Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Legal Yesterday, we were treated to another preliminary injunction on a product due to patent trolling. Over the past few years, some companies have resorted to patent trolling instead of competing on merit, using frivolous and obvious software and design patents to block competitors - even though this obviously shouldn't be legal. The fact that this is, in fact, legal, is baffling, and up until a few months ago, a regular topic here on OSNews. At some point - I stopped reporting on the matter. The reason for this is simple: I realised that intellectual property law exists outside of regular democratic processes and is, in fact, wholly and utterly totalitarian. What's the point in reporting on something we can't change via legal means?
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We can at least ask for TRIPS minimums
by jrincayc on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 12:39 UTC
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Even if we can't bypass TRIPS easily, we can at least demand that laws are at the TRIPS minimums. For example, in the US a recording is protected for 70 year after the death of the performer, but in TRIPS it only needs to be 50 years after the performance is recorded.

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