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QFPay, The Square of China, Is Processing Close To $400M Per Year

The Real Battle: Permission vs. Innovation; Lawyers vs. Innovators

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Tim Lee points us to a really interesting blog post by Dave Alpert, which looks at the Uber dispute in Washington DC as the conflict of two modes of thinking: the permission model favored by lawyers and politicians vs. the innovation model favored by techies and entrepreneurs (and, yes, that's...
The Real Battle: Permission vs. Innovation; Lawyers vs. Innovators

Disappointing: Teller Sues Other Magician For Doing The Same Trick

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I've been a big fan of Penn & Teller since I was a kid, so I'm pretty disappointed to learn that Teller (the silent one, whose name, it turns out, is Raymond Teller) is suing another magician for copyright infringement for (a) doing a similar trick that may have been...
Disappointing: Teller Sues Other Magician For Doing The Same Trick
Finally, Feds say cops' access to your e-mail shouldn't be time-dependant

How Google's ContentID System Fails At Fair Use & The Public Domain

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We recently covered how YouTube briefly pulled down the NASA-uploaded public domain video footage from the Curiosity rover's Mars landing. We were quite careful in the piece not to call it a DMCA takedown, because it was pretty clear that the DMCA was not involved. Unfortunately, many have been assuming...
How Google's ContentID System Fails At Fair Use & The Public Domain
The Rogue Court That Made Patents So Destructive

The Social Networking Patent Thicket Consists Of At Least 30,000 Patents

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M-CAM's analysis of the Yahoo/Facebook patent nuclear war has some interesting points. It's worth checking out the full thing, but I wanted to call attention to two them. First, in showing just how ridiculous the patent situation is in the social networking space, M-CAM looks just at the 10 patents...
The Social Networking Patent Thicket Consists Of At Least 30,000 Patents

EFF Launches 'Defend Innovation' Site In An Attempt To Fix Software Patents

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The folks over at EFF have launched a new site called DefendInnovation.org that seeks to get people to speak up about fixing the patent system, specifically around software patents. It puts forth a series of key suggestions: A patent covering software should be shorter: no more than five years from...
EFF Launches 'Defend Innovation' Site In An Attempt To Fix Software Patents

Yes, Patents Are A Restriction On Freedom

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Tim Lee points us to an interesting blog post from a patent lawyer who tries to parse out why software patents feel so offensive to some. The lawyer, Steve Lundberg, who tends to be a software patent supporter (and whose blog posts I've strongly disagreed with in the past) does...
Yes, Patents Are A Restriction On Freedom

Getting More People Aware Of The Problems Of Patents & Copyright: Reducing Social Distance

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Tim Lee has a great blog post over at Forbes in which he discusses the concept of "social distance" and how it relates to problems in patent and copyright law. The basic point: if you actually know people who are suffering from specific problems, you're much more willing to take...
Getting More People Aware Of The Problems Of Patents & Copyright: Reducing Social Distance

FBI Turns Back On 2,750 Of The 3,000 GPS Devices It Turned Off For Lack Of A Warrant

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In January, we wrote about the Supreme Court's somewhat surprising ruling on GPS monitoring by law enforcement, in which it suggested (but didn't fully say) that putting a GPS device on a car might need a warrant -- a pretty easy process that the FBI just didn't want to go...
FBI Turns Back On 2,750 Of The 3,000 GPS Devices It Turned Off For Lack Of A Warrant
Sequoia Capital hires Admob founder to ramp up investments in mobile

Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

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In 2008 James Bessen and Michael Meurer came out with a truly excellent book, Patent Failure. It's chock full of excellent information and a pretty wide survey of the research showing just how much patents harm innovation. While I don't necessarily agree with the "solutions" proposed, the key thesis of...
Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

TSA Freaks Out, Gets Longtime Critic Bruce Schneier Kicked Off Of Oversight Hearing

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If you read this site, you probably already know who Bruce Schneier is. We've certainly mentioned the longtime security expert plenty of times. He's been one of the leading vocal critics of "security theater" from the TSA, and therefore a perfectly reasonable counterpoint to the TSA in a hearing by...
TSA Freaks Out, Gets Longtime Critic Bruce Schneier Kicked Off Of Oversight Hearing

Both Major Parties Are In 'Vigorous' Denial About The Need For Copyright & Patent Reform

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Last week we wrote about weaknesses in the Republican's platform on internet freedom, noting that the MPAA's endorsement of it showed that it wasn't recognizing the importance of fixing copyright law, rather than expanding it. And, of course, we've now been pointing out significant issues with the Democrat's platform as...
Both Major Parties Are In 'Vigorous' Denial About The Need For Copyright & Patent Reform

Lawmakers re-introduce GPS protection bill against government spying

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Just two days after new legislative reform on e-mail privacy was re-introduced in Congress, another privacy bill was brought back from years past. On Thursday, three members of the House (two Republicans and a Democrat) and two bipartisan senators introduced the GPS Act, which would require law enforcement to obtain...
Lawmakers re-introduce GPS protection bill against government spying

40 Years Ago The Supreme Court Effectively Banned Software Patents; Remember That?

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Over at Forbes, Tim Lee has reminded us that it's the 40th anniversary of the case in which the Supreme Court really banned software patents, arguing that they were really just math, and you can't patent math. That case, Gottschalk v. Benson, had been seen to suggest that software programs,...
40 Years Ago The Supreme Court Effectively Banned Software Patents; Remember That?

