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Californian patents thought process | February 1, 2001 | “His patent covers computer operations that represent close and distant thoughts. It means he'll receive royalties for any process that can be represented by flow charts linking chunks of related information together.” What?! I don't think I like that one bit.

iCopyright.com | December 16, 2000 | “Content owners need to be able to make their content available to their customers on the Internet while generating revenue and protecting their intellectual property. iCopyright.com offers content owners a way to sell their content as quickly as their customers need it, in Internet time. Our mission is to develop solutions that dissolve the barriers between content owners and content users, even as the Internet continues to change the media landscape.” Thanks evhead.

voice.media.org: R-E-S-P-E-C-T | August 31, 2000 | By webchick: “I could cite endless examples of quotes out of context, misleading characterization of other's work, novel ideas that aren't attributed to the originator, and digital creations that are copied, usurped or bastardized by others under the flimsy umbrella excuse of 'derivative work.' The real kick in the head are that these infractions are committed by people who should know better, often by people who want the same kind of respect for themselves, their company, or their own work.”

When Imitation Works | Feb 10, 2000 | “In business, imitation is usually considered the simplest form of theft, not the sincerest form of flattery. But on the Internet, where sites continually borrow graphics, content, and design ideas from each other, imitation may just be good for business — and consumers. From Amazon to eToys, major e-commerce sites are increasingly adopting a strikingly similar layout on their home pages...”

Copyright for collage artists | Feb 1, 2000 | “If, like me, you are a collage artist, then copyright is probably a matter of great concern to you. (If it isn't, then it should be!) Many artists seem to feel that thinking about legal niceties, like copyright, will inhibit their creative flow. Personally, I think it's best to understand potential legal issues ahead of time. That way, the artist is able to focus on his/her work without the intrusion of fear of a lawsuit. That's why it's imperative to consider copyright issues before beginning a collage which might someday be published.” Via Subterranean Notes.

U.S. Trademark History Timeline | Jan 27, 2000 | We're talking pretty good coverage here: from prehistory to Rome to the Renaissance to the Jeffersonian, Industrial, Modern and Post-Modern ages. Via the excellent KIPLOG.

Intellectual Property Law Web Server | Nov 28, 1999 | The patents.com 'Intellectual Property Law Web Server' contains a large amount of intellectual property information. But hey! This is not legal advice! They'll keep reminding you of that because they are lawyers, of course.

Ladera Press: Cyberspace and New Media Law | Archive | Cyberspace and new media law center. “Find the cure for your new media legal headaches! Ladera Press publishes books for non-lawyers to help them understand and avoid legal problems involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and contracts. For less than the price of half an hour of a lawyer's time, these books can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees.”

NYTimes: Digital Copyright Issues | Archive | A collection of recent articles about copyright issues. Requires free registration.

Graphic Artists Guild | Ask first. | Archive | “The Graphic Artists Guild as partners in the creative process, the organizations listed below are joining with Copyright Clearance Center in sponsoring this copyright awareness campaign. We encourage you to respect private intellectual property and the copyright laws that govern it.”

CJR - The Law and the Internet: Beware, by Denise Caruso | Archive | “The Internet has redefined the practice of journalism in the '90s. After an initial knee-jerk of technophobia, reporters and editors everywhere have assimilated e-mail messaging and scouring the World Wide Web into their daily routines. As a result, not only have they radically changed how they communicate with each other and with their sources, but they have also increased the amount and breadth of research they do for their stories, and vastly expanded the reach of their work as it is instantly distributed around the globe.”

The Patent & License Exchange, Inc. | Archive | “The Patent & License Exchange, Inc., the first e-commerce market-maker for intellectual property rights, offers unique risk and knowledge management tools that create a liquid market for those seeking to sell or license, resell, or acquire intangible assets.”

Cyberlaw Encyclopedia | Archive | The I.T., I.P. and Electronic Commerce Legal Portal. This page has a load o' links.

The Copyright Website | Archive | “The Copyright Website. This site endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information of interest to infonauts, netsurfers, webspinners, content providers, musicians, appropriationists, activists, infringers, outlaws, and law abiding citizens.”

The Copyright Society of the United States of America | Archive | A non-profit organization organized in 1953 to foster interest and advance the study of copyright law.

Copyright Clearance Center | Archive | “Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., the largest licenser of photocopy reproduction rights in the world, was formed in 1978 to facilitate compliance with U.S. copyright law. CCC provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats throughout the world.”

Timeline: A History of Copyright in the U.S. | Archive | “Outlined here are copyright milestones, especially those of interest in particular to libraries and information service providers. Summaries are included for major court cases and revisions to the U.S. Copyright Act. Included also are recent activities undertaken by the U.S. Commerce Department in its efforts to develop the National Information Infrastructure. This timeline is considered a work in progress.”

US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE | Archive | “For over 200 years, the basic role of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans.”

U.S. Copyright Office | Archive | “Congress shall have power ... to promote the progress of science and useful arts ... by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive rights to their respective writings and discoveries.”

The Constitution of the United States of America | Archive | “The U.S. Constitution was written at a convention held during 1787. Signed by 39 of the 55 state delegates, it was submitted for ratification in September of that year. The constitution took effect following its ratification by the ninth state in 1788. In this hypertext version of the constitution provisions that have been amended or otherwise affected by subsequent amendments are linked to the relevant amendments.”

BERNE CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF LITERARY AND ARTISTIC WORKS | Archive | “The countries of the Union, being equally animated by the desire to protect, in as effective and uniform a manner as possible, the rights of authors in their literary and artistic works, Recognizing the importance of the work of the Revision Conference held at Stockholm in 1967, Have resolved to revise the Act adopted by the Stockholm Conference, while maintaining without change Articles 1 to 20 and 22 to 26 of that Act.”

Project Gutenberg | Archive | “The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.”

WWW Multimedia Law | Archive | “A legal resource to doing business on the Internet. Find what you need to develop, publish, and protect your intellectual property.”

Crash Course in Copyright | Archive | “Someone owns just about everything. Fair use lets you use their things - but not as much as you'd like to. Sometimes you have to ask for permission. Sometimes you are the owner.”

LICENSING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES | Archive | STRATEGIC AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SIGNING ELECTRONIC INFORMATION DELIVERY AGREEMENTS.

LICENSING DIGITAL INFORMATION - Resources | Archive | A lotta lotta links.

Copyright and Fair Use | Archive | From Stanford University Libraries.

Artists Rights Society | Archive | The Artists Rights Society protects the rights and permissions interests of artists within the U.S.

Trademarks and Domain Names | Archive | “Saying we'll just use normal trademark practices to solve the problems won't work. Here's why.”

USPTO Web Patent Database | Archive | Search the US Patent and Trademark Office's databases.

USPTO Trademark Text and Image Database | Archive | This page provides a simplified interface for performing basic searches in the Word Mark, Pseudo Mark, and Translation fields of the U.S. Trademark database.


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