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Take patent policy away from lawyers, says Australian government report

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| The Australian government is reported to be considering an overhaul of the
| country’s patent laws, following the release of a report that identifies the
| ease of getting protection as a barrier to innovation. The courts in
| Australia, conclude the authors of Venturous Australia – Building Strength in
| Innovation (Chapter 7, pages 83 to 87), have “overturned
| important ‘gatekeeping’ principles of the patent system that existed until
| the early 1980s”. In particular, they identify software and business methods
| as an issue, and state that large companies are using the patent system to
| build thickets that effectively keep competitors out of markets.


Review of the National Innovation System in Australia

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| A report has been completed. It says, the inventive steps required to qualify
| for patents should be considerable, and the resulting patents must be well
| defined, as to mininise litigation and maximise the scope for subsequent
| innovators. In particular software and business method patenting is an
| Australian concern.



Nine Inch Nails Gives Away Another Album Online: No Payments Accepted

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| Nine Inch Nails is back at it again by throwing more free music towards the
| masses with its latest album entitled "the slip." This time around the free
| download is working a bit different- the band isn't even allowing for
| donations.
| The album can be found over at NIN's Web site. If you remember it was only
| two months ago when NIN released an instrumental album online with a unique
| pay structure, with a most common $5 fee for the standard 36-track album, but
| now NIN frontman, Trent Reznor, just wants his music to be heard as there's
| no options for payments or donations.


Dancing tot's mom faces setback in YouTube-Prince case

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| EFF had asked for a ruling that the 30-second snippet did not violate
| copyright law; Fogel concluded it was unnecessary because "Universal has
| indicated it had and presently has no intention of ever asserting an
| infringement action directly against Lenz based on the 'Let's Go Crazy'
| video." * *


Does She Look Like a Music Pirate?

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| Andersen is going after the recording industry under conspiracy laws. She
| argues the Recording Industry Association of America, the industry's trade
| group, and its affiliates worked together on a broad campaign to intimidate
| people into making financial payoffs. The defendants "secretly met and
| conspired" to develop a "litigation enterprise" with the ultimate goal of
| preserving the major record companies' control over the music business.
| Andersen is requesting class action status for her case, seeking at least $5
| million in compensation for the class * * *
| [...]
| From her apartment outside Portland, Andersen remains involved in the broader
| case. She collects files on her suit and tracks other disputes with the RIAA
| online. One recent winter day, she sipped a Diet Pepsi and watched Tazz jump
| from the couch and settle on the floor. "You have to find some positive in
| stuff, too," she says. "For whatever reason, I have been given a unique
| opportunity to fight this. I feel a responsibility in a way and want to help
| others. That pushes me along." * * *


Music boss: we were wrong to go to war with consumers

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| The boss of Warner Music has made a rare public confession that the music
| industry has to take some of the blame for the rise of p2p file sharing.


Defendant: RIAA abusing courts to shore up "failing business model"

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| After the lawsuit was filed, Njuguna said she boxed up the PC reportedly used
| for infringement and purchased a new one. She then filed a series of
| counterclaims to the RIAA's lawsuit in an attempt to have the lawsuit
| dismissed and her name cleared. One of those accuses the record labels of
| failing to negotiate in good faith. * *
| [...]
| Njugana also accuses the RIAA of engaging in deceptive and unfair trade
| practices, arguing that the record labels have demonstrated repeated behavior
| that has an "adverse effect on the public interest." She also cites former
| RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen's lawsuit (which seeks class-action status) as
| evidence that, unless the courts step in at some point, the RIAA will
| continue its campaign. * *


The RIAA will come to regret its court win

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| And, he told his blog readers: "If [the industry tries to] keep up the
| strategy of 'you need us badly and therefore we make the rules' you will lose
| the artists, their managers... and the audience. Another 12 months for this
| Radiohead experiment to become the default approach. Get engaged or get
| outmoded. And do it soon." * *


Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against Universal
| Music Publishing Group (UMPG), asking a federal court to protect the fair use
| and free speech rights of a mother who posted a short video of her toddler
| son dancing to a Prince song on the Internet. *


RIAA, MPAA urge pro-copyright vows from presidential candidates

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| One question, for instance, asks: "How would you promote the progress of
| science and creativity, as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, by upholding
| and strengthening copyright law and preventing its diminishment?" *


BitTorrent Admin Monitored by US Government, Forced to Dump Linux

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| Sk0t, an ex-administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker is to have
| his internet connection forcibly monitored by the US Government. If that
| wasn’t bad enough, the monitoring software is Windows based - which means he
| is being forced to ditch Linux - or face being barred from the internet. *

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