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U.S. Extends Lead in International Patent and Trademark Filings

Via WIPO – The United States of America (U.S.) extended its long-standing position as the top source of international patent applications via WIPO amid another strong year of worldwide intellectual property (IP) filing growth, as an electronics manufacturer displaced a watch maker as the leading depositor of international industrial design applications. Videos: Highlights Video/YouTube |Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The Mediachain Project: Developing a Global Creative Rights Database Using Blockchain Technology

Via LLRX.com – The Mediachain Project: Developing a Global Creative Rights Database Using Blockchain Technology – Alan Rothman’s article focuses on a creative, innovative effort to deploy the blockchain as a form of global registry of creative works ownership – specifically a global rights database for images. The co-founders of a new metadata protocol theyContinue Reading

The Bob Dylan Archive – 60 years of creative work

“The Bob Dylan Archive highlights the unique artistry and worldwide cultural significance of Bob Dylan. Housed at The University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research, the archive includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia; personal documents; unrecorded song lyrics and chords….The Bob Dylan Archive, comprised ofContinue Reading

CRS Report – Music Licensing in the 21st Century

Via FAS – Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century, Dana A. Scherer, Analyst in Telecommunications. January 19, 2016. “The laws that determine who pays whom in the digital world were written, by and large, at a time when music was primarily performed via radio broadcasts or distributed through physical media (such asContinue Reading

The Demographics of Innovation in the United States

Information Technology and Innovation Institute -“This study provides a detailed portrait of individuals who are driving technological innovation in the United States—including their gender, ethnicity, countries of origin, education, and age—as well as the settings and circumstances in which they are creating their innovations, such as the institution (or institutions) behind the advances, the commercialContinue Reading

FCC Proposes to “Unlock the Box”

“The Federal Communications Commission [February 18, 2016] approved a proposal that would tear down anti-competitive barriers and pave the way for software, devices , and other innovative solutions to compete with the set-top boxes that a majority of consumers lease from pay-TV providers today. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will create a framework forContinue Reading

The Public Domain Review

“Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.  In particular, as our name suggests, the focus is on works which have now fallen into the public domain, that vast commons of out-of-copyrightContinue Reading

Wikimedia Foundation removes Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

Wikimedia Blog – [February 10, 2016], “in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of a Young Girl—more commonly known in English as the Diary of Anne Frank—from Wikisource. We took this action to comply with the United States’Continue Reading

Database of 48 million pirated research papers is focus of litigious revolt against paywalls

Meet the Robin Hood of Science by Simon Oxenham – The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world. “On September 5th, 2011, Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access toContinue Reading

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen defy court order and move to Dark Web

Via Torrent Freak: “A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site’s operators are not planning to cease their activities and are continuing their operations through alternative domainsContinue Reading

Prominent Authors Join Amicus Brief in Google Book Scanning Case

Via FindLaw via WSJ Law Blog – “Several famous authors filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking it to hear a lawsuit over Google digital book library. Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Steven Sondheim and others lent their names to the brief, contending Google is guilty of “massive copyright infringement…One of the writers’Continue Reading

Harvard portal helps track and map use of personal data

“About theDataMap – theDataMap™ is an online portal for documenting flows of personal data. It tells you where your data goes. The goal is to produce a detailed description of personal data flows in the United States. The effort started with health data and is expanding to all other kinds of personal data. The motivationContinue Reading