Last week's set of Canadian Supreme Court decisions gutting the copyright laws make me wonder whether there is any serious jurisprudence in Canada.
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The United Nations has nothing to offer in the patent dialog and should stay out of it.
The behavior of some patent and copyright "trolls" is distasteful, but this doesn't justify dismantling intellectual property law.
Italian law says Apple must provide two years of support free. Seriously.
I have to wonder if funding a bureaucracy like the FCC, which first must approve a merger like Comcast's and then levies minor fines for minor infractions while making grand claims and paying out bureaucrats' salaries, is taxpayer money well spent.
Fanboys and Fangirls: what do you say about technology patents now that your beloved Apple is being protected by them?
The $10 million Facebook "sponsored stories" settlement is actually a $10 million settlement plus $10 million in legal fees. And I wonder why people hate lawyers.
Cows have been around for ages, and nobody ever figured out how to butcher this particular steak. The inventors of this process have effectively made every cow worth more, and deserve a piece of the action.
I find it hard to remember life before Google Maps. I want to see the service move forward, not back, Senator Schumer.
Facebook is a free service paid for by advertising. You want to use it for free, you have to accept some creepy ads.
The minority, in this instance, is correct: software patents have an important role to play. Right and wrong are not determined by vote.
There are improvements that can be made to the patent system, but they are the same types of incremental improvements every large system needs. Scrapping the system is just a bad idea.
Given that we're progressing toward a society that makes its money through products of the mind not of the factory, our economic health depends on incentivizing our best and brightest to innovate, by making innovation a reliable way to accumulate wealth.
The hardware/software distinction is another of those oft-repeated but intellectually nonsensical distinctions that we need to do away with if we are to have an intelligent discussion about software patents.
The Department of Justice is breaking up a conspiracy. The only problem is that the whole point of this conspiracy is to defeat a monopoly. So the DOJ winds up supporting a monopoly. Nice.