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Somalia. Hell hath no fury like an academic whose empirical research is criticised in circumstances in which he has no obvious right of reply; bearing that in mind, Martin Kretschmer's firm but measured response to comments by PRS for Music's Chief Economist Will Page, hosted on the 1709 Blog here, makes for good reading and will, it is hoped, raise the standard of debate on the delicate topic of copyright levies.
here and Volume 1, number 1 is subtitled "IP and Development - Current Trends and Future Scenarios". The IPKat, who has watched with curiosity and not without a certain admiration the work done through PIIPA, wishes this venture well. Merpel can't understand why, in these days of instant online delivery, electronic journals still come out in volumes and issues rather than just posting their material online when it's ready for people to read.
SCRIPTed has just been published; do check it out! There's also plenty to attract the reader's attention in the April issue of Intellectual Property Magazine: patent cliffs, prediction of patent litigation costs, the virtue of pursuing infringers through criminal rather than civil proceedings, new ways of combating infringement online -- and even a human interest story involving a day in the life of a US Customs and Border Protection Officer. Finally, the Kat's attention has been drawn to a title with which he was not familiar: Generic Bulletin ("the business newsletter for the generic medicines industry"). Apart from the slightly odd feeling he gets when he considers that "generic" is the brand name of the bulletin, he notes that its coverage unsurprisingly covers patents ("what's nearing expiry and who's suing whom").
IP Federation, that is. Permanent or part-time, with 15 hours a week that can be spread over two or three days a week, you have to be basically literate, numerate, sensible and able to handle the Federation's correspondence and website. If you're interested, email David England at firstname.lastname@example.org by this coming Friday, 20 April.