Category : Copyright

Although not limited to software, open source is dominated by this particular technology and by the open source software community. Open source software does not just mean access to the source code. The distribution terms of open-source software must comply with the following criteria: There must be free redistribution. The program must include source code, and must allow distribution of the source code along with the compiled form. The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original software. The license may restrict source-code from being distributed in modified

Author: 3 months ago

A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others, and by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. The scope of trade secrets is virtually unlimited. A trade secret is therefore defined as any information that is: Not generally known to the relevant business circles or to the public. The information should also not be readily accessible. Confers some sort of economic benefit on its owner. This benefit must derive specifically from the fact that it is not generally known,

Author: 1 year ago

E-commerce is the buying and selling of products and services, or the transmitting of funds or associated data, over the Internet. These business transactions occur either business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business. It is estimated that there are about 20 million e-commerce stores selling products on the internet around the world today, and generating more than one trillion US dollars in revenue. The world's largest markets for e-commerce are the United States of America, China, and the United Kingdom with electronics, fashion, services, books, and tickets being the top categories for e-commerce. The details, however, do vary greatly by country and my

Author: 1 year ago

On Tuesday March 24, the Lisbon Council  launched a new Study,  “2015 Intellectual Property and Economic Growth Index: Measuring the Impact of Exceptions and Limitations in Copyright on Growth, Jobs and Prosperity” by Benjamin Gibert. The Index - the result of a of a year-long research project – examines the relationship between economic growth and intellectual property regimes in some of the world’s most innovative economies. The report builds a system for measuring the impact of exceptions to copyright on economic growth and finds that countries that employ a broadly “flexible” regime of exceptions in copyright also saw higher rates of growth

Author: 1 year ago

Computer software (or just software) is a general term primarily used for digitally stored data such as computer programs and other kinds of information read and written by computers. Today, this includes data that has not traditionally been associated with computers, such as film, tapes and records. Software is a lot more than just the Microsoft applications which run on a desktop PC or the enterprise applications which run on servers. Software includes such diverse things as video games, web sites, flash applications, mobile phone ring-tones & screen savers, smart phone applications, Google Earth, Wikipedia, and Wii games. Some tend to segment

Author: 2 years ago

For quite a long time publishers, notably in the UK, have found a smart way of making big money out of lawyers and IP professional's vanity. Legal 500, Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Partners, to name a few among the many, are rating and ranking lawyers and their firms. It's not enough to be a good lawyer you need to be a "top" lawyer. Not only the legal profession has been affected by this. In the culinary world you are only be taken serious in many publications, TV series and the like, if (s)he is a

Author: 3 years ago

While travelling in Indonesia, as my morning drill, I read my newspaper, Volkskrant (from Netherlands) online. In this morning's version, Volkskrant opens with the news that Lionel Messi broke a record of "Der Bomber", when he made his goals against FC Betis Sevilla. The heading is "Messi Breaks Special Record Der Bomber". So I click on the newsitem, showing a YouTube video, so I expect to see now the record breaking Messi goal, as I get this:                         so clicking on the PLAY button to get the YouTube video, rather than the record breaking goal I get this:                       YouTube says on its help

Author: 4 years ago

At a secondhand bookstore in Palo Alto, California (the location is relevant, as shall be seen below), I once paid US$5 for the first volume of Jean-Yves Tadié’s biography of Marcel Proust from the Éditions Gallimard “Collection Folio,” a book printed in France. Liking volume 1 so much, I feel an urge to buy volume 2 also. However, if I want to buy secondhand from an American bookseller, as I so often do, I need to hurry up, because the Supreme Court of the United States may ban all secondhand sales of foreign-made books in the United States. Bans on gray

Have copyright holders become their own worst enemies? Poorly drafted bills in the U.S. Senate and Congress designed to curb music and other Internet piracy, in some cases by holding information aggregators who enable it responsible, is fueling a new wave of anger towards lawmakers and copyright holders. SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, The Protect IP Act, will need to be heavily reworked if they are to pass and be accepted. Part of the problem is that for the past 20 years or so the music industry failed to successfully enforce its copyrights on the Internet and curb piracy

Author: 5 years ago

What if a government created obstacles for the entrepreneurs innovating in low cost railways and trains, simply to protect the stakeholders of water channels, steam-engine technology and barges? What if libraries were prohibited in order to protect stakeholders of book printing and book shops? And what if a government ‘criminalized’ the users of these services? As the railways and libraries have transformed our economies and societies, and as they are complements and not substitutes to our system of innovation, production and employment, this would seem like daft policies. Similarly, new digital technology has the power to revitalize the cultural industries and

Author: 6 years ago