the classic examples of fair use, and blogger David Lat contends the doctrine covers his posting a groaningly bad "motivational" song leaked from a large law firm. The law firm disagrees, setting the stage for a DMCA takedown-putback tussle.
Tim O'Reilly and John Markoff have good writeups on public.resource.
Remember that between entries here you can keep up with the Live Web (and other) issues I'm spotting by subscribing to my Google Reader Starred Items. Among the links now playing:California court invalidates Alienware arbitration provision in online terms and conditions, from Internet Cases by Evan Brown"Among other things, the memorandum suggests that the [U.