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[News] Microsoft and Its Buddy GE (of MSNBC Bias) Lobby for Intellectual Monopolies

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft and Its Buddy GE (of MSNBC Bias) Lobby for Intellectual Monopolies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:00:55 +0100
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More Evil from the Intellectual Monopolies Mob 

,----[ Quote ]
| Basically, the IM mob are desperately trying to con 
| unions into doing their dirty work by pushing out 
| propaganda on intellectual monopolies. I just love 
| the line "The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of 
| America) and IIPA (International Intellectual 
| Property Association) were both very enthusiastic 
| about this proposal": you bet they are. Their own 
| ham-fisted efforts have backfired so spectacularly 
| that they are desperate for someone else not tainted 
| by their inept approach of punishing consumers to 
| try.
| The following is also significant:
|     The discussion on future work mostly focus on 
|     climate change. General Electric and Microsoft 
|     were particularly outspoken in highlighting their 
|     fear that some current negotiations over green 
|     technology and IPR would weaken IPR. They also 
|     denounced the inclusion of proposals that limit 
|     patentable subject matter and recommend 
|     compulsory licenses or licenses of rights.
| As well as Microsoft's usual bleating about not being 
| allowed to patent software in some jurisdictions, 
| it's interesting to note that both it and General 
| Electric seem to rate the preservation of 
| intellectual monopolies rather higher than the 
| preservation of our planet. Pure evil.


Cracks in the ACTA Wall of Secrecy

,----[ Quote ]
| Hitherto, there's been no suggestion of any 
| dissension within the ACTA ranks; so this comment in 
| a blog post from Jamie Love about a lunch meeting of 
| civil society NGOs held by the UK's Intellectual 
| Property Office during the WIPO meeting is 
| intriguing:
|    The UK IP office said it had complained frequently | of the secrecy of the ACTA negotiations.
| Perhaps if we can get a few more of the insiders 
| moaning about this unnecessary lack of transparency, 
| things will finally start moving.



Microsoft pushes for single global patent system

,----[ Quote ]
| A senior lawyer at Microsoft is calling for the creation of a global patent
| system to make it easier and faster for corporations to enforce their
| intellectual property rights around the world.
| In a blog posting on Tuesday, Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel Horacio
| Gutierrez said that a backlog of patent applications internationally was
| needed to tackle the 3.5 million pending patent applications around the world
| â including around 750,000 in the US.

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