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Slaving the Slavers

We'll get to slavery at the end of this post. I want to highlight some of the good guys for a change. The Open Knowledge Foundation - well the name pretty much describes it. It came to my attention through Rufus Pollock, who is a Ph.D student at Cambridge (England) doing research on cumulative innovation. Rufus has been active in Europe with several important organizations: the FFII, the major grass-roots organization lobbying against software patents in the EU - we've dodged the bullet on that one so far, as well as being involved with the UK Creative Commons.

So what does this have to do with slavery? You may recall that while not as pernicious as slavery, the mind-control aspect of intellectual property has many of the same problems as slavery - a form of property that has always been opposed by economists. One of the most interesting posts on the Open Knowledge Foundation website is the post about data on the slave trade: which is itself enslaved in chains of intellectual property.

Blogroll Add (Google Patent Search)

The Google Patent Search has been added to the blogroll of this site.

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Recording Industry vs. The People

If you are interested in keeping detailed track of all of the contested litigation over music file sharing, there is no better blog than the Recording Industry vs. The People blog.

It features many of the actual motions from cases that are slowly winding their way through the courts - waged by the brave few who refuse to kowtow to the RIAA.

Moving to Freedom

Scott Carpenter has started a nice blog Moving to Freedom on free software and related issues about ideas and intellectual property. Among other things he has a nice post reminding us of Ben Franklin's views of patent law.

Techdirt

Although not strictly focused on issues of monopoly on intellectual monopoly Techdirt provides great coverage of IT issues of public interest - including patent and copyright issues.

Patently Silly

Thanks to Michael Powell for pointing out the wonderful Patently Silly site reminding us of the great unique, non-obvious, and useful inventions our patent examiners have created monopolies over.

researchoninnovation.org

Jim Bessen's researchoninnovation.org publishes a quarterly newsletter Research on Innovation - now in blog format.

Ed Felten's Blog

Ed Felten examines how the law and technology such as DRM impact our freedom to tinker and improve software. Felten is a computer scientist and his blog is particularly good probing the technical details of how things work - or don't work.

Larry Lessig's blog

Larry Lessig examines copyright issues and the current excesses of copyright length and digital rights management.

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Les patent trolls ne sont pas toujours des officines

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Bonfire of the Missalettes!

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