Getting Our Genes Back

The argument that we often hear from companies regarding the “benefits” of intellectual property regimes is that they help provide incentives for innovation by providing temporary monopoly to reap the benefits of the innovation. This was what Myriad Genetics, a company based in Salt Lake City, UTAH, argues about the patents it owns for BRCA1 …

Globalizing Permission Culture

Since last week, the leaked provisions of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement reveal that the agreement is more about creating a global Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA, USA). Under the agreement, if moves on as leaked, Internet Service Providers, will be required “to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers” or face liability themselves. …

Freedom to Ring

Previously I had mentioned an "interesting" case about American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers asserting that when somebody's cell phone's musical ringtone sounds in a public place, they are infringing copyrights.  Here is the update about the case from EFF: A federal court yesterday firmly rejected that argument, ruling that "when a ringtone plays …

Ethics? Anyone?

When it comes to the issue of online file sharing the representatives of the copyright  industry (RIAA, MPAA etc.) often play the "moral" card (e.g. you would not steal a bread would you?, pirated DVD's help terrorists etc).  A relatively recent book by Tarleton Gillespie (Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture) provides …