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  • Why Create?

    Copyfight
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The whole point of creating is affecting other people. In a short piece on John Scalzi's "Whatever" blog, author, actor, and publisher Felicia Day comments on her new book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Scalzi runs these pieces often, inviting authors with newly published works to talk about the big ideas and geneses of their books. Usually those are SFF novels, but sometimes other authors appear. In this case, Ms. Day's book is part humor, part memoir, and part commentary on the technosocial milieu of the early 21st century, as seen from Day's point of view. That POV starts…
  • Our Kickstarter was a huge success, thanks to all of you!

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Sarah Hinchliff Pearson
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    We are thrilled to announce that 1,687 people backed our Kickstarter campaign, which successfully raised $65,420 – over 130% of our funding goal. We’re told by Kickstarter that Creative Commons is now among the top 5% of publishing projects in the history of the crowdfunding platform. All thanks to you, our supporters! What’s next?! Email us (sarah@creativecommons.org) to nominate companies or creators who we should profile in our book and see our work in progress by following the project on Medium. Thanks for sharing!
  • Google becomes Alphabet

    Coyle's InFormation
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    I thought it was a joke, especially when the article said that they have two investment companies, Ventures and Capital. But it's all true, so I have this to say:G is for Google, H is for cHutzpah. In addition to our investment companies Ventures and Capital, we are instituting a think tank, Brain, and a company focused on carbon-based life-based forms, Body. Servicing these will be three key enterprises: Food, Water, and Air. Support will be provided by Planet, a subsidiary of Universe. Of course, we'll also need to provide Light. Let there be. Singularity. G is for God. 
  • 3 Count: Undivided Street

    Plagiarism Today
    Jonathan Bailey
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:54 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Australian Anti-Piracy Notice Scheme Delayed First off today, Ben Grubb at The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, though today was meant to be the start date for a new anti-piracy regime in Australia, the new system, which was designed to warn users if their account had been used for copyright infringement, has been delayed over battles of the costs of the system and who should pay for it. The system, which is separate from the site blocking regime also introduced in the country, was meant to send warnings to…
  • A New World of Subsidiary Rights

    Beyond the Book
    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Long ago, publishers built the first global networks, even if they didn’t call them that. They were bookstores and warehouses. Publishing still relies on interlocking networks and exchanges, but in 2015 they are virtual and digital. Rights are the essential links in the new distribution networks. Which rights are most prized? Which markets are on the rise? Will demand for digital products make print extinct? What does it take to keep you safe from piracy? In a recent webinar for CCC, Publishing Technology’s Randy Petway outlined the basics of a rights portfolio audit and discussed some of…
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    Copyfight

  • Why Create?

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The whole point of creating is affecting other people. In a short piece on John Scalzi's "Whatever" blog, author, actor, and publisher Felicia Day comments on her new book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Scalzi runs these pieces often, inviting authors with newly published works to talk about the big ideas and geneses of their books. Usually those are SFF novels, but sometimes other authors appear. In this case, Ms. Day's book is part humor, part memoir, and part commentary on the technosocial milieu of the early 21st century, as seen from Day's point of view. That POV starts…
  • Facebook Admits it Might Have a Video Piracy Problem

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Two months ago, advertising agency Ogilvy did a study of videos posted on peoples' Facebook pages and concluded that "73% of the most popular videos on Facebook had been ripped from other websites." There's a whole side issue here I don't have time to write about, relating to how Facebook has make itself as much of a walled garden as it can, thereby training people that they can't just link to other content, they have to put content into Facebook itself. That they follow this training with other peoples' (video) content isn't hugely surprising. But onward. Today the company announced that it…
  • A Natural Superfood, and Intellectual Property

    23 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    In the United States we are used to an IP regime where the state grants the IP rights (usually limited monopolies) but does not itself own IP. That's not universally true, though. Many other countries rest control of local IP with the government and control its use and export. Two of those countries are Bolivia and Ecuador. This matters because, as Lisa M. Hamilton reports for Harper's, these countries control the germ plasm (i.e. the biological IP) for quinoa. It's possible that quinoa is just another flash-in-the-pan fad-of-the-month food. But it's also possible that this crop, which…
  • WoWftVoE

