• How to Deal with .cn Domain Name Disputes in China
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    How to Deal with .cn Domain Name Disputes in China

    >>Welcome and thank you for standing by. At this time all participants are in a listen only mode. During the question and answer session please press star 1 on your touch tone phone. Today’s conference is being recorded. If you have any objections you may disconnect at this time. Now I will turn the meeting over to Miss Janice Wingo [assumed spelling], International Trade Administration US Department of Commerce you may begin.>>Thank you. Good morning. Welcome to this morning’s webinar. Today our webinar series is going to be a little different in that it’s going to be just a 30 minute webinar and we’re very lucky to have with us…

  • Protecting Domain Names and Social Media Handles | Minute Law | Spear IP
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    Protecting Domain Names and Social Media Handles | Minute Law | Spear IP

    When you think of a domain name and trademark, you hear about cybersquatting and that’s essentially trademark infringement, but with a domain name. So if someone snaps up a top level domain name using your trademark after you have started using your trademark — that’s kind of key — then that could be considered cybersquatting and, you know, a lot of times people will … it’s like extortion. “Pay us $300,000 for this domain name and we’ll let it go” well, you can’t do that. There are kind of two ways to protect a domain name. First is if you are actually using the entire domain name as your brand…

  • Traditional Knowledge and the Public Domain
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    Traditional Knowledge and the Public Domain

    When you think about the public domain, it is in many ways a romantic space. It’s the space in which things blossom, creativity blossoms. Why? Because it’s the space in which creators, artists, musicians, inventors are able to wander and pick up the things that they see in the fields and use them for free. If you imagine a world in which every square inch of property were owned, it would be a very difficult world to live in. In fact, it would mean that the only people who could go anywhere would be those who owned property or who could afford to pay for the rights of entry and…

  • Cory Doctorow: “The Coming Civil War over General-purpose Computing” | Talks at Google
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    Cory Doctorow: “The Coming Civil War over General-purpose Computing” | Talks at Google

    >>Presenter: I first met Cory Doctorow in 1986 when he was working for Metallica and trying to anticipate the coming Napster wars. People don’t know this about him, but he is a fervent defender of the RIAA and the MPAA. This has all been just a big lie, he says, [laughter] to make people feel that he’s one of us. Recently, actually, I ran into him in Washington, DC, and he was telling me, “You guys do the legal minimum of compliance with the DMCA. We think that you’re just pirates.” I said, “You’ve been working for the RIAA now for 16 years. I don’t see how you can possibly…