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by Mike Masnick




Some Suggestions On How To Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day

from the have-fun dept

Reader Korrupt writes in to let us know that today is apparently World Intellectual Property Day. Michael Geist notes that there seems to be a lot missing from the festivities. Right now they seem full of announcements about how countries need to do more to make their IP systems like the US. Of course, WIPO also has a wonderfully silly list of suggested activities for World Intellectual Property Day, such as "Work with local newspapers to publish editorials encouraging respect for the rights of creators" and "Mount exhibits at local shopping malls explaining how consumers benefit from strong intellectual property systems." Since it doesn't seem like the folks at WIPO want to use World Intellectual Property Day to actually discuss some of the deeper issues concerning whether or not intellectual property actually is useful, we thought it might be good to come up with our own list of suggested activities for World Intellectual Property Day: And, of course in the spirit of free and open discussion on World Intellectual Property Day, we ask you to contribute your own suggestions in the comments (WIPO, oddly enough, seems to assume that it has the final word and does not ask for comments).

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  1. identicon
    dorpus, 26 Apr 2007 @ 2:28pm

    Earth Day Patent

    Barbecued Blue Whale, Snowy Egret, Bengal Tiger, Anatolian Leopard, Seal Pup.

    Lots of manly men to participate in the redwood-felling contest - see who's REALLY a stud with an axe. Don't miss out on the California Condor shoot.

    For the kiddies, activities will include creating interesting patterns on the lake with Quaker State 10W-40, freon cloud making.

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  2. identicon
    ehrichweiss, 26 Apr 2007 @ 2:37pm

    missed one...

    Download a copy of Vista and 10,000 remixes of the latest Britney song(I'm out of touch with new music so just fill in the latest siren's name who is hoping to sell her song based on her looks). Then delete them and do it again.

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  3. identicon
    Ajax 4Hire, 26 Apr 2007 @ 2:38pm

    I was going to write a song but

    realized I could not because I did not have Intellectual Property Rights, right?

    I now have an excuse why my songs to rhyme



    in their own time.

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  4. identicon
    teknosapien, 26 Apr 2007 @ 2:39pm

    HAHA

    Read the next post
    Politicians Seek Subsidies To Make US More Competitive

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  5. identicon
    Ajax 4Hire, 26 Apr 2007 @ 2:39pm

    Re: I was going to write a song but

    It doesn't make sense is the point.

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  6. identicon
    RandomThoughts, 26 Apr 2007 @ 3:34pm

    OK, does reading Techdirt constitute celebrating World IP Day?

    Do I have to send a card?

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  7. identicon
    Charles Griswold, 26 Apr 2007 @ 3:48pm

    How about we all separately take out patents on the concept of creating arbitrary holidays to try to prop up outdated business practices. Then we sue anyone that tries to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day including each other and (why not) ourselves.

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  8. identicon
    Immovable Object Guy, 26 Apr 2007 @ 3:58pm

    this world is a crazy place

    If you didn't take the opportunity to read the letter written by Thomas Jefferson, above, then GO BACK AND READ IT. Maybe, you'll get the point..

    and as an aside - man was that guy brilliant!!!

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  9. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Apr 2007 @ 4:23pm

    I just out a patent on World Intellectual Property Day. I am going to sue WIPO, TechDirt, and anyone who has ever mentioned the day by name or acronym. Let the money flow!

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    Nick (profile), 26 Apr 2007 @ 4:39pm

    Jack Velenti just died! How fitting!

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  11. identicon
    ehrichweiss, 26 Apr 2007 @ 5:04pm

    Jack Valenti

    Nick,

    Thanks for that. Today is truly a blessed day.

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  12. identicon
    zcat, 26 Apr 2007 @ 7:25pm

    Jack's dead?!!!

    Excellent. I'm going to buy myself a nice new DVD burner to celebrate!

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  13. identicon
    FightBackMan, 27 Apr 2007 @ 1:42am

    File a bogus DMCA take down notices

    1. Go file a bogus DMCA take down notice against a politicians website, their favorite entertainment sites, Viacom's ISP. etc.

    2. Patent something Nokia makes in the US (they don't check prior art or obviousness') and plan your law$uit.

    3. Wait patiently for this new EU rule to come into force.
    Inciting infringement is a criminal offence now, and since Windows includes a CD ripper Gates & co are inciting infringement. You can't get the BSA who pushed this, but you can get their paymasters.

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  14. identicon
    Dosquatch, 27 Apr 2007 @ 5:22am

    I am Jack's well-timed death

    I'm gonna celebrate by blatantly lifting lines from movies all day.

    "And what did David do? WHAT did David do? What did David do?"

    "He celebrated by dancing! Leaping, and dancing, before the Lord."

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