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[News] New Stepping Stones Towards Defeating Intellectual Insanity

  • Subject: [News] New Stepping Stones Towards Defeating Intellectual Insanity
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 06:19:46 +0000
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Major Victory Against Neo-colonial Patents

,----[ Quote ]
| Patents are bad enough, because they 
| enclose knowledge. But when they steal that 
| knowledge from the lore of traditional 
| medicine, it's a double crime - adding a 
| dash of neo-colonialism to the mix. So 
| here's some good news on that front:
|     The Opposition Division of the European 
|     Patent Office (EPO) has today revoked a 
|     patent granted to Dr. Willmar Schwabe 
|     (Schwabe) in its entirety. The patent 
|     was opposed by the African Centre for 
|     Biosafety (ACB) from South Africa 
|     acting on behalf of a rural community 
|     in Alice, in the Eastern Cape, in 
|     collaboration with the Swiss anti-
|     biopiracy watchdog, the Berne 
|     Declaration.


Brazil's proposal at WIPO on patent limitations and exceptions (SCP/14/7)

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| On January 15, 2010 the Permanent Mission 
| of Brazil to the World Trade Organization 
| and other economic organizations in Geneva 
| submitted a proposal to the World 
| Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 
| The Brazilian note verbale to WIPO notes 
| that the proposal:
|     "aims at contributing to the discussion 
|     of exceptions and limitations to patent 
|     rights. . . While not purporting to 
|     cover all interfaces of the matter with 
|     development concerns, it emphasizes the 
|     importance of promoting a wide and 
|     sustained debate on the issue in the 
|     SCP".


Recalibrating Intellectual Monopolies 

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| "The Public Domain is the rule, copyright 
| protection is the exception": sounds like a 
| good encapsulation to me - let's start 
| spreading it.


Brian Eno Explains How The Recording Industry Is Like Whale Blubber

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| Then I go back to my computer, and see an 
| anonymous submission of a wonderfully 
| brilliant interview with music legend Brian 
| Eno... and right there at the end, he has a 
| beautiful description of what's happening 
| to the recording industry -- comparing it 
| to whale blubber:
|     "I think records were just a little 
|     bubble through time and those who made 
|     a living from them for a while were 
|     lucky. There is no reason why anyone 
|     should have made so much money from 
|     selling records except that everything 
|     was right for this period of time. I 
|     always knew it would run out sooner or 
|     later. It couldn't last, and now it's 
|     running out. I don't particularly care 
|     that it is and like the way things are 
|     going. The record age was just a blip. 
|     It was a bit like if you had a source 
|     of whale blubber in the 1840s and it 
|     could be used as fuel. Before gas came 
|     along, if you traded in whale blubber, 
|     you were the richest man on Earth. Then 
|     gas came along and you'd be stuck with 
|     your whale blubber. Sorry mate -- 
|     history's moving along. Recorded music 
|     equals whale blubber. Eventually, 
|     something else will replace it." 


South Butt David versus North Face Goliath

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| The North Face filed the lawsuit, claiming 
| that The South Butt is confusingly similar 
| to The North Face, in violation of North 
| Face's trademark rights. 


Vancouver Olympics 'Brand Protection Guidelines' Almost Entirely Arbitrary


The Legacy of Baker Street

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| The law gives an author and the authorâs 
| descendants more than adequate control over 
| creative work â a minimum of the authorâs 
| life plus 70 years. The public is better 
| served if copyrights have a reasonable 
| limit. Sherlock Holmes should belong to us 
| all right now. 



RIAA in pickle over Jammie Thomas ruling

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| The music industry will have to make some
| very tough choices within the next week
| about file sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset.
| The Recording Industry Association of
| America wants to put the Thomas-Rasset
| affair behind it. The Brainerd, Minn.,
| mother--who refused to settle with the RIAA
| for $5,000 over copyright infringement
| allegations, instead fighting it out in
| court--has been found liable of willful
| copyright infringement by two different
| juries and was ordered to pay damages of
| $222,000 in her first trial (a decision
| later thrown out) and $1.9 million last
| June in her retrial.

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