    21 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Brian Eno has a few pithy words to say about the dangers of being too driven by your fans. As we drive farther into patronage models of supporting artists I think his warning will become more relevant.
  • Whatever You Write, Sell It

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    Last week while I was traveling, John Scalzi put up a long blog entry on the state of his writing earnings. The analysis compares his latest novel with an earlier analysis he did about 18 months ago for a previous book. He talks about sales, where his income is coming from, and the values he sees from working with established publishers for audiobook, e-book, and hard editions. Like any other single data point it's hard to know how much of this advice generalizes to others, but I particularly think people should pay attention to his "diversify" advice. It's more work for an author to build…
 
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  • Our Kickstarter was a huge success, thanks to all of you!

    Sarah Hinchliff Pearson
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    We are thrilled to announce that 1,687 people backed our Kickstarter campaign, which successfully raised $65,420 – over 130% of our funding goal. We’re told by Kickstarter that Creative Commons is now among the top 5% of publishing projects in the history of the crowdfunding platform. All thanks to you, our supporters! What’s next?! Email us (sarah@creativecommons.org) to nominate companies or creators who we should profile in our book and see our work in progress by following the project on Medium. Thanks for sharing!
  • CC Global Summit Logo Winner

    Timothy Vollmer
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
        Congratulations to Naresh Agrawal, the winner of the Creative Commons Global Summit logo competition. Naresh said, “I found the work of your organization inspiring and thought that it would be great to be a part of your journey.” We received nearly 50 logo submissions. Thanks so much to everyone who entered the contest, and to the hundreds of voters! The programming committee is hard at work reviewing the proposed sessions for the summit. Registration is open, so sign up to join us in Seoul 14-17 October. Early bird registration ends this Sunday, 23 August.
  • Next round of CC Global Summit keynotes

    Timothy Vollmer
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Two weeks ago we announced the initial set of speakers for the Creative Commons Global Summit. Today we’re happy to share two additional keynotes for our event: Soh-Yeong Roh and Kilnam Chon. The summit will take place in Seoul, South Korea from 14-17 October. Be sure to register for the summit–early bird registration ends 23 August! Soh-Yeong Roh by photo.naepflin.com licensed under CC BY. Soh-Yeong Roh is the founder and Director of Art Center Nabi in South Korea. She founded the center in 2000, transforming a contemporary art museum into a new media arts center. Nabi brings…
  • 4.0 Bahasa Indonesia translation – and a book!

    Jessica Coates
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Hot on the heels of the announcement a few weeks ago of new Japanese and Māori translations of our 4.0 licences, we have another new Asia-Pacific translation to celebrate – Bahasa Indonesia. Even more exciting, this time the translation team has gone above and beyond to complete a companion project – a Bahasa Indonesia translation of Open Content – A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences, creating a local how-to guide to go with the new licence translations. With approximately 42 million native speakers and about 260 million speakers in total, Bahasa Indonesia…
  • Obama administration should require sharing of federally funded educational resources under Creative Commons licenses

    Timothy Vollmer
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    White House by Diego Cambiaso, available under the CC BY-SA license. Today, Creative Commons and a broad coalition of education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations are calling upon the White House to take administrative action to ensure that federally funded educational materials are made available as Open Educational Resources (OER) for the public to freely use, share, and improve. We ask the administration to adopt a strong Executive branch-wide policy requiring that educational, training, and instructional materials created with federal funds be shared under an…
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    Coyle's InFormation

  • Google becomes Alphabet

    10 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    I thought it was a joke, especially when the article said that they have two investment companies, Ventures and Capital. But it's all true, so I have this to say:G is for Google, H is for cHutzpah. In addition to our investment companies Ventures and Capital, we are instituting a think tank, Brain, and a company focused on carbon-based life-based forms, Body. Servicing these will be three key enterprises: Food, Water, and Air. Support will be provided by Planet, a subsidiary of Universe. Of course, we'll also need to provide Light. Let there be. Singularity. G is for God. 
  • Flexibility in bibliographic models

