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Monday, 10 October 2005

SUNRISES AND OPENING DOORS


*** Silicon.com reports that the .eu “sunrise period” will begin on 7 December. For the following two months, public bodies and trade mark owners will be able to register their names as .eu domain names. During the two months after that, people with no formal trade marks, but with recognisable business/artistic identifiers will be able to apply. Then, from April 2006, the general public will be able to apply for .eu domain names. The IPKat says it’s about time…


*** Afterdawn reports that the USPTO is holding is three-yearly review of whether there is a need to introduce more exceptions to the law against decrypting copy protection under the DMCA from 1 December. Last time a review was held, it was decided to permit the bypassing of copy protection on computer games available only in obsolete formats, the decryption of copy protection on e-books copy protection so that blind people can use software to read them, of web filtering software to view lists of blocked sites and of computer programs protected by a "dongle" that is not working correctly. The IPKat welcomes this review and the positive effects that it can have for users, though he wishes that the legislators had made more effort to predict what exceptions to copy protection would be needed, rather than learning by trial and error.

1 comment:

Joe Gratz said...

A nit:

It is not the USPTO but rather the United States Copyright Office that administers the DMCA exemption proceedings. In a quirk of US IP regulation, the Copyright Office is part of the Library of Congress, an arm of the legislature, while trademarks and patents are administered by the PTO, an arm of the executive.

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