Friday felicitations

42 is the number of forthcoming events listed on the IPKat's side bar (free events are marked in BLUE, as usual). Do check it out! And if you are someone who is hoping to have an event posted, can you please try to get the relevant information into a single neat little paragraph rather than leaving the Kats to puzzle it out for themselves.

Congratulations are due to IP Finance, a sister blog of the IPKat, which this week gained its 400th email subscriber. If you're not an IP Finance reader, you are still totally welcome to attend the next FREE and OPEN TO EVERYONE seminar on 14 July, when Australian IP practitioner and emeritus IP Finance blogger Julian Gyngell will be speaking on the new Australian Personal Property Securities (PPS) regime and its impact on IP finance. Further details will be posted on the IPKat side bar once they're available.

The IPKat's Excess Copyright friend Howard Knopf advises him that these days it's not just online computer games that have an end-user licence agreement (EULA). Even cats have them, according to this item picked up from Wendy Seltzer. The moral of the story is simple. If you buy a hypoallergenic genetically modified moggie, you may be limited as to what you can lawfully do to it. The best advice is to find a stray one and be nice to it.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is the latest country to sign up for the Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms of October 29, 1971 (the "Phonograms Convention"). This convention comes into effect for B-H on 25 May 2009, making a total of 77 signatories.

Eagle-eyed Kristof Neefs (Altius) picked up this item from the European Parliament on access to documents. Key quote:
"“Members also call the Commission to make available all documents related to the ongoing international negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) - which will contain a new international benchmark on intellectual property right enforcement".
You can't do that, can you, murmur the Kats! That will lead to transparency in policy-making. Surely you can't expose so fragile a creature as a representative democracy to such dangerous stuff ...
Friday felicitations Friday felicitations Reviewed by Jeremy on Friday, March 13, 2009 Rating: 5


  1. If you want a cat as a companion animal Cats Protection can assist. Provided their inspector feels your home is adequate for the animal you can chose one or more moggies from one of their catteries/kennels. There will be no reproduction restrictions as it is the charity's policy to neuter all cats before rehoming.

  2. Licensed animals

    As far as I know all rescue dog kennels do not sell the rescued dogs, but constitute the rescuer a bailee who never comes to own the animal (which they neuter first), is not allowed to sub-bail, must notify changes of address, must permit inspections ot the place of keeping, etc, etc. I have never heard of such terms being enforced, but there they are.

  3. "I have never heard of such terms being enforced,"

    Not so hasty. They may not have been enforced in the courts but around where I am, there have been a few stories of the rescue kennels taking the animals back.

  4. "Members also call the Commission to make available all documents related to the ongoing international negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)..."

    This is a toothless paper tiger.

    It refers to a recital -- not a substantive provision -- of what essentially remains a draft resolution, since the European Parliament postponed the vote on the accompanying legislative resolution in order to leave the possibility for the European commission to modify its proposal, and for the Parliament to negotiate a first reading agreement with Council after the summer.

    On the day before (on 10 March), unsurprisingly, access to a series of documents was denied in the USA.


All comments must be moderated by a member of the IPKat team before they appear on the blog. Comments will not be allowed if the contravene the IPKat policy that readers' comments should not be obscene or defamatory; they should not consist of ad hominem attacks on members of the blog team or other comment-posters and they should make a constructive contribution to the discussion of the post on which they purport to comment.

It is also the IPKat policy that comments should not be made completely anonymously, and users should use a consistent name or pseudonym (which should not itself be defamatory or obscene, or that of another real person), either in the "identity" field, or at the beginning of the comment. Current practice is to, however, allow a limited number of comments that contravene this policy, provided that the comment has a high degree of relevance and the comment chain does not become too difficult to follow.

Learn more here:

Powered by Blogger.