1 Computer Law & Security Report
Yesterday the IPKat reviewed C&L, the journal of the Society of Computers and Law. Today he quite coincidentally received a specimen issue of another computers-and-law publication, Elsevier's bimonthly Computer Law & Security Report, which is currently having a marketing offensive.
Edited by Stephen Saxby (left), Reader in IT Law at the University of Southampton, who founded CL&SR back in 1985, this journal is (as its name suggests) highly focused on security issues: these include data protection, IT procurement contract terms and both software and hardware solutions to third party intrusion.
CL&SR has a companion website, www.compseconline.com, which gives details of subscriptions, pay-per-view and free content. It also carries links to sister publications in the fields of computer security and computer fraud and an entrance to the Subscriber Zone, an elite piece of cyber-estate on which computer security legal geeks may safely roam. All in all, it looks a pretty good package for anyone who has a serious interest in law and security issues.
2 Danish copyright enthusiasts
Also yesterday the IPKat called for volunteers among Danish copyright experts to act as Danish correspondent for the European Copyright and Design Reports, which co-blogmeister Jeremy edits. He has been truly overwhelmed by the response: it seems that Denmark is a real hotbed of copyright and design activity.
A new correspondent has now been appointed and Jeremy will be writing personally to all those who so kindly contacted him, whether they were successful or not, thanking them for having taken the trouble to volunteer.
Left: Illustration of a great Danish tale, 'The Princess and the Pea'
Notable Danish creators of copyright here, here and here.
Copyright notice of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 organisation here (Hans Christian Andersen was born 200 year ago, in 1805).
3 Fake watch watch
While he paws away at his catputer, furiously tweaking his mouse, the IPKat is increasingly being bombarded with advertisement for non-genuine ROLEX and other prestige brand watches. In the past ten minutes alone he has received invitations to visit http://013.enews6todaylivemail.com ("We sell the highest quality Rolex repli.ca watches at the best prices"), http://uk.geocities.com/darlyn_maurer/?my=ft ("Everybody will understand you've "Arrived" when show up wearing these dazzling wristwatches"), in addition to the regular invitations to lose weight, enhance his physique, take a cheap home loan and please the ladies.
It really is time that the IP community did something to these people. The IPKat has long believed that legal sanctions are generally ineffective and sending in the heavies is generally illegal. That leaves nothing for it but to compete against them in terms of price and quality, by making better quality and cheaper fakes against which these cheats can't compete. Merpel moans, it's not fair - why can't I have one of those nice watches ...?