Archive for February, 2008

Absence of Malice

Sure Harper sucks and winter is long. But I just don’t care right now. Got more important things on my mind. Ummm. I support the local sports team. I need to make sure that I know where my passport is and that it is valid. *ruffles through papers* Expires in 2012. Good.

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Techdirt: Is A Photograph A Derivative Work Of The Object In The Photo?

Techdirt: Is A Photograph A Derivative Work Of The Object In The Photo?

A derivative work is supposed to be for something that “recast, transformed, or adapted” the original work, and is normally used for something like a translation of copyrighted material. However, does a photograph really recast, transform or adapt the object? Or is it an entirely separate work?

The kind of thing I stay up at night worrying about.  (( as I farm primals ))

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EFF says patent reform could bust its Patent Busting Project

EFF says patent reform could bust its Patent Busting Project

The EFF has sent a letter to Senators Patrick Leahy D-VT and Arlen Specter R-PA outlining its problems with the Patent Reform Act the bill has already passed the House. Under the bills current language, patents will be subject to a post-grant review process, but the current reexamination system would be scrapped.The post-grant review system would allow nonprofits like the EFF to challenge bum patents for only 12 months after they are issued.

Seriously. Why should there be any time limit?

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