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Separating out the elections in Scotland

Friday, August 31st, 2007

After the numerous mistakes and spoiled ballots (140,000 of them) that happened this spring in the Scottish elections, Scottish council umbrella group Cosla has called to separate out the local council elections from the elections for Scottish Parliament.
[Via the BBC]
The Open Rights Group observed and reported on the elections and concluded that they could not […]

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 […]

Very plain language EULA

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

In part of my research for the Eduserv study on the use of open content licences, such as Creative Commons, by cultural heritage organisations, I ran into Spoken Word Services.  This site is an audio archive of BBC material held for access by educational institutions.
It has an extremely informal End User Licence Agreement (EULA). I […]

ORG supporters in Scotland meet up?

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

So what does everyone think about organising some sort of meetup of Open Rights Group supporters and like-minded folk in Scotland?  We’ve been discussing it a bit on the ORG-Discuss list, but I wanted to also post my thoughts here as well.
It looks like it will be in Edinburgh, in July. Preferably on a Thursday […]

June 2007 issue of SCRIPT-ed available

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

The June 2007 issue of SCRIPT-ed, the Journal of Law and Technology, is
now available:
In this issue:

“Douglas v Hello! - An OK! result”, Gillian Black

Peer-Reviewed Articles   

“Do Asian Nations Take Intellectual Property Rights Seriously?” Assafa Endeshaw.
“The day after the Computer-Implemented Inventions Directive: who won the battle and when shall the war end?”  Konstantinos Fotinopoulos.
“Without Walls: Copyright Law […]

Open Rights Group - E-Voting report now out

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

May 2007 Election Report: Findings of the Open Rights Group Election Observation Mission in Scotland and England.
This report gives the findings of ORG’s election observers from the trial projects at e-voting in Scotland and England from May 2007.  For further details, please consult the site.  The conclusions on the Scottish Parliament follow:
The Scottish Parliamentary Ballot […]

Scottish news coverage of IP

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Two stories were brought to my attention about IP in the Scottish press. The first “Protection is there to stop rivals making a monkey out of you” in the Scotsman is a quick review of what the various IP rights are and how they are important to businesses. One area that I’d like to […]

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