Category Archives: Intellectual Property

NPR Discusses Inheriting Digital Assets

I’ve been talking about the importance of figuring out the heritability of digital assets for some time now. A recent sign that the issue is starting to hit the mainstream emerged yesterday on All Things Considered as Robert Siegel talked with Jonathan Zittrain, … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Virtual Horse Case, Amaretto Ranch v. Ozimals

When Judge Frank Easterbrook disparaged the emerging field of cyberspace law in 1996 by comparing it to the “law of the horse,” i.e. that there was no such thing, it’s unlikely that he ever imagined that there would one day … Continue reading

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SOPA Update 5: The Aftermath

What a week it has been for that little anti-piracy bill known as SOPA.  Together with her sister bill in the Senate, PIPA, these two bills took a considerable drubbing.  They appear, for all intents and purposes, to be completely … Continue reading

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SOPA UPDATE 4: Wikipedia to Go Offline for 24 Hours in Protest of SOPA

The Wikipedia community announced late yesterday that it would initiate a site-wide blackout of its English language encyclopedia beginning at 5:00 UTC (whatever that is) on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  The announcement was made in banner ads across the site … Continue reading

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UPDATE 3: SOPA Likely Dead on Arrival, Due to President’s Opposition

Yesterday, President Obama dealt yet another blow to the faltering, studio-backed anti-piracy bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and Protect IP Act in the Senate.  Already on the ropes after legislators moved to strike … Continue reading

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SOPA Update 2: Vote Delayed Until After New Year

Engadget is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives committee charged with evaluating the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and revising it, if necessary, has put the hearings that were scheduled to resume today on hold until after the Holidays. … Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Congressional SOPA Hearings Available for Live Streaming

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is the controversial bill that would make it illegal to show search results to or serve ads on websites suspected of being homes to pirated content.  The protests have come in hard and strong from … Continue reading

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