Poll results

The poll this week was whether formats should be given IP protection. The results below suggest a fairly convincing 'no' among IPKat readers (fans of the late Hughie Green presumably being among the yes voters). However, the IPKat would like to know what particular formats 18 pollsters thought would be particularly deserving of protection. Pop Idol yes, X Factor no, perhaps? If anyone wants to step forward, please leave a comment below.

The poll for the next week perhaps needs a little more thought before voting. Regular readers will know all about the concept of exhaustion of IP rights, at least within the European Economic Area, but the question we are asking is whether this exhaustion principle should be applied more widely. With recent activity involving Honda bikes, Sony Playstations and CDs (see previous posts here, here or here), this is a particularly relevant issue for many consumers.
Poll results Poll results Reviewed by David Pearce on Friday, March 23, 2007 Rating: 5


  1. To be honest, I'm not sure how much you can read into these results. The question was whether formats should be given "explicit" protection. Some people might want them protected but not feel the need for them to be protected explicitly with yet another copyright directive...

  2. Why would any sensible soul be so hung up about theoretical issues of legal doctrine that he'd want formats to be protected, but insist on their protection by one type of right and not another?

  3. I'm one of those 18 exiled pollsters... I just was having a bad day and wanted to punish some medias...


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