Archive for the ‘Intellectual property’ Category

Fox has no legitimate claim over Jayne Cobb hats

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Blastr and ThinkGeek report that 20th Century Fox Television has sent cease & desist letters to Etsy users to ban them from producing homemade versions of the hat that Jayne Cobb received from his mother on the short-lived Fox show Firefly. This might be the most absurd example of intellectual property ...

How long will the SOPA protests be successful?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

In my more cynical moods, I think that Westerners' complacency in political and economic matters and their comfort levels with life in general will make their recent victories against internet censorship mere footnotes to the history of State encroachment into our online lives. In other words, lawmakers, lobbyists, and other ...

Links for an ending week

Friday, January 20th, 2012

President Obama deserves praise for opposing the SOPA/PIPA bills in the House and Senate, respectively, but, of course, in true Republocrat fashion, deserves further criticism for qualifying that with, "That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors ...

Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

The latest attempt from the parasites in Washington to limit the freedom of the internet and all of the benefits that stem from it is called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Its more official, full name is Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation ...

Fish in a barrel 7

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I've been a little depressed about how little time I have/make for blagging and reading about politics and economics this year, but it's because I'm working a lot, exercising five or six times a week, and watching things obsessively on DVD, like Star Trek and Futurama and True Blood. I ...

IP absurdities, part 23,984

Friday, October 30th, 2009

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." —Voltaire Apparently hosting a Harry Potter–themed dinner party for charity around Halloween is an infringement of Warner Bros.'s copyrights.

This just in: Americans are stupid

Friday, June 19th, 2009

No, this isn't just stupid. It's stupid and evil and inhumane. As if electing complete idiots with no economic knowledge and no regard for individual rights to the presidency every four years for the last several decades weren't proof enough: A jury ruled in favor of the RIAA, against the ...

The RIAA is evil

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Which of the following stories is true? RIAA bans telling friends about songs RIAA sues radio stations for giving away free music RIAA sues man for ripping his legally purchased CD's to his computer Thanks to Justin Ptak of the Mises blag.

IP absurdity

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

It is not proof of an idea's incorrectness that it results in impractical absurdities that go against common sense, but it's a good indication. Intellectual property laws fit the bill nicely. Just because incompetent and corrupt governments give patents to undeserving parties and protect the most ridiculous, non-proprietal "innovations" and ...