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[News] Intellectual Monopolists Attack Innocent People, Companies

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolists Attack Innocent People, Companies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 05:51:34 +0000
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IFPI Loses âDeep-Linkingâ Case Against Baidu

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| In 2008, Baidu was sued for around $9 
| million by Sony BMG, Universal Music and 
| Warner Music for providing so-called âdeep-
| linksâ to copyright music tracks. A court 
| has now ruled that providing search results 
| does not breach copyright law, clearing 
| Chinaâs biggest search engine of wrong-
| doing.


Piracy letter campaign 'nets innocents'

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| More than 150 people have approached 
| consumer publication Which? Computing 
| claiming to have been wrongly targeted in 
| crackdowns on illegal file-sharing.


Copyright, companies, individuals and news: the rules of the road

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| This is just a partial list, and it may 
| strike you as radical. But before you 
| dismiss it, consider this: most copyright 
| systems are supposed to work this way in 
| theory. But between corporate bullies who 
| like to assert that "all rights reserved" 
| means that no one is allowed to do anything 
| without permission, and personal theories 
| of what copyright means based on half-
| remembered lectures from the company 
| lawyer, we treat copyright as absolute. And 
| when we do, we turn a system with a real 
| purpose (providing a framework for 
| participants in creative businesses) into a 
| caricature of itself, one that no one can 
| respect.



Is IP another bubble about to burst? A view from another civilization.

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| As a child growing up in India, one of the
| first things I learned is a hymn to
| Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, which
| says that:
| Wonderful is your gift of knowledge
| the more we share, the more it grows
| the more we hoard it, the more it diminishes
| As a grown-up living in a globalized world,
| I am constantly bombarded by the the term,
| âintellectual property.â Policy makers keep
| saying that India should create more IP.
| Countless seminars extol the virtues of IP
| even as patents are granted for âMethod for
| swinging on a swing,â "Method for Concealing
| Partial Baldness." In the computer industry,
| patents are routinely granted for things
| that are obvious and have been known for
| years. Things have come to such a pass that
| even an industry veteran like Andy Grove was
| forced to say that,  âThe true value of an
| invention is its usefulness to the public.
| Patents themselves have become products.
| They're instruments of investment traded on
| a separate market, often by speculators
| motivated by the highest financial return on
| their investment....
| [...]
| When we look back on our times, we may find
| that the term, "Intellectual Property" has
| taken its place along side another archaic
| term, "Horseless Carriage." Both were
| attempts to impose metaphors of the past on
| the future. And the folly of our times is
| that we treat inexhaustible resources like
| knowledge as finite resource and treat
| finite resources like oil and forests as
| infinite resources. The sooner we turn these
| attitudes around, the better it will be for
| the future of mankind.

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