Tag Archives: copyright

Requirements of a new copyright system.

As I explained in my previous post, the current copyright system is highly  dysfunctional. It doesn’t even come close to achieving its twin goals of promoting and protecting creativity. The main reason is that its underlying principles reflect a 19th century reality, rather than a 21st century one. In this post, I will take a Read more …

Is copyright registration the elephant in the room?

I’m at a seminar on how technology impacts IP rights, and the way they work in business. When people talk about copyright, I see a lot of instances where copyright becomes more and more dependent upon registration. Examples are the proposals to set up exchange fora (like a marketplace) for stuff that’s under copyright. Basically, Read more …

So who decided to privatize IPRs?

Facebook was already problematic, as I’ve written before. When you post your IPR on Facebook (your logo, trademark, music, etc.), Facebook has effectively an unlimited right to do with your IPR whatever they want. For free. But there is more: Facebook has asked trademark owners to register their trademark with Facebook. What does that mean? Read more …

No copyright on “interface” – that’s GUI for you!

Yesterday, 22 December 2010, the European Court of Justice ruled on a very interesting question: does software protection apply to the graphical user interface (GUI)? The answer was no. This may not surprise lawyers, but my guess is it would surprise IT people. IT lawyers know that in the EU, software protection (a specific form Read more …

Google Apps – who owns them?

I’ve written about software written by other software before on this blog. Now the practice is really taking off: Google has released its Google Android Apps inventor program. What does it mean? Anybody registered can start developing Google Android Apps. These are applications (software), where not a single line of code is written by humans. Read more …

Who owns software written by software?

About a year ago, I was at a presentation of a number of start-ups at the Brussels Enterprise Agency. One of the enterpreneurs presenting his very cool software product then said something that really amazed me. “One of the advantages of our application is that it is built automatically, through other software. So, there are Read more …

Software, the viral business

  As the software part of more and more products becomes the most important part of the customer experience and the value proposition, software businesses, with their superior knowledge of software business models, are well placed to take over more and more “classical” industries. Recently, the Financial Times reported that mobile phones with the Google Read more …