Posts Tagged ‘copyright/plagiarism’

Scott Adams – on ‘legal’ use of Dilbert cartoons

LOTs of people routinely reproduce Scott Adams’ Dilbert (and Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury, my other favourite) thinking their lil’ ol’ blog is too small to matter and they can fly under the radar. Adams discusses his views past and present, and presents his new, streamlined, licensing model with ‘License Me’ button. The post is worth reading […]

A few thoughts on copyright

Intellectual property can seem very like real property, especially when it is yours, and not some faceless corporation’s. As a result people feel that once they own it—especially if they have made it—they should go on owning it, much as they would a house that they could pass on to their descendants. from a short […]

It can be messy, copyright…

Billy T James’ family in a dispute over rights to some material included in the best-selling DVD compilation The Comic Genius of Billy T James. (Via NZ Herald) Sony believed it had obtained the rights to use film and sound tracks in an agreement with the Billy T. James Family Trust, which has administered the […]

And the spin goes on … Shaun Stenning’s latest

Here’s Shaun Stenning‘s latest effort to get the genie back in the bottle … by (again) threatening legal action and spinning a yarn about how copyright works. It’s interesting to see how he operates. Read the full letter here (160k PDF) for yourself and see how plausible you find it. Background: A bunch of very […]

Facebook — leaks like a sieve

Facebook Glitch Exposes Private Email Addresses Huffington Post 31-Mar-10 Just over a month after a Facebook glitch sent personal messages to the wrong users, a new Facebook flub that struck yesterday evening exposed members’ private email addresses. The bug hit at around 6:45PM ET Tuesday evening and lasted approximately 30 minutes… Continue reading at HuffPo […]

No April fool, Dean Letfus claims: “DEFAMATION!”

The Jekyll & Hyde-like transformation of Dean Letfus into Phil Jones continues. Now, apparently, he’s sending half-baked threats of ‘legal action’ to people who point out his, um, inconsistencies … Earlier this week I pointed to lawyer/investor/whistleblower David Whitburn’s blog in which he shared his concerns about the way US tax liens were being sold […]

Bluster and threat are commonplace

As in life, bluster and threat are commonplace in business – especially the technology business. So that interaction was good preparation for a later meeting with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. They’d flown in over a weekend to meet with Scott McNealy, Sun’s then CEO – who asked me and Greg Papadopoulos (Sun’s CTO) to […]

“If book publishers are supposed to be the gatekeepers…”

First raised in a comment here, this story of a fabricated Enola Gay memoir, an imaginary PhD supposedly issued and withdrawn by Victoria University of Wellington (my Alma Mater) complete with “baseless and defamatory” allegations of a hot debate about evolutionary theory (!) … well, the whole thing just gets more and more interesting … […]

Quote of the week

“We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours” — Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs announcing IP/patent lawsuit against HTC. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out.

That’s not copyright theft. It’s ‘intertextual mixing’… (Yeah, right!)

“Ooops, you caught me passing off someone else’s work as my own.” From The Independent Shortly after Ms Hegemann’s book appeared, a blogger pointed out that passages of it bore an uncanny similarity to Strobo. In one case a whole page had simply been lifted from Strobo and planted in [her book]. … “There was […]

A lawsuit waiting to happen…


“Bringing a large dose of common sense into the equation…”

Somebody thinking clearly about the internet copyright ‘three strikes, you’re disconnected’ proposals: An Australian judge has ruled that ISP iiNet is not responsible for its customers breaking copyright laws. (Of course it will be appealed!) Aussie ISP strikes landmark blow in copyright war By Pat Pilcher NZ Herald Thursday Feb 4, 2010 Aussie ISP iiNet […]

Nothing new under the sun…

Apparently Scarlett Johansson is playing ‘Black Widow’ in the movie sequel to Iron Man. Cool. Of course, she’s very Emma Peel from The Avengers isn’t she? All good clean fun.

Google grows some

“We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on” A new approach to China 1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from […]


Quite a good interview with Andrew The-internet-is-making-us-dumber-and-less-informed Keen: Andrew Keen talking to Bryan Crump Radio NZ National (mp3 20 mins) Some of the best lines: “It’s turning the knowledge business into a church” and “I don’t think a knowledge worker should be altruistic … shouldn’t give away their labour for free”…. as well as his […]