Tuesday, May 21, 2002

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Bitchslapping the Recording Industry

Sanity, 1; CARP, 0 Stole the headline from Doc Searls. The Librarian of Congress has issued an order rejecting the CARP panel's recommendations.

In the Matter of Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings and Ephemeral Recordings
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Source: US Copyright Office

Now if we can overturn the CETA, DCMA, and the The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Act we will be able to get on with the business of making the internet and the offline world a better place to live through the exchange of ideas, arts, sciences and commentary made possible by this medium.

What can you do with a copyright?

According to a Wired Story you may be able to turn DNA Sequencing information into an MP3 and copyright it.

A Good Sequence, Easy to Dance To
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If such a plan is to be allowed to go forward, medical research comes to a screeching halt. Or get's real expensive as your doctor will have to pay royalties to have the lab perform any sort of testing involving your DNA that might possibly infringe on copywritten DNA. No amniocentesis, No cancer research, No University research, the entire field of genetic research will be closed.

You can thank Maxygen and their attorneys for this novel approach to taxing your health care in the name of the bottom line.

From the Maxygen Strategic Alliances page comes this jewel:

In our strategic collaborations, we typically seek up-front license fees, collaborative research funding, technology advancement funding, milestone payments for significant developments and royalties on product sales, in exchange for commercial licenses for specific fields to the products developed in the collaboration.

I have seen this type of collaboration agreement before. A lot of these companies are listed at

Other Copyright News

The Eldred vs Ashcroft case is moving forward. The legal team has posted the brief that they will be presenting when this case is heard. You can read it here.

Eldred v. Ashcroft The Brief PDF
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Hattip: Cory Doctrow

Eldred v. Ashcroft - Eldred Legal Defense Fund

Here is where to send money.

"Eldred Legal Defense Fund"
Lawrence Lessig
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

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