Archives for: ‘John Swinson’

Obama, Osama, Cinderella?

Make a list of all the action films you’ve seen.  Now, delete any films that include members of the Special Forces, or the intelligence services.  You are left with a couple of Eddie Murphy movies and the Star Wars trilogy (original blend only, thanks). 

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With “friends” like these

The story begins at the AusCERT Conference (described by AusCERT as “…the premier IT security event for IT security professionals and anyone with an interest in IT security”).

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“Hi, my name is…Slim Shady” and your ringtone is a licence

Should the downloading of an album be treated the same as if you walk into a music store and purchase the same album on CD?  The answer is important if you are a record company who has backed the best kind of horse – an as yet unknown artist who is going to sell a lot of records – because you want to cast your net as broadly as possible.  

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Google makes the news by infringing the copyright in news articles…

The Belgian Court of Appeal has recently upheld a 2007 decision that internet giant Google has infringed the copyright in news article snippets published on its Google News website.
 

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It’s the Big Apple for Penguin v Buddha

The borderless nature of the internet was instructive in a recent copyright case in the US.

The New York State Court of Appeals was asked to decide the appropriate jurisdiction for a copyright case, involving the uploading of full copies of a number of books published by Penguin.  The court was not considering the substance of the claim, only the appropriateness of the jurisdiction.  

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Friday: the day after Thursday leads to copyright controversy

Rebecca Black is a 13 year old music prodigy from Orange County, California.  Actually, that’s not entirely true.  Rebecca Black is a young girl whose song titled “Friday” is testament to the power of social media and autotune.  With over 100 million hits at the time of writing, the song describes the trials and tribulations faced by a typical 13 year old girl.  She’s “gotta go downstairs, gotta have some cereal”, and decide whether kickin’ in the front seat or sittin’ in the back seat is a better way to get to school.  When the song culminates by propheticall

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Google and the EPO tie up patent deal

Google has agreed to use its technology to translate patents in Europe into 29 languages.  It is hoped that this deal with the European Patent Office (EPO) will also assist in establishing a common European patent. 

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Google unveils new copyright plan

At the beginning of this month Google unveiled its new plan to address online copyright infringement. 

Google’s general counsel Kent Walker, announced 4 changes that Google will be implementing over the next months to address copyright infringement.  He stated that:

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Facebook updates Promotion Guidelines

Facebook has recently updated its Promotion Guidelines to remove significant impediments to running promotions via Facebook.  To read more about these changes please click here.

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