    17 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    A motley crew of folks had a chat via Google Hangout earlier this week to talk about FRBR and Fedora. I know exactly squat about Fedora, but I've just spent 18 months studying FRBR and other bibliographic models, so I joined the discussion. We came to a kind of nodding agreement, that I will try to express here, but one that requires us to do some hard work if we are to make it something we can work with.The primary conclusion was that the models of FRBR and BIBFRAME, with their separation of bibliographic information into distinct entities, are too inflexible for general use. There are…
  • International Cataloguing Principles, 2015

    28 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    IFLA is revising the International Cataloguing Principles and asked for input. Although I doubt that it will have an effect, I did write up my comments and send them in. Here's my view of the principles, including their history. The original ICP dates from 1961 and read like a very condensed set of cataloging rules. [Note: As T Berger points out, this document was entitled "Paris Principles", not ICP.] It was limited to choice and form of entries (personal and corporate authors, titles). It also stated clearly that it applied to alphabetically sequenced catalogs:The principles here stated…
  • Catalogers and Coders

    11 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Mandy Brown has a blog post highlighting The Real World of Technology by Ursula Franklin. As Brown states it, Franklin describesholistic technologies and prescriptive technologies. In the former, a practitioner has control over an entire process, and frequently employs several skills along the way...By contrast, a prescriptive technology breaks a process down into steps, each of which can be undertaken by a different person, often with different expertise.It's the artisan vs. Henry Ford's dis-empowered worker. As we know, there has been some recognition, especially in the Japanese factory…
  • The 50's were a long decade

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Born in 1949, I grew up in the 50's. Those were the days of Gracie Allen ("Say goodnight, Gracie." "Goodnight, Gracie."), Lucille Ball, and Alice of the Honeymooners, for whom "To the moon, Alice!" did not mean that she could ever be astronaut. These were the models for the 1950's woman.I was always bright and precocious. Before starting kindergarten I taught myself to read the Dick and Jane books that were being read to me. My parents didn't believe that I could read so they bought a book I had never seen and I read it to them. From then on my mother's mantra was, "Karen, no one is ever…
 
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    Plagiarism Today

  • 3 Count: Undivided Street

    Jonathan Bailey
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:54 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Australian Anti-Piracy Notice Scheme Delayed First off today, Ben Grubb at The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, though today was meant to be the start date for a new anti-piracy regime in Australia, the new system, which was designed to warn users if their account had been used for copyright infringement, has been delayed over battles of the costs of the system and who should pay for it. The system, which is separate from the site blocking regime also introduced in the country, was meant to send warnings to…
  • Vote for Plagiarism Today at SXSW 2015

    Jonathan Bailey
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    While I know I’m a bit late to the party posting about this, there are still five crucial days left in SXSW Panel voting and we need your support to make our panel a reality. This year I am teaming up with Rami Essaid of Distil Networks, the truly awesome bot-blocking service, and Katie Sunstrom, a reformed blogger and an intellectual property attorney with Lorance & Thompson. The proposed talk is entitled “Digital Content & The Legality of Web Scraping”. The plan is to take a look at the prevalence of scraping on the Web and both how the legal and technological landscape is…
  • 3 Count: Pika-sue!

    Jonathan Bailey
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: The Pokémon Company Sues, Shuts Down Fan Gathering First off today, Emmanuel Maiberg at Vice Motherboard reports that The Pokémon Company International, the company that owns the rights to the popular game franchise, has filed a lawsuit against the organizers of a Pokémon-themed party that was scheduled to take place before the annual PAX gaming conference. The party, which was in its fifth year, has long served as an unofficial kickoff party for the main conference. However, The Pokémon Company filed the…
  • Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 367 – Butts & Cheating

    Jonathan Bailey
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    This week on the Copyright 2.0 Show we are tackling some of life’s most difficult and most important questions. Did Evan Sheres perform Bon Jovi? Can you copyright a chicken sandwich? What about a cheerleader uniform? What happens when a national anthem can’t be played for free? What on earth is the City of Inglewood thinking? You might not think these are deep, philosophical questions and you’d probably be right. But that doesn’t stop us from treating them with a level of reverence and care that they clearly do not deserve. But that’s not all this week as we also have updates on…
  • 3 Count: Partly SoundCloudy

