“This is how you defend the internet”: Holmes Wilson from Fight for the Future at MIT Center for Civic Media

Liveblog: Holmes Wilson, a co-founder and co-director of Fight for the Future was speaking at the MIT Centre for Civic Media on internet activism. Fight for the Future was one of the driving organising forces behind the SOPA/PIPA protests. In this talk, Wilson discusses the strategy and challenges of organising the protests, and the potential[…]

How to archive for the future? Daniel Caron and Eric Mechoulan at Berkman

Liveblogged from lunch talk at Berkman Daniel Caron explains that disintermediation makes things much more difficult for archives. Previously, archives waited for material to come to them – saw their role as beginning after the selection process. Now, if archives are to be able to perform effectively, they need to be much more active in[…]


Interview with Eric Hellman, founder of Unglue.it

Unglue.it is a crowdfunding platform that allows users (‘ungluers’) to contribute to the costs of publishing open access books. So far, the site has ‘unglued’ three books. The most influential of these is Ruth Finegan’s “Oral Literature in Africa“, a classic research monograph first published in 1970, which has had significant scholarly impact. The other[…]

Drake IP 2013: Nic Suzor, Crowdfunding the Commons

At the Drake IP Roundtable 2013, I presented about my current research, looking at examples of collective action in free and open cultural production across the creative industries (see more detail). Slides available here. I noted that consortia-based open access are examples of ‘peaceful revolutions’ (Suber) that challenge the assumptions of copyright law. These models[…]

Drake IP 2013: Joshua Sarnoff, “Rethinking application drafting and examination”

Liveblogged from Drake IP Roundtable 2013. Joshua Sarnoff considers that we need a “Meta-theory” of reform in patent: this is not just about a better utilitarian calculus, but also fairness. The Patent Office is concerned with backlog of patents. There is a tradeoff between faster processing and reduced quality decisions. There are avenues congress, courts,[…]

Karen Sandrik, “Formality in patent licensing”

Liveblogged from Drake IP Roundtable 2013. Karen Sandrik asks what is the role of the common law in patent law right now? Argues we need a formal but forgiving approach. Where an inventor assigns a patent to a company, we need a formal but forgiving approach; when a firm assigns a patent to another firm,[…]

Drake IP 2013: Keith Robinson, “The aftermath of Akamai”

Liveblogged from Drake IP Roundtable 2013. Considers joint infringement of a method claim. There was a patent covering something like the iTunes system, with four steps performed by at least three companies. Because no entity performed all of the steps, the patent is not easily enforceable. Defendants may say: “We may perform steps A,B,C, but[…]

Drake IP 2013: William Hubbard, “The competitive advantage of weak patents”

Liveblogged from Drake IP Roundtable 2013. William Hubbard argues that weaker US patents may improve US competitive advantage. What makes companies competitive? Two relevant issues: Factor conditions – materials, labour; but also advanced factors: information, highly educated labour, specialised infrastructure. Domestic rivalry – domestic rivalry turns out to be more important for global competitiveness because:[…]

Drake IP 2013: Sarah Burstein, “Costly Designs”

Liveblogged from Drake IP Roundtable 2013. Sarah Burstein discusses the costly screens model and its applicability to designs. The model divides the world based on private and social value of IP rights. Masur & Fagundes posit that there are no patents that had low private but high social value. Low value patents are just a[…]