Computer Law Conference

The IPKat's friend and hero Andres Guadamuz (the TechnoLlama) has drawn his attention to the Sixth Computer Law World Conference, Edinburgh, 6-8 September 2006. There's a great programme, a great bunch of speakers and a great chance to wear your winter woollies for the first time in months, since it can get pretty cold at night in that beautiful city.

Right: can you guess the connection between this illustration and computers? (answer below)

Programme here; register here; Scottish woolly jumpers here -- and you'll need them unless you look like Andres here.

Answer to the question above: it's a Macintosh tartan


The IPKat is indebted to James Gray (Withers & Rogers) for drawing his attention to this link, which shows just how much Google is suffering for its popularity.

For those too lazy to follow the link, search engine Google has instructed its lawyers to chase publishers who use 'to google' and other generic uses of the G-word - even though it is now in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Cease and desist letters are being sent to media, aking them not to allow the use of Googling and apparently making helpful suggestions as to what else they might use instead.

Wikipedia on "to google" here
Other G-things here: 'G' Men, Gmail, G force, G-string, G-wizz [IPKat health warning: not for people who are allergic to train-spotting].
COMPUTER LAW CONFERENCE; G**** COMPUTER LAW CONFERENCE; G**** Reviewed by Jeremy on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Rating: 5


  1. I read Gogle's problems with a sense of deja vu. In the 1920/30s careless advertising caused Kodak to become used as a verb. The problem was solved with "cease and desist" letters. However trying to save another mark owned by the firm, Photostat, was a losing battle; the word is now generic. Aspirin did not fall into the public domain through generic use. In many countries the mark was lost due to the enemy status of the owner, Bayer, during the period 1914/18. In Germany Aspirin is still a registered trade mark owned by Bayer. Other firms have to use a different mark for tablets containing acetylsalicylic acid sold in that country.

  2. Thanks, Guy. I have a distant recall that Aspirin was ruled to be generic in a USA decision. Perhaps one of our transatlantic cousins can help me out here.


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