    Jonathan Bailey
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: SoundCloud Sued for Copyright Infringement by PRS for Music First off today, Ben Sisario at The New York Times reports that the UK performing rights agency PRS has filed a lawsuit against music streaming service SoundCloud claiming that the service is infringing copyright by not obtaining licenses to play songs written by the more than 100,000 songwriters the organization represents. The lawsuit, which was filed in the UK, alleges that SoundCloud has been streaming songs written by its members without…
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    Beyond the Book

  • A New World of Subsidiary Rights

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Long ago, publishers built the first global networks, even if they didn’t call them that. They were bookstores and warehouses. Publishing still relies on interlocking networks and exchanges, but in 2015 they are virtual and digital. Rights are the essential links in the new distribution networks. Which rights are most prized? Which markets are on the rise? Will demand for digital products make print extinct? What does it take to keep you safe from piracy? In a recent webinar for CCC, Publishing Technology’s Randy Petway outlined the basics of a rights portfolio audit and discussed some of…
  • Best of BTB: Books Invented Everything

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    In 1968, Andy Warhol prophesied that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” The era of Pop Art and pop music saw the erosion of boundaries between high and low art, as well as the collapse of hierarchy in general. Warhol cannily recognized that technology and mass media would work together as the great levelers. Democratization came to books and journals decisively in the 1980s, when desktop publishing began to replace physical plants and industrial machinery. Digital media master Richard Nash says the digital revolution took many by surprise in the book world…
  • Good News, Bad News For Self-Publishing

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The book world this week is full of news from the ranks of “indie” or self-published authors: Good news for one children’s author, and bad news for several who feel cheated. And for another, the news is definitely in shades of grey. “A potential class action lawsuit alleging fraudulent business practices against Author Solutions has been discontinued after an undisclosed settlement in a development we expected after judge Denise Cote had earlier denied the case class certification,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Choosing the independent route in book…
  • Digital Age Not Golden For Writers, Artists

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    On Sunday in The New York Times Magazine, author Steven Johnson pointedly asked, “How is today’s creative class faring?” His own analysis of available data drew Johnson to conclude that the much-threatened “creative apocalypse” hadn’t materialized. That contrarian conclusion might be expected from a writer who has also argued that pop culture fosters complex thinking and not intellectual sloth as many suppose. Not surprisingly, many in the creative communities have struck back at the Johnson piece. They see a world of hurt in the wake of the Internet Age for all media. Rob Levine,…
  • Open Access: Which Direction? (II)

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This spring, the Research Councils UK, on behalf of the Global Research Council (GRC) and working together with the British Library, hosted a London workshop that brought together publishers, funders, libraries and other stakeholders from across the world to discuss perspectives on Open Access (OA) communication in a global research environment. A report, specially commissioned by RCUK, on attitudes to the future of commercial publishing in the light of open access, helped participants examine the current status of policy and practice and identify the next steps necessary to unlock the…
 
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    DigitalKoans

  • Digital Curation News (9/1/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    Policies for Long-term Curation and Preservation within Digital Repositories Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze UniCrawl: A Practical Geographically Distributed Web Crawler Research Data Management: A Primer Publication of the National Information Standards Organization Executive Director of the Open Preservation Foundation Notes from the First New England RDM Roundtable Discussion | New: Research Data Curation […]
  • Institutional Repository Coordinator at San Jose State University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:33 am
    San Jose State University is recruiting an Institutional Repository Coordinator. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The University Library Institutional Repository Specialist works respectfully and cooperatively with employees of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library to perform duties under general supervision, but works independently to achieve specified outcomes reporting to the University Library's Technical […]
  • "Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:32 am
    James Heilman has published "Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?" in PLOS Medicine. Here's an excerpt: Summary Points Currently no open access point-of-care (POC) medical summary aimed at a professional audience exists. Some nonprofit and multiple professional, for-profit POC medical summaries are frequently accessed […]
  • Data Repository Outreach Specialist at Purdue University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:31 am
    Purdue University is recruiting a Data Repository Outreach Specialist . Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Repository Outreach Specialist works with colleagues in the Libraries, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, and Information Technology at Purdue to provide conduct outreach, training, and help to coordinate the on-going operation, support, […]
  • Research Data Management: A Primer Publication of the National Information Standards Organization