Craigslist Demands 'Exclusive License' On Your Posts

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When Craigslist sued PadMapper and 3taps, we questioned the legal basis for much of the lawsuit, in particular the claim that Craigslist even could sue over copyright, when any copyrightable content is created by the end-users and not Craigslist itself. It appears that someone at Craigslist realized that it was...
Craigslist Demands 'Exclusive License' On Your Posts
Maine GOP Apparently Believes That Playing World Of Warcraft Makes You Unfit For Office

Patent Judges Completely Out Of Touch With How Much Patents Hinder Technology Innovation

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Last year, we were quite disappointed (but not surprised) to see former CAFC Judge Paul Michel argue publicly that we need many more patents to encourage innovation. He went so far as to suggest a tax credit for getting patents. He also argued that more patents would mean more technology...
Patent Judges Completely Out Of Touch With How Much Patents Hinder Technology Innovation

Please Keep The ACTA Debate Fact-Based

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As we noted in our ACTA primer, there appeared to be a lot of misinformation spreading about the agreement -- which many people were comparing to SOPA/PIPA. While we appreciated that folks who had become interested in SOPA/PIPA were turning their attention to the (very problematic) ACTA, it didn't do...
Please Keep The ACTA Debate Fact-Based

Publishing Isn't A Job Anymore: It's A Button

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Tim Lee points us to a really fantastic (as per usual) discussion with Clay Shirky about media disruption, in which he makes the key point that publishing is no longer a job, but a button: Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre...
Publishing Isn't A Job Anymore: It's A Button

Live blog: Mobile companies take the stage at Launchpad

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Ten companies take the stage at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco Thursday, competing for the winning title in Launchpad, which judges companies for innovation in mobile technology. The companies will take the stage at 5 p.m. Thursday and the winners will be announced shortly after the conclusion. The judges...
Live blog: Mobile companies take the stage at Launchpad

Feds Take A Step Closer To Trying To Regulate Bitcoin

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We're still somewhat skeptical about the longterm prospects for Bitcoin, even if it has shown the ability to rebound after its initial hypecycle crashed. However, we've always known that the government was uncomfortable with the concept of Bitcoin. From Senator Chuck Schumer insisting that it was money laundering to the...
Feds Take A Step Closer To Trying To Regulate Bitcoin

DOJ Argues That Even If Case Against Megaupload Is Dismissed, It Still Can Hold Its Assets

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As the fight over whether or not the US can even charge Megaupload under criminal law continues, the US Justice Department continues to make quite extraordinary claims. If you don't recall, the US filed criminal charges against Megaupload and a bunch of its execs. However, as a US judge noted...
DOJ Argues That Even If Case Against Megaupload Is Dismissed, It Still Can Hold Its Assets
Meet our next MobileBeat 2012 speakers: Designer Yves Béhar, Pandora’s Tom Conrad, & more

Who Cares If Piracy Is 'Wrong' If Stopping It Is Impossible And Innovating Provides Better Solutions?

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It appears that the same arguments that many of us have been fighting for many, many years are suddenly playing themselves out again in the National Review Online. It started with a really fantastic article by Reihan Salam and Patrick Ruffini arguing that legislating to deal with "piracy" doesn't work...
Who Cares If Piracy Is 'Wrong' If Stopping It Is Impossible And Innovating Provides Better Solutions?

New Book Makes The Case For Why Copyright Needs To Be Reformed

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I've argued in the past that copyright is a non-partisan issue, in that the concepts behind fixing a broken copyright system shouldn't be specific to either major political party. Unfortunately, historically, that's meant that there's been bi-partisan interest in helping Hollywood expand the system over and over and over and...
New Book Makes The Case For Why Copyright Needs To Be Reformed

When WSJ Flunks Internet History, Blogs Step In To Educate

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We hear over and over again from traditional reporters how we need to "protect" newspapers and how, as newspapers fail, no one can step in and replace them -- especially not "new media" like blogs. In fact, we're told how newspapers are "trustworthy," but blogs are "amateurish" and prone to...
When WSJ Flunks Internet History, Blogs Step In To Educate
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