stories from May 6th, 2013

Failures

by Michael Ho


Filed Under:
ads, advertising, commercials, economist, failures, jokes, publicity

Companies:
dove, dr pepper, ford, gm, hyundai


Studies

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
dsm, mental health, nimh, research

Companies:
american psychiatric association


Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, copyright trolls, errors, lawsuits, sloppy


Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, copyright reform, data, evidence


(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
drm, html5

Companies:
netflix


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Patents

by Leigh Beadon


Filed Under:
patents, sponsored posts


When Startups Need More Lawyers Than Employees, The Patent System Isn't Working

from the do-the-math dept

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We've talked a lot about the tax on innovation that patent trolls create, which is well-known inside startup circles but often misunderstood by the broader public, thanks to the pro-innovation rhetoric of high-profile trolls like Intellectual Ventures. The conversation is getting more attention lately, especially with the recent news of Senator Schumer's patent reform bill which specifically aims to fight the patent troll problem, and this interview with an anonymous developer from a tech startup offers some perspective from someone who is directly affected by the issue.

Free Speech

by Tim Cushing


Filed Under:
civil liberties, fear, fud, terrorism, the public


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23:19 MoMA Releases Data On 125,000 Art Works To The Public (0)
17:00 DailyDirt: Plenty Of Spaceships... Sorta (6)
15:18 Cop To Vet On Receiving End Of Bogus Raid: Investigating Things Beforehand Just Slows Us Down (96)
14:03 Everyone's A Bad Guy: German Regulator Orders Facebook To Drop Its Stupid 'Real Name' Policy (28)
12:46 Warner Music's Response To Evidence Of Happy Birthday In The Public Domain: Who Really Knows Anything, Really? (34)
11:40 Vizio Latest Manufacturer To Offer More Ways For TVs To Watch Purchasers (62)
10:41 Washington Post Publishes... And Then Unpublishes... Opinion Piece By Ex-Intelligence Industry Brass, In Favor Of Strong Encryption (32)
10:36 Daily Deal: Virtual Training Company 2-Year Subscription (0)
09:32 Reminder: When Ron Wyden Says There's A Secret Interpretation Of A Law, Everyone Should Pay Attention (22)
08:26 Study Of Spain's 'Google Tax' On News Shows How Much Damage It Has Done (75)
07:04 Canada Opens Incumbent Fiber Networks To Competition, Cue The Hysteria (19)
05:00 Australian Police Raid Bookseller Over Copies Of A Book First Published 24 Years Ago (34)
03:01 Wordpress Takes A Stand Against Abusive DMCA Takedown Notices; Others Should Pay Attention (20)

Tuesday

23:04 Doobie Brothers Vs. The Doobie Decimal System In Trademark Battle (28)
17:00 DailyDirt: Asteroids Are Not Just An 80s Video Game (5)
15:41 New York City Decides To Actually Pay Attention To Its Verizon Contracts After Getting Ripped Off On FiOS Deal (16)
14:19 Audits Of Asset Forfeiture Program Uncover Funds Used To Pay Student Loans, Property Used As Rent-Free Housing (38)
13:08 Donald Trump's Clueless Lawyer Threatens Press, Says It's Ok To Rape Your Spouse (81)
12:00 Techdirt Podcast Episode 35: Kevin Smith On How To Be Yourself And Make A Living (5)
11:01 White House Vaguely Agrees Outdated ECPA Should Be Reformed But Only With An Eye On The Government's 'Interests' (5)
10:56 Daily Deal: iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set & Jimmy Tool Bundle (7)
09:59 White House Finally Answers Snowden Pardon Petition: The Only Good Whistleblowing Is Punished Whistleblowing (77)
08:51 DOJ To Court: Hey, We're Shutting Down Section 215, So We Can Probably Stop Arguing About The Legality Of Bulk Collection (25)
07:35 Director Of National Intelligence Hammers Final Official Nail Into Bulk Phone Records Program (9)
05:27 Happy Birthday Copyright Bombshell: New Evidence Warner Music Previously Hid Shows Song Is Public Domain (133)
03:27 Obviously, No One Ever Would Have Thought Of Remote Controlled Sex Toys Without This Patent (30)

Monday

23:23 Portland City Officials Agree Not To Sue Over Portland Oregon Sign To Keep Court From Ruling On Trademark (12)
17:00 DailyDirt: Out Of This World (And On To Others) (6)
15:21 Police Shut Down Hologram Concert Of Rapper Because They Don't Like His Lyrics; Pretty Clear First Amendment Problem (47)
13:44 Even If The State Of Georgia Can Copyright Legal Annotations, Should It? (32)
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