"The historical and international evidence suggests that while weak patent systems may mildly increase innovation with limited side effects, strong patent systems retard innovation with many negative side effects." "innovations leading to the creation of a new industry .. is seldom, if ever, born out of patent protection and is instead the fruit of a competitive environment."
— Boldrin and Levine. The Case Against Patents.
J. Economic Perspectives. (huffpo
posted by jeffburdges
on Feb 6, 2013 -
is a design and manufacturing website for inventors
. In 2010, one of their users, Bill Ward, came up with an idea for a dustpan called the Broom Groomer
with a comb-like edge for cleaning off all the dustbunnies and stuff that builds up on your broom. Turns out, gadget company OXO came out with a very similar design in 2012 called the Upright Sweep Set
. Last week, the folks at Quirky staged a protest
and paid for a billboard that accused OXO of ripping off their design.
OXO responds on their blog
with a mini-lesson on patents and international intellectual property rights.
posted by 23skidoo
on Jan 27, 2013 -
Kirby Ferguson's fourth and final installment of Everything is a Remix
: System Failure
has been released. (Also on YouTube.)
It covers intellectual property rights, the derivative nature of creativity, patents and copyright. Transcript
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 17, 2012 -
The Urban Homestead®:
Where sustainable urban living and intellectual property collide. Previously on mefi
we learned about some urban homesteaders in Pasadena, CA calling themselves the Dervaes Institute. According to the OC Weekly Blog Stick a Fork in It
: "In October of last year, the Dervaeses successfully registered the terms "Urban Homestead" and "Urban Homesteading" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. But only in the past couple of weeks have they been sending cease-and-desist letters to organizations and blogs using the terms without their permission, successfully asking Facebook to shut down groups using those terms as their name." [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered
on Feb 16, 2011 -
It's the commons, our right of birth
posted by finite
on Oct 3, 2008 -
And to you who would own everything all around the Earth
Our future is your downfall, when we cut this ball and chain
You who'd sacrifice the public good for your private gain
"was created by police officers to provide the best possible asset tracking and property recovery services in the world. JustStolen.net is an innovative tool designed to easily register assets in order to facilitate their recovery if they are lost or stolen. JustStolen.net joins forces with online auctions
to help identify stolen property."
posted by tristeza
on Dec 6, 2007 -
by Four Seasons is your own private apartment aboard a giant cruise ship (one of 112 similar apartments aboardship). For those afflicted with both wanderlust and an unimaginable amount of money, the online brochure
makes a somewhat compelling case for having no fixed abode.
posted by jonson
on Aug 27, 2007 -
Commercial exploitationTube? Creative Commies-Tube? Plagiarism® ?
"…you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube's (and its successor's) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels…"
Now where's my aeroflot and reversed copyright Tee-Shirt! and Negativland, Tape-beatles, EEC
I'm ready for a copyfight
posted by Unregistered User
on Jul 21, 2006 -
After winning a landmark eminent domain ruling from the Supreme Court, the New London Development Corporation now wants to pay residents based on value they held in 2000, rather then 2005, which would leave them unable to buy equivalent new home in today's real estate bubble.
Then also want to charge back rent. In some cases up to $300 thousand. Susette Kelo herself now owes $56k.
posted by delmoi
on Aug 19, 2005 -
Chinese Communism comes to a (seemingly) screeching halt.
Lost in the brouha over Spain was the report that the Chinese National People's Congress voted yesterday to protect private property rights. Some regard this as more symbolic than actually guaranteeing any concrete rights while others believe it is indicative of the growing importance of private business currently fueling the Chinese economy. The words 'Human Rights'
were also put into the constitution for the first time.
posted by PenDevil
on Mar 15, 2004 -
Ever wonder if your great grandmother kept her pin money in an account no one knew about? Your state treasurer has those unclaimed funds
just waiting for you to find them. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy
on Nov 4, 2002 -
Whose Domain is it?
(via Fark) Good question. When does the Government cross the line in practicing Imminent Domain? How can we, the people prevent this? Is it time for a new Amendment to the constitution?
posted by da5id
on Aug 1, 2001 -
Folks, this one's not a joke.
The major software publishers are trying to make an end-run around the copyright laws. If this passes anywhere
we're all potentially going to be bound by it. All they have to do is stick a clause in the license that says "This shall be governed by the laws of the state of Virginia."
They're also trying to make an end-run around the First Amendment. If this passes it will be illegal for you to write a review about any software package, or to reveal any information about bugs you find.
Finally, they're trying to make an end-run around property law. If it passes, you won't own
the software you purchase, you'll be leasing
it, and you won't be protected by state laws on commercial purchase.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Mar 5, 2000 -