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Archive for February, 2007

UNT’s cybercemetery

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Heard about this one through KERA’s North Texas News and Commentary podcast awhile back. The University of North Texas, my old alma mater, runs a cybercemetery ‘to provide permanent public access to the Web sites and publications of defunct U.S. government agencies and commissions.’ It is a pretty great resource for materials that the U.S. […]

The CIA has a wiki?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Cass Sunstein has a nice op-ed about wikis over at WaPo, in which we learn:
The Central Intelligence Agency disclosed the existence of its top-secret Intellipedia project, based on Wikipedia software (and now containing more than 28,000 pages), in late October. The agency hopes to use dispersed information to reduce the risk of intelligence failures. NASA […]

Documentary films and insurance

Monday, February 26th, 2007

When I give talks to aspiring filmmakers, one of the points when I go over fair use that I regrettably have to make is that despite a clear fair use argument, if they are trying to get commercial release that they will need copyright clearance anyway. This is because of the difficulty of getting Errors […]

Head of WIPO misrepresents age

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Via IP-Watch, WIPO Director Kamil Idris has misrepresented his age by 9 years. One possibility that can be drawn fromt the article is that he might have done it to appear older in order to get a position at WIPO. What is clear from the article is that he misrepresented his age, but […]


Friday, February 23rd, 2007

There is a story in yesterday’s Scotsman about the increase in mediation in Scotland. It is a profile on advocate John Sturrock QC and his mediation firm Core Solutions, which offers mediation services. One comparative aspect caught my eye:
He says the use of mediation in corporate and business matters has grown dramatically in Scotland […]

Open Doc bill assigned to committee

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

As mentioned earlier, SB446 is a bill introduced by Senator Hinjosa of the Texas Senate requiring the use of open document formats for electronic state documents. The bill has been read and sent to the State Affairs committee.
For a bit of background, Massachusetts has had a similar requirement in place for some time (2005). See […]

First minister warns of China’s IP

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Via the Herald, First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell discussed the business risks of Scottish companies expanding into China in relation to IP:
“In music and games, there are real issues for global companies who are finding that what is about to become the biggest consumer society, which should be very open and available, is obviously […]

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