- New book on pushing back against stifling of fair use
Nat in his Four Short Links at O’Reilly Radar today linked to a post on The Chronicles of Higher Education the covers the work of Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide whose new book, “Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright” looks to tackle the chilling effects of the current default of permission and rats nest of clearances facing modern creators. I am glad to see their earlier collaborations on education brought them to such a much needed book. From the article, it sounds like a sort of indie guide for groups needing to propagate best practices around fair use for their own purposes.
- US Supreme Court rules on knowledge and willful blindness to patent infringement
As The Register article explains, the doctrine of willful blindness, though it can be murky, is well established in criminal law. The ruling specifically requires that a claimant has to prove the defendant knew it was infringing or that they acted willfully blind. Additionally, the claim in question has to be about inducement rather than direct infringement. Patents already allow their holders to pursue direct infringement regardless of their particular knowledge or ignorance. Hopefully the decision will make it a little bit harder to sue for inducement even if it does little else to ease the overly strained US patent system. The article has more details of the case in question.
- How social network effects influence gadget adoption
Technology Review explains some interesting data mining results from Norwegian telecom provider, Telenor. The story caught my eye as possible related to my recent 2nd adopter monologue. As far as I can tell, their findings aren’t that nuanced. As predictive as the social trends they found might be, it doesn’t seem like they account for the role (1st, 2nd, mass adopter) or relationship of members in a social graph. It is a tantalizing start that hopefully will encourage deeper analysis that I hope will bear out some of my intuitions.
- UN special rapporteur calls on states to protect anonymous speakers online, EFF
- 3D printer produces working house keys, The Register
- Researchers develop technique for stamping out low cost nano devices, Vanderbilt via Slashdot
- Google opens source to realtime, browser based communications tech it acquired, The Register