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Great way to start a EULA

Friday, December 7th, 2007

I’m updating some software, and saw this beginning to the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), which I really like. It highlights a more business oriented approach that tries to engage with their customer base, and puts off some criticism of the one-sided nature of EULAs — at least from a PR standpoint if not […]

Open Rights Group

Monday, November 19th, 2007

ORG is two years old! The report of ORG’s first two years of activity is available from their site (click here). I’m proud to say that I’ve played a small part in helping out ORG over this time, though of course not nearly as much as the amazing people on ORG’s board and of course […]

Post about Open Source Summit at ORG

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I posted over at the Open Rights Group blog about last week’s Open Source Summit sponsored by Olswang and Greenberg Traurig. The link is here.

EFF is hiring a staff attorney

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

For those interested:
Intellectual Property Staff Attorney
EFF is seeking an intellectual property staff attorney for its legal team. Responsibilities will include litigation, public speaking, media outreach, plus legislative and regulatory advocacy, all in connection with a variety of intellectual property and high technology matters.
Qualified candidates should have at least four years of legal experience, with knowledge […]

Tartan IP

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

The Scotsman has reported some moves towards providing an official registry of tartans (’plaid’ to my American readers), that would share many features of traditional IP rights. It looks like the system could involve:

A system of registration, much like for trademarks or for registered designs.
Registrations would be reviewed for uniqueness and authenticity.

No word on […]

Quote of the day

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

[F]or all I know, the monks had a fit when Gutenberg made his press.
– Justice Stephen Breyer
Transcript of Oral Argument at 11, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 125 S. Ct. 2764 (2005) (04-480).

Business method patents for lawyers?

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

So via this article at the ABA, Crisis Pending, apparently there has been quite a flurry in the past few years in patenting tax strategies — legal advice — and more are on their way in the United States. Business method patents aren’t allowable in the UK. I have to disagree with […]

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