Category Archives: Copyright Law

EPO revokes CRISPR patent – a clear cut case of invalid priority?

On 17 January 2018, The EPO revoked one of the Broad Institute’s patents relating to a fundamental aspect of CRISPR technology. The opposition board upheld the EPO's preliminary opinion that the claims were invalid in view of an invalid priority claim. The EPO’s decision is not surprising, given the long-standing approach of the EPO to the primary issue in question, namely that the right to claim priority from an earlier application is afforded to the applicant of the earlier application, or his successor in title, and to no other party.A decision to uphold the patent would have represented a fundamental change in how the EPO understands priority rights, and it is a sign of the importance of this technology that The Broad considers this a battle worth fighting. Background CRISPR-cas9 gene editing technology (CRISPR) provides a cheap, efficient and easy way to precisely modify genetic information. CRISPR has long been the subject of highly contentious patent….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

Posted in Copyright Law | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Count: Spanx for Nothing

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Music Labels Sue Fit Radio for “Massive Scale” Copyright Infringement First off today, Ashley Cullins at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the major record labels have banded together to file a lawsuit against Fit Radio, the makers of an app by the same name. According to the lawsuit, Fit Radio boasts that it is the #1 workout music app but does so without proper licenses. The record labels state that, even though the app claims to be a curated music app, one that has DJs upload playlists to the service, the app is actually an on-demand service. They lawsuit alleges the app allows unlimited skips and even selecting specific songs. To make matters worse, the lawsuit alleges that the app encourages DJs to upload popular tracks, which are then distributed to the public for a monthly or yearly fee. According to the lawsuit, since Fit Radio is an on demand service, it….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

Posted in Copyright Law | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Confessions of a Bitcoin sceptic

I could be fabulously wealthy right now. When I first wrote about Bitcoin, the price was $14.65 USD, and as of writing, the price is hovering just above $12,500 after undergoing a few ups and downs since December. If I had bought 10 BTC that day for a $146.50 USD investment, those 10 Bitcoins would be worth over $125,000. That’s quite a large “what if”. I am what is known by Bitcoin proponents as a “nocoiner”, a person who knew about BTC early on, but did not invest. However, I sleep quite well at night as I am certain that even if I had invested then, I would have sold coins in many of the various stages in which the price has been going up. But most importantly, many of the doubts that I had back then still remain, with various new problems arising. So what are the issues? (for an earlier look at some regulatory problems, see this article). Failure as a method of payment One of the earliest promises of Bitcoin was that it would be an unparalleled….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

Posted in Copyright Law | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2018-01-20

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2018-01-13 https://t.co/uflBoFDiiX 2018-01-14 Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2018-01-13 https://t.co/hjRp1988kh 2018-01-14 Pirate Streaming on Facebook is a Seriously Risky Business https://t.co/RLqwPDUfod 2018-01-14 Netflix, Amazon, and major studios sue maker of “free TV” box https://t.co/iYays0s1ey 2018-01-14 Why NZ intervened in the US vs Microsoft data access case https://t.co/PKElXp90kX 2018-01-14 Copyhype Friday’s Endnotes – 01/12/18 https://t.co/DStvtDdKw1 2018-01-14 BBC Points to Geoblocking in Bid to Defeat Lawsuit Over Use of 'Cosby Show' Clips https://t.co/8ZNzcmT4Gd 2018-01-14 Online Marketplace Not Enjoined Over Gray Market Goods Sales–Dentsply v. Net32 https://t.co/c0fL7bWaLl 2018-01-14 Computer and Internet Updates for 2018-01-14 https://t.co/HgblTMtmim 2018-01-15 Computer and Internet Updates for 2018-01-14 https://t.co/xqSALB5FzZ 2018-01-15 Microsoft extends patent….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

Posted in Copyright Law | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Show # 262 — Prof. Al Roberts, author of Four Crises of American Democracy — posted

As I catch-up on posting shows that should have been posted several months ago, but are (perhaps sadly) still quite timely, I’m pleased to post Show # 262, May 31, 2017, my interview with Prof. Al Roberts, Director of the School of Public Policy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of Four Crises of American Democracy: Representation, Mastery, Discipline, Anticipation. Al is one of the nation’s leading scholars on government secrecy, and his recent work has focused on the broad functional challenges faced by governmental institutions today. In our wide ranging discussion, we examined the state of government today, its capacity to withstand the pressures exerted on it by outside forces, and what we can reasonably expect government to do and not do in response. Obviously pressing and critical issues, I always enjoy my discussions with Al, and hope that you do as well!.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

Posted in Copyright Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment