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IT'S decision time. How much do you want to pay for the new Radiohead album? You could have it for 1p, or even for free, next week (by downloading it from the band's website, for whatever fee you think is appropriate) or wait until December and pay £40 (for the deluxe CD set, with extra tracks, also from the band's website). Take your time, no rush.
ONE of Europe's biggest music pirates, convicted after rock legend Jimmy Page gave evidence against him, has been jailed for 20 months.
FRENCH police detained a 16-year-old who posted an unauthorised translation of the latest Harry Potter book online, it was reported yesterday.
"YOU wouldn't steal a car. You wouldn't steal a handbag. You wouldn't steal a television. Downloading pirated films is stealing." Oh, just sod right off.
FEDERAL authorities have charged a Chicago man with copyright violations for allegedly uploading four episodes of Fox's 24 on the internet before the show's season premiere earlier this year.
INTELLECTUAL property (IP) law is an area reserved to Westminster under the present devolution settlement. With debate raging about the benefits, or otherwise, of Scotland becoming independent, it is worth considering whetheran independent Scotland could cut loose from the UK model and change its IP laws to generate competitive advantage.
NO COMPANY can expect to stay in business nowadays without embracing the world of information technology (IT) and managing its intellectual property (IP). Both the IT and IP sectors are facing interesting times, with exciting challenges created by phenomenal growth.
EACH year on April 26, governments and organisations around the world join the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. This year the idea is to celebrate the link between intellectual property and creativity, without which there wouldn't be much IP to protect.
IN NOVEMBER 2005, Chancellor Gordon Brown commissioned former Financial Times editor Andrew Gowers to lead an independent review into intellectual property (IP) rights in the UK to examine whether the system for protecting IP rights should be updated for the digital age. Following a public consultation, Gowers published his Review of Intellectual Property in December 2006.
EVOLUTION of the law is by its very nature, reactive. Law brings about order, so chaos inevitably precedes it.
FOR those of us who learned to love music through swapped mix-tapes and songs recorded from the radio, these are confusing times. From Apple's rather ominous call for us to "rip, mix, burn" (they were talking about CDs, it transpired) to the revelation that anybody copying their own discs onto a personal MP3 player is technically breaking the law, visiting a music retailer today is something best undertaken with legal advice.
INTELLECTUAL property (IP) rights essentially cover the legal ownership of new ideas or brand names. They can be sold or licensed - and can also be used to stop people exploiting assets without permission.
YOU wouldn't leave your goods lying in the street or your car unlocked, but failing to adequately protect a firm's products and services with patents, trademarks and copyright is the legal equivalent of doing just that.
IN AN age when so many of us have high-speed internet connections in our homes and offices, the concept of sending television signals over the internet, rather than via cable, satellite or radio waves is a logical leap. While still in its infancy, internet TV has already seized the attention of the big television studios, which have, perhaps, learned some lessons from the painful advent of digital distribution in the music industry.
SCOTTISH business owners that fail to ensure their company's software use is legitimate are now facing increased risk of prosecution.
FOR years IT watchers predicted that the traditional way of buying and running software - by purchasing a license and running the software on the user organisation's own systems in-house - was going to change. Instead of buying software, companies would rent it on a pay-per-user basis, they predicted.
THE business implications of IT security, or rather an IT security failure, should now be universally known. It can range from significant inconvenience through to loss of revenues and regulatory sanction. The usual sort of question from government and industry is: "Why, after all the technology investment, is security a major concern for us? Were things not sorted when we invested in anti-virus, anti-spam, content filtering and firewall stuff?"
IT IS often said - and quite rightly - that IT security is at least as much about acquiring the right culture or mindset as it is about implementing this or that technology.