Archive for July, 2010

Apple loses big in DRM ruling: jailbreaks are “fair use”. This time, the Library went (comparatively) nuts, allowing widespread bypassing of the CSS encryption on DVDs, declaring iPhone jailbreaking to be “fair use,” and letting consumers crack their legally purchased e-books in order to have them read aloud by computers. But the exemptions that did […]


Did you hear the joke about the comedian and copyright law?. Ponder the difference between the comedian and the musician. Both create and perform works to entertain audiences, but they go about protecting that work in different ways. The notoriously litigious music industry often resorts to the legal system to protect itself from pirates and […]


Octopus in for privacy grilling after data furor Octopus Cards, which earlier admitted sharing customers’ data with two merchants, said it is discussing ways to terminate the contracts signed with them. Thomas Yau Monday, July 26, 2010 Octopus Cards, which earlier admitted sharing customers’ data with two merchants, said it is discussing ways to terminate […]


Both benefits and drawbacks in the filing of patents But are patents always good? Can patenting always act as the silver bullet in effectively protecting novel and useful inventions against imitation and infringement across different industries and intellectual property regimes? Extensive research studies – including those I have published with Professor Fiona Murray at the […]