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    NISO has released Research Data Management: A Primer Publication of the National Information Standards Organization. Here's an excerpt from the announcement: The primer on Research Data Management provides an overview of how data management has changed in recent years, and outlines best practices for the collection, documentation, and preservation of research data. The importance of […]
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    Digitization 101

  • Article: Artist outraged at ‘plagiarism’ of his sculpture in China

    13 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Oh dear... Reports in China, including one from state-run media People’s Daily, say a ‘‘stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble’’ will be unveiled later this month in Karamay, a city in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang known for its rich oil fields. Work on the sculpture began in 2013, at the site of the city’s first oil well.Cloud Gate by Anish KapoorIf you follow the link above, you will see that this looks remarkably like "Cloud Gate" which is a sculpture in Chicago create by Anish Kapoor (right). Copying copyrighted works has been something that…
  • The death of high fidelity?

    13 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    I remember years ago when Sprint advertised its clarity for phone calls being so incredibly clear that you could hear a pin drop over the phone line (and that was a land line).  The idea was that high fidelity was important and we all wanted phone calls where we could hear everything.  This was also in an era, where people - who could afford to do so - invested in expensive stereo systems for their fidelity. Again, we wanted to hear everything.The advent of the cell phone led us into an era of lower fidelity, where what we hear is governed by the quality of our phone (and the other…
  • It - Whatever It Is - Must Speak for Itself

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    San Francisco City HallI was speaking to a colleague last week about construction and maintenance that is occurring at Syracuse University. He noted that many people visit the campus when no one is around, and so the campus itself - the buildings and grounds - must be able to "speak" and tell a story. The more I've thought about that conversation, the more I realize that this is true for our digitization programs, our web sites, our brochures...in fact, everything.Between 1998-2000, I worked on a small demonstration project, where we digitized material related to a group of suffragists in the…
  • Respecting trademarks

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Trademark: Do not erase In the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office publication Basic Facts About Trademarks, defines a trademark or service mark as:A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. Throughout this booklet, the terms “trademark” and “mark” refer to both trademarks and service marks.Trademarks and service marks…
  • Learning through failure

    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I like noticing people's language and the words that they use, and I especially like to notice if those words are positive or negative. We tend to say "don't" rather than "do", and warn people away from possible failures. However, every successful inventor, project manager, entrepreneur, executive and business owner has failed at least once (if not multiple times). We remember people for their successes and forgot about all the failures which occurred first. We learn much more through our failures than through our success.In his daily Intensely Positive email, Kelvin Ringold said: Children…
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    Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog

  • Wants to Create a Book Using Onstage Banter

    The Dear Rich Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: We are working on a book that provides a compilation of stage banter quotes from rock concerts -- onstage quotes of famous singers and songwriters. We do not make commentary about the quotes, but some will certainly come across as flattering while others will likely come across as not-so-flattering. There are approximately 180 quotes at this point. Big note here: some quotes are culled from the Internet, most are transcribed by us (both from YouTube videos and the like and also from CD and DVD live recordings). Regarding the quotes -- are we protected under "fair use" to use these…
  • Wants to Copy Website's Terms of Service

    The Dear Rich Staff
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I run a a health and fitness blog. It has come to my attention that a medical disclaimer should be included on my website. These disclaimer appear lengthy and go into a great degree of legal jargon. I would not like to craft my own. Anyhow, if I use the medical disclaimer of another health and fitness blog, verbatim, would this be infringement? In other words, does plagiarizing a medical disclaimer (or any privacy policy, FTC disclaimer, website TOS etc.) constitute infringement? Yes, copying terms of service (TOS) without permission is infringement. However, you don't hear of…
  • What is the Time Limit for Filing Sampling Infringement Lawsuit?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I manage a band that made several songs, one in particular that has been sampled 153 times by various artists from 1988 to 2013. Except for half a dozen artists who made deals and paid (and this was negotiated and hidden from the rest of the band by one member who has since been thrown out) they have not been compensated. One of the richest men in hip hop used the song three times and never paid a dime. Of course they did not know the law and by the time they discovered it most had been sampled years earlier. Now several lawyers tell us there is a 2-3 year statute of limitation! Is…
  • Wants to Oppose Mark for Genericness

