• Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of copyright

    by  • July 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson still under a legal cloak (or cape, if you will) of copyright law?  The Supreme Court may have to solve that mystery, to decide a new legal plea filed Tuesday by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Scottish creator of that fictional detective and his far less...

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    Google+ changes its name policy

    by  • July 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can...

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    Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books

    by  • July 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. The library is not a Netflix for books. While there are plenty of reasons a company would want to step in and...

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    Suing File-Sharers Doesn’t Work, Lawyers Warn

    by  • July 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    For more than a decade copyright holders and the U.S. Government have been trying to find the silver bullet to beat piracy. This week the American Bar Association joined the discussion with a 113-page white paper. With their “call for action” the lawyers encourage Congress to draft new anti-piracy legislation and promote voluntary agreements...

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