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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Go Too Far Again, Hinder Conversation and Thinking

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Go Too Far Again, Hinder Conversation and Thinking
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:34:03 +0000
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Developer Seems To Think Trademark On 'Army Builder' Means No One Can Use It In Conversation

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| But apparently Lone Wolf has been sending 
| out cease-and-desists to websites that have 
| nothing to do with Lone Wolf's Army Builder, 
| and demanding that the phrase be blocked in 
| forums on totally different subjects. Yes, 
| they're saying that no one can use the term 
| in conversation
| [...]
| Update: As pointed out in the comments -- 
| and in a friendly email from Lone Wolf's 
| lawyers -- Lone Wolf has backed down a bit 
| and sorta, but not really, apologized. The 
| guy claims that he's not a lawyer (though, 
| whoever emailed us said they were a lawyer 
| representing the company), and didn't quite 
| realize what he was doing (and it showed).


Summit Entertainment Sues, Saying Only It Can Make A Documentary About How 'Twilight' Impacted Forks, WA

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| As for the copyright claim, again, that 
| seems rather weak, as it seems to focus on 
| still images. There may be an issue with the 
| unauthorized documentary makers originally 
| using a cover that was similar to the 
| original cover pitched by Heckelsville, but 
| even then, the makers of the unauthorized 
| documentary have already agreed to change 
| the cover to make it different. 


Your Rights Online: Australian Judge Rules Facts Cannot Be Copyrighted

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| nfarrell writes "Last week, an Australian 
| Judge ruled that copyright laws do not apply 
| to collections of facts, regardless of the 
| amount of effort that was spent collecting 
| them. In this case, the case surrounded the 
| reproduction of entries from the White and 
| Yellow Pages, but the ruling referred to a 
| previous case involving IceTV, which 
| republishes TV guides. Does this mean that 
| other databases of facts, such as financial 
| data, are also legally able to be copied and 
| redistributed?" Here are analyses from a 
| former legal adviser to the directory 
| publisher which prevailed as the defendant 
| in this case, and from Smart Company.


Telstra loses copyright case over Yellow Pages and White Pages 

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| ANYONE can now copy and reuse listings in 
| the Yellow Pages and White Pages, after a 
| court ruled they are not protected by 
| copyright.


Australian Court Says You Can't Copyright Facts; Phone Books Not Protected

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| There are some places that do allow 
| copyrights on aggregated facts, but a 
| growing body of research has found that such 
| "database rights" or copyrights on 
| aggregated facts tends to hinder innovation 
| rather than encourage it -- and if the 
| purpose of copyright law is to create 
| incentives for new works and for innovation, 
| allowing copyrights on collections of 
| factual information is a bad idea. So, 
| congrats to Australia on another good 
| copyright ruling.



The ACTA Guide, Part One: The Talks To-Date

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| The 7th round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
| Agreement negotiations begins tomorrow in
| Guadalajara, Mexico.  The negotiation round
| will be the longest to-date, with three and
| a half days planned to address civil
| enforcement, border measures, the Internet
| provisions, and (one hour for)
| transparency.  Over the next five days, I
| plan to post a five-part ACTA Guide that
| will include sourcing for much of the
| discussion on ACTA, links to all the leaked
| documents, information on the transparency
| issue, and a look at who has been speaking
| out.


Oz gov suggests world's worst copyright protection scheme

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| In their submission, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) have expressed
| concern that "the proposed legislation provides a very broad exception to the
| prohibition on interception of network communications for the purposes of
| ensuring that a network is "appropriately used"".

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