Intellectual Property

Open letter to Cory Doctorow

A letter to Cory Doctorow asking him to allow purchasers of his ebooks to OWN them.


Interesting story (well I thought so anyway) about bloggers whose images have been taken off their sites and reused in a fashion line without their knowledge.
Ignorance or Arrogance?


Read about the Konomark here.

Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy

Intellectual property law has long been justified on the belief that external incentives are necessary to get people to produce artistic works and technological innovations that are easily copied. This Essay argues that this foundational premise of the economic theory of intellectual property is wrong. Using recent advances in behavioral economics, psychology, and business-management studies, it is now possible to show that there are natural and intrinsic motivations that will cause technology and the arts to flourish even in the absence of externally supplied rewards, such as copyrights and patents.

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Disney's New Ad Campaign was Ripped Off From Another Company


The legendary tale of “David vs. Goliath” has inspired countless “little guys” to take on the world “giants.” Today many small businesses must contend with the business “Goliaths” who have more money, more influence and more lawyers. These business “Davids” must stand firm, and hold their ground, or risk extinction. In this updated version of that classic battle, “David” is a little-known California company called “Let the Memories Begin photo booths” versus a well-know “Goliath”, “Disney.”
By now, anyone with a television or computer has either seen or heard Disney’s new park promotion to help celebrate Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary in 2011. It’s called, ‘Let the Memories Begin’ and designed to put park guests in the spotlight; and hopefully bring more of them into the parks. The promotion features snapshots and home videos of real guests during their stays at a Disney park. “A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We’ll spotlight those ‘only-at-Disney’ moments with family and friends during our ‘Let the Memories Begin’ campaign.” -- Read More

Costco, Omega and Libraries

The Library Copyright Alliance today released “The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Costco v. Omega on Libraries.” Prepared by Jonathan Band, the concise, informative paper examines the much-discussed Costco v. Omega non-decision, which left in place a controversial 9th Circuit ruling that could have significant consequences for library lending practices.

Read the Press Release here. Includes a link to the paper.

Pirate Central

Publishers, Libraries & Booksellers Await Supreme Court Decision in Key Copyright Case

The Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in a copyright case that publishers say holds major implications for their businesses—even though the case doesn’t involve books. In Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Omega, S.A, the court will decide whether retail giant Costco can re-sell copyright-protected, foreign-made Omega wristwatches exclusively licensed for sale abroad in the U.S. market. But wristwatches aside, the copyright case holds larger implications for the publishing industry, as well as for libraries and booksellers, as it could also apply to the sale and importation of foreign-made editions.

The conflict began after Costco purchased Omega watches from third parties overseas which had legally acquired the watches from licensed Omega dealers. Costco then imported and sold the foreign-made watches in the U.S. at a steep discount, exploiting the foreign price differential. Omega watches, however, are subject to copyright, and after authorized Omega dealers in the U.S. complained about Costco’s price-cutting tactics, Omega sued to enjoin Costco from selling the foreign watches.

Full article at Publisher's Weekly

Why offshore ebook customers are so often frustrated

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin

In the past several months, readers of this blog from around the world have commented on the unavailability of ebook titles in their territories even though publishers would have the right to sell them. As near as we can tell, this problem often tracks back to big publishers that have gone to agency pricing. (That’s where the publisher sets the price to the end consumer and becomes the seller-of-record rather than the retailer intermediary being the seller.) It would appear that many (if not all) agency publishers have withheld their titles in territories outside the United States, even if they would have the rights to sell in those territories.

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