    The Dear Rich Staff
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Lockheed-Martin Paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb Dear Rich: I have a question about opposing a trademark registration. The trademark was recently published for opposition at the USPTO and I have a few reasons to oppose the registration. One of them is genericness. What does it take to oppose a registration? In order to succeed with a genericness opposition, you'll need to show that the public associates the term with an entire genus of goods or service. For example Outdoor Products could not serve as a trademark for backpacks. The Trademark Trial and Appeal…
  • What's the Down Side To Using a Stage Name for Business?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    6 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I am in the process of making marketing videos on youtube, webinars, public speaking seminars and authoring informational books. For privacy reasons and because of my unusual and hard to spell name, I would like to use a first and last name that is different than mine in these situations. I do not plan on changing my name legally, like on my drivers license, but to feature it in these works that I publish myself. Is there any issues from a legal standpoint, that is, not holding myself properly to my clients/ customers. The main jurisdiction that I plan on doing business is Canada…
 
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    PrivacyNet

  • 1 Billion Facebook Logins in a Day, But What Are We Giving Away?

    Gordon Platt
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    Facebook is getting used to billions. Whether pushing past that milestone in terms of users, as it did three years ago, or spending it on dollars on the likes of Instagram and Oculus VR, the nine zeros are not unusual territory for the world’s biggest social network. Until this week, however, Facebook had never had one billion users in one single day. On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that his platform served that number of people in one 24 hour period. It’s an astonishing achievement even by today’s excitable technology standards. View image | gettyimages.com While…
  • Ashley Madison: From the Internet’s “Last Private Space” to Public Property

    Gordon Platt
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    If you’re going to claim superiority in the online security space, you’d better be prepared to defend your claims. Despite not being the most objectionable aspect of its site, Ashley Madison found that out the hard way last week, when hackers made good on a threat to release data they had previously stolen from the adult “dating and more” site. That’s especially true when the company has boasted so publicly about the privacy of its network, as Ashley Madison did in an attempt to drum up publicity for the site in the wake of last year’s nude celebrity photo…
  • Owned by Alphabet, Google Still Doesn’t Understand Two Letters: IP

    Gordon Platt
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    IP: Intellectual Property. Even as it breaks off into a new corporate structure, overseen by newly created parent company Alphabet, Google seems unlikely to learn how to properly handle those particular two letters any time soon. View image | gettyimages.com   If you’re involved and interested in technology – and who among us isn’t nowadays – the reason for the restructure is an intriguing story in its own right. But in terms of creative rights and intellectual property, what will Google look like in this brave new world? Not a whole lot different than most of us…
  • Repulsive Content on YouTube? We Smell a RAT

    Gordon Platt
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    If you’ve ever placed a Post-It note over your laptop’s webcam “just in case,” this one’s for you: Digital Citizens Alliance has found hackers not just hijacking users’ computer cameras, but posting tutorials showing how anyone can accomplish this unnerving feat. What makes this even more galling is that the videos aren’t appearing on some deep, dark corner of the web, where online bad guys have to dig to find them. No, instead you – and everyone else – can find such hacking videos on YouTube, the world’s biggest video sharing…
  • Facebook Fights EU Again Over Its ‘Real Names’ Requirement

    Gordon Platt
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    European lawmakers and American technology companies rarely make good bedfellows, particularly when it comes to matters of privacy. That tension has been tested time and again in courts around the EU, with Germany proving particularly critical of U.S. companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook. The latest challenge centers on the latter, as a prosecutor in Hamburg takes issue with Facebook’s haphazard ban on pseudonyms. View image | gettyimages.com   German privacy laws are closely tied to European Union law and regulators have a strong desire to standardize requirements across…
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