Whilst on the surface this is a puff piece for Apple, but Cook uses the Obama administration’s call to cooperate making life easier for the intelligence industrial complex get access to consumer data and lays out an opposing vision. He basically kicked Washington DC in the teeth, other significant companies just decided to turn up […]Read more "Tim Cook at The White House Cybersecurity Summit"
The Irish Independent ran the story of Ate My Heart Inc.; a company owned and controlled by popstar Lady Gaga who ‘demanded I roll over and hand over my ladyaga.ie domain name and trademark’ This action was taken against an Irish-based cookery blogger. This surprised me for a number of reasons: The two brands and […]Read more "Lady Gaga, the lawyer and the Irish Web 2.0 debacle"
I saw this on the way into work yesterday morning at the café-bar around the corner from the office. I just imagine the lawyers in Sunnyvale hitting the speed dial button for the corporate travel agent and booking a business class return flight to Hong Kong.Read more "Brand extension or violation?"
This is going to be a convoluted long post, so I just decided to pick a point and start. The Draft Communications Bill, what is it? The Draft Communications Bill is a piece of legislation that builds upon work done by the European Union and the previous Labour administration. It is designed (as the government […]Read more "Network analysis and why people are so afraid of the Draft Communications Bill"
Girl Talk’s work sits at the intersection of art and intellectual property law, like The Avalanches his work is made up of lots of other people’s work. When does copyright infringement become a new work in its own right? Why is Andy Warhol art and sampling theft? Girl Talk Interview — Some Conference 2012 from […]Read more "Interview with cut-up artist Girl Talk"
I wonder if Haribo is an Olympic sponsor? I wasn’t aware that they were and didn’t see anything obvious on their website to indicate that they were an Olympic sponsor. So I was a bit surprised to see these Gold Medal sweets that I thought would have violated the brand protection measures of the UK […]Read more "Olympic brand ambush marketing?"
I had delayed writing about this as I had a busy run-up to Easter and just about everyone of note in the Bay Area seems to have weighed in on the Yahoo! versus Facebook legal case over patents. Fred Wilson (aka A VC) channeled the concern that the start-up community in general over wide-ranging patents […]Read more "Facebook: the Yahoo! patents case"
There was a great article by former Guardian journalist Bobbie Johnson on technology site GigaOM that I read this morning which talks about the inevitable censorship of online social media services like Facebook and Twitter. On the one hand this is potentially good news for law firms like Schillings who do reputational work but it […]Read more "UK government mulls short-term gain with a long-term loss"