Mike Masnick's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week
from the yeah,-you-read-that-right dept
Okay, so every week we have someone do a "favorites of the week" post, but I've never had the chance to do one myself. So... I picked the shortest week of the year to do it myself. I'm not going to point to any of my own posts (that's cheating!), but I will say that I put a lot of time and effort into my comprehensive post on why SOPA and PROTECT IP are bad bills, so if you haven't read them... feel free to check it out. However, here are some other posts this week I really liked:
- Neelie Kroes pointing out that copyright is working against its intended purpose in some cases (by Glyn). I had the pleasure of meeting Kroes a few months ago when she was touring Silicon Valley talking to entrepreneurs and others in the industry. While I don't agree with all of her policy ideas, she (1) clearly understood some key issues and (2) was very willing to listen and discuss more detailed ideas. It was one of a very few meetings I've had with politicians where I didn't come out of it frustrated. Nice to see that she's continuing to do good things.
- Nicolas Sarkozy going the other direction and saying that if we don't have stronger copyright laws "there would be no form of creation." We've been scolded in the past by copyright system supporters for daring to say that anyone ever claimed without copyright there would be no creation, but there's Sarkozy doing exactly that. Kinda funny that as infringement has grown and copyright has been ignored, there's been a massive explosion in creation. Reality apparently has no place in this discussion for some.
- Research from a company connected to Hollywood claims that piracy is a growing problem, but refuses to share any of the details or methodology (by Zachary). Given how frequently such studies have been debunked once the details are clear, it's not hard to put two and two together and suggest that there's nothing much of value in the report... unless you're an old studio wishing to hoodwink the press or politicians.
- The Tootsie Roll/Footzyroll trademark fight almost entirely for Tim G's middle paragraph. More like that, please.
- The look at how cracking down on P2P software only resulted in increased file sharing, by Glyn. An important point that we've tried to make in the past, but good to see more evidence to support that.
- The story of Supergiant Games connecting with a pair of fans in love by recording clips for the groom to use to surprise his bride at the wedding, by Tim G. Always love stories of companies willing to go that extra mile to connect with fans in unique and creative ways.
- Kellogg's not just backing down on its silly trademark bullying with a Mayan archaeology group over its use of a toucan, but apparently putting a real effort behind supporting the group (by Tim C). Too often we see bullies who won't back down, or if they do, do so with a quiet apology. Kellogg's seems to have realized it made a big mistake here, and gives every indication that they've learned a lesson and are taking things seriously.