Tag Archives: intellectual property

Yes, stealing intellectual property is stealing

Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

"One of the ongoing ridiculous myths that exists on the Left — and, even more maddeningly, with some on the alleged Right — is that stealing intellectual property (IP) is … not stealing." [editor's note: Motley is particularly reliable among supporters of the "intellectual property" scam when it comes to failing either to make a compelling argument for his side (beyond "but IP is property because I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaant it to be property") or to honestly present, let alone take on, the arguments of the other side. You could damn near set your watch by him, if the process of setting your watch by him wasn't presumably covered by some troll's patent claims – TLK] (09/07/17)


Kaspersky Lab turns the tables, forces patent troll to pay cash to end case

Source: Ars Technica

"In October, Kaspersky Labs found itself in a situation familiar to many tech companies: it was sued by a do-nothing patent holder in East Texas who demanded a cash settlement before it would go away. The patent-licensing company, Wetro Lan LLC, owned US Patent No. 6,795,918, which essentially claimed an Internet firewall. The patent was filed in 2000 despite the fact that computer network firewalls date to the 1980s. … Wetro Lan's settlement demands kept dropping, down from its initial 'amicable' demand of $60,000. Eventually, the demands reached $10,000 — an amount that's extremely low in the world of patent litigation. [Kaspersky attorney Casey] Kniser tried to explain that it didn't matter how far the company dropped the demand. 'Kaspersky won't pay these people even if it's a nickel,' he said. Then Kniser took a new tack. 'We said, actually, $10,000 is fine,' said Kniser. 'Why don't you pay us $10,000?' After some back-and-forth, Wetro Lan's lawyer agreed to pay Kaspersky $5,000 to end the litigation." (08/31/17)


Lions of Liberty, episode 310

Lions of Liberty

Source: Lions of Liberty

"Austin Meyer created a revolutionary flight simulator software known as 'X-Plane,' which found him on the receiving end of a patent infringement lawsuit. Not for his software, but for using the Google Play store to distribute it! In response, Meyer spent two years travelling the country in his custom built airplane to interview other small business owners who had similar stories, and the result is the eye opening The Patent Scam Documentary." [various formats] (08/28/17)


Yes, China steals [sic] IP; no, that doesn't mean trade with China is a bad thing

Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

"As the U.S. gets ready to square off with China over its unfair trade practices, a new study by a group of economists suggests that China has had a major beneficial impact on both U.S. inflation and its standard of living. Will a trade war with China undo those benefits? Everyone is angry at China right now, and perhaps with good reason. China's regime often bends trade rules to its own needs, and breaks them or ignores them when it's convenient. This is one of the big reasons why Donald Trump is pursuing an investigation into China's routine and often blatant theft of U.S. intellectual property and patents. By granting U.S. firms conditional access to its markets, China extorts or simply steals U.S. companies' technology and trade secrets." (08/21/17)


How I changed my mind on intellectual property

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Isaac Morehouse

"I’d been solidly libertarian for many years the first time I gave thought to 'intellectual property' (copyrights and patents) at all. Someone mentioned the protection of property, including intellectual property, as the root of prosperity and freedom. I agreed without hesitation. It just seemed to make sense. Now and then I would read or hear someone reiterate this position and it always seemed right to me. I had spent a lot of time working through the arguments in favor of private property — both philosophical and economic — and I didn’t think IP required any special arguments to augment what I already believed about other forms of property. Then a quote by Thomas Jefferson caught my eye …" (07/17/17)


Copyright law helps perpetuate neo-colonial knowledge-oligarchies

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

"When research capabilities are inhibited, the effects channel downwards and impact the quality of the education received by students whose teachers lack access to the latest research. There will obviously be a difference between students who are taught by those who simply regurgitate textbooks versus students who are taught by those who love their subjects so much that they constantly research it, apply it, and build upon its frontiers. This regurgitation from textbooks and set syllabi is usually borne of a subservience to those who derive benefit and privilege from the knowledge-oligarchs. This is a major reason why students from universities with 'superior' research activity and output,both within across and across countries, are not only generally more prized by employers but are also afforded an absurd sense of authority and credibility over and above their 'normal' peers in daily life. Indeed, even if the faculty do not want to teach their students and the students would like to teach themselves, they are unable to do so because of the restrictions imposed by copyright law." (07/11/17)


Waymo drops most patent claims in Uber self-driving car lawsuit

Source: TechCrunch

"There were a few big breaks in the case between Waymo and Uber over self-driving car technology today. As a result, the scope of the case is starting to come into focus as both companies prepare for a trial set to begin in October. First of all, Waymo has narrowed its case, dropping three out of four patent claims it originally made against Uber. Meanwhile, Uber has been granted the ability to depose Alphabet CEO Larry Page about why his company decided against partnering with Uber as part of its autonomous vehicle program. Waymo, the self-driving technology arm of Google parent Alphabet, filed the lawsuit in February, alleging theft of trade secrets that Uber planned to use in its autonomous vehicles. The case centers around engineer Anthony Levandowski, who Waymo claims stole 14,000 documents before leaving the company and founding Otto, a self-driving trucking company which Uber later acquired." (07/07/17)


Yes, hate speech is free speech

Source: National Review
by Rich Lowry

"With the Left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, free speech in America at least has one reliable friend — the Supreme Court of the United States. In a firm 8-0 decision, the court slapped down the Patent and Trademark Office for denying a band federal trademark registration for the name 'The Slants,' a derogatory term for Asian-Americans. The case involves a very small corner of federal law, but implicates the broader logic of political correctness, which is that speech should be silenced for the greater good if there is a chance that someone, somewhere might be offended by it." (06/20/17)


Copyright law shouldn't pick winners

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

"When looking at a proposed policy regulating Internet businesses, here’s a good question to ask yourself: would this bar new companies from competing with the current big players? Google will probably be fine, but what about the next Google? In the past few years, some large movie studios and record labels have been promoting a proposal that would effectively require user-generated media platforms to use copyright bots similar to YouTube’s infamous Content ID system. Today’s YouTube will have no trouble complying, but imagine if such requirements had been in place when YouTube was a three-person company. If copyright bots become the law, the barrier to entry for new social media companies will get a lot higher." [editor's note: Copyright law shouldn't exist – TLK] (06/20/19)


SCOTUS strikes down rule against disparaging trademarks

Source: Hollywood Reporter

"Those of fiendish or mischievous mind will have an easier time registering trademarks after the Supreme Court on Monday decided to reject as unconstitutional a rule against disparaging ones. The high court's decision, authored by justice Samuel Alito, holds that a Lanham Act provision against such offensive trademarks is facially invalid under the First Amendment. … The free speech victory goes to Simon Tam, the Asian-American frontman for The Slants who attempted to register his rock band's name. He says he picked his band's moniker in an effort to reclaim a stereotype. After trademark examiners refused Tam's application, Tam brought a lawsuit, and in December 2015, he prevailed at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court has now affirmed the lower appeals court's opinion, which is also potentially welcome news for the NFL's Washington Redskins, whose own marks were canceled for being disparaging to Native Americans." (06/19/17)