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Digital Distribution-How Can We Protect Copyrights, Authors, Publishers and Patents?

Apple is the company most targeted by patent trolls

Aug 27, 2013 12:59 PM Techhive Mark Hachman Apple, HP and Samsung have been attacked the most by so-called “patent trolls” within the last five years, a Silicon Valley lawyer said Tuesday. But recent legislative activity may be weakening their power. Patents represented 5 percent of all U.S. exports in 2009, or $89.8 billion, Michael […]

Does Copyright Make Books Disappear? [feedly]

KAL RAUSTIALA AND CHRIS SPRIGMAN 08/09/2013 | 10:32 am Freakonomics Copyright law has two main economic justifications. One is familiar—the idea that copyright promotes the production of creative work by ensuring that creators, and not copyists, gain the value of their creations. Yet production is not enough, since works also need to be distributed over […]

To Stay Afloat, Bookstores Turn to Web Donors

By JULIE BOSMAN Published: August 11, 2013 NYTimes For years, independent bookstores have taken creative steps to fight off challenges from Amazon and the superstores by building in-house espresso bars, hosting members-only lunches with authors and selling birthday cards, toys and trinkets. In 2013, it has come to this: Asking their customers for donations. Crowdfunding […]

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ July 14, 2013, 9:04 pm NYTimes In the war against inequality, we’ve become so used to bad news that we’re almost taken aback when something positive happens. And with the Supreme Court having affirmed that wealthy people and corporations have a constitutional right to buy American elections, who would have expected […]

Has Patent, Will Sue: An Alert to Corporate America

By DAVID SEGAL Published: July 13, 2013 NYTimes If you’re a corporate executive, this may be one of the last sentences you want to hear: “Erich Spangenberg is on the line.” Invariably, Mr. Spangenberg, the 53-year-old owner of IPNav, is calling to discuss a patent held by one of his clients, which he says your […]