Blog #2 for Patexia: tackling patent trolls, plus getting in a jab at “the unrepentant and cancerous disdain for ideas that lurks at the heart of the business mind”. I feel I should qualify this by saying that there are plenty of non-business people who are just as bad, or worse — and there are [...]
August 24, 2011 2:09 PM EDT | by James Lee Phillips
A Dutch court has ruled to ban the import and sale of certain Samsung devices on the grounds that they infringe upon Apple’s intellectual property.
A judge of the court in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled on Wednesday that Samsung’s “tablet PCs with its Galaxy [...]
By James Lee Phillips | August 8, 2011 8:43 AM EDT
A United States Federal judge has given a seal of approval to the summary seizure of foreign websites.
Rojadirecta may or may not have been a pirate website; that was not the issue that was decided upon on Thursday. The issue before the court [...]
O Happy Day — one of my articles was mentioned on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I know of no single organization that so combines a passion for freedom and justice with a deep understanding of the ways in which technology increasingly affects us all.
By James Lee Phillips | August 11, 2011 2:25 PM EDT
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed a ban on social media use by those suspected of plotting some sort of “violence, disorder, and criminality.”
The Prime Minister is the latest to add his voice to the growing sentiment that digital communications caused the [...]
July 28, 2011 10:09 AM EDT | by James Lee Phillips
BT has been forced to block a filesharing site in a judgement hailed by Hollywood copyright investors and lobbyists.
Justice Arnold of the Chancery Division of the High Court ruled that BT (British Telecommunications) must block Newzbin2, a filesharing portal, because an estimated 70% [...]
July 2, 2011 12:20 PM EDT | by James Lee Phillips
Google’s Street View lawsuits will proceed, according to a federal judge on Wednesday. The company’s request for dismissal was denied without prejudice, so Google may resubmit the request should it compose a stronger argument.
Judge James Ware, chief judge of the U.S. District Court [...]
July 2, 2011 12:02 PM EDT | by James Lee Phillips
An economic coalition of major world powers has agreed to place considerable Internet governance in the hands of private industry and Internet service providers.
After the “High Level Meeting on The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth” during June 28 – 29th in [...]
July 2, 2011 11:19 AM EDT | by James Lee Phillips
So far this year, Facebook has spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars on lobbying.
In the first quarter of the fiscal year, Facebook increased by nearly 60% its funding of lobbying, from $130k in the fourth quarter of last year to $230k [...]
By James Lee Phillips | June 28, 2011 2:56 PM EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has delivered its ruling on the appeal of BROWN, GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL. v. ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ET AL., or in other words, the ‘violent video games ban’. The verdict: the California law is in violation [...]