|The Story of O, Patently so ...|
|To conform with local|
legislation, they had to
censor the "lympics" bit
|Le premier cercle|
"it would not be superfluous to try and bring together a handful of knowledgeable persons in anti-counterfeiting or anti-piracy. Heated debates and sterile oppositions on SOPA-PIPA-ACTA and other acronyms do not seem to be the way out of this issue and we would like to try, not to find a solution (that may be a little bit ambitious), but to have a dispassionate discussion with various stake holders, based on facts if possible".This is a very special event since it's (i) limited to just 50 persons -- by invitation only, (ii) free and (iii) taking place the lovely French Embassy on 9 May, 8.30 to 11.00 am (light breakfast served at 8.00 am). Miriam Sapiro, Deputy Unite States Trade Representative, is on the menu.
[to boost the SME economy, says the IPKat; to ensure that the balance of bargaining power remains with the government, says Merpel]. A Cabinet Office paper suggests that there should be a “levelling of the playing field” between open source software providers and the providers of proprietary solutions. In particular, patent owners should be prepared to license on a royalty free basis. This coming Wednesday, 25 April, there's in-depth seminar which seeks to examine the legal issues raised. Lead speaker is Susannah Sheppard, of the new boutique competition and EU regulatory law firm, Sheppard & Smith, and Professor Mark Schankerman (LSE) is in the chair [which is pretty much where one would expect to find a professor, mews Merpel]. Admission is free; you even get one hour's worth of CPD just for being there. To register, just email Simon Barnham.
yesterday's revelations concerning actual or alleged copyright in John Cage's musical work, the Kat is happy to express his gratitude to the distinguished musician and fair-treatment-for-performers enthusiast Les Hurdle for sending him this link to an entire Wikipedia feature on musical compositions which, like Cage's famous work, consist of no sound at all.