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How to type © Copyright symbol. Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal. Our copyright laws are stealing from the mouths of Charles Dickens' great-great-great-great grandchildren On Tuesday 14th, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) posted a message on, stating: "If you have downloaded music using this website you may have committed a criminal offence which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine under UK law.

Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal

" SOCA's threat is a stirring defence of what we hold dear in this country – the right of a creator to benefit from their intellectual property, whether it be a song, book, film, or game. Without this assurance of compensation, we might not see any new creative works being produced at all, and so it's for this reason that we've continually lengthened copyright terms from 14-28 years as set out by the Statue of Anne in 1710 to "lifetime plus 70 years" today. The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: It's evolution, stupid.

When I was 9 years old I got my first computer, an Amiga 500.

The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: It's evolution, stupid

It was the best computer ever built, with great graphics, amazing sound and seven times faster than the Commodore 64. One of my friends said that the Amiga was useless since you needed to boot it from floppies. On the C64 you could program without even a cassette. Of course the C64 died while the Amiga flourished. Crowdsourcing patent prior art discovery to thwart trolls. March 02, 2012, 10:58 AM — Prior art discovery kills patent trolls, but research is tough.

Crowdsourcing patent prior art discovery to thwart trolls

Article One Partners offers an army of geeks recognition and rewards. STOP GOPA - @Google Online Piracy Act goes into effect March 1st - Please Share. Press release - Public Domain Jam - New Years Night & Brunch. Some Arguments Against ACTA. The ACTA agreement has sparked protests all over Europe It is true that some claims made by some opponents to ACTA have been exaggerated, which is perhaps natural, but is still unfortunate.

Some Arguments Against ACTA

There is no need to paint ACTA as being worse than it actually is. There are enough things about ACTA to raise concern anyway. Here are some of them: The "Official" Blog of the University of Texas Law School's Music Law Seminar. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Weighs In On Patent Issues: They’re ‘Terrible’ Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman and former CEO, took the stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco today to talk about a host of topics, including the success of Google Apps, his feelings about Steve Jobs, Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola, with the conversation with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff even ranging into Schmidt’s thoughts on the current landscape facing the U.S. patent market.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Weighs In On Patent Issues: They’re ‘Terrible’

The executive chairman began by addressing the purchase of Nortel Networks’ roster of patents by a group of buyers that included some of Google’s rivals, including Microsoft and Apple. Fellow TechCruncher MG Siegler covered the back-and-forth between Google and Microsoft that unfolded in regard to the supposition that the group that bought the Nortel patents was effectively attempting to cut the legs out from underneath Android.