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Helping People Make & Protect Cool Stuff

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Among all the speculation and fervor regarding a rushed production of a late-night pilot, some questions have come up regarding who has the rights to make a Wheel of Time show.
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Don't panic just yet, but there are definitely lessons to be learned. I look at the general claims and the core legal issue of the judge's most recent order.
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As an attorney and a geek, I thought this was a nice bit of satire based on the fictional conceit some novels use that they are based on or translations of earlier works.

http://the-toast.net/2014/12/08/defeated-tolkien-estate/

The author's response to all of the attention is worth a look as well:
https://austinhgilkeson.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/the-real-red-book-of-westmarch/
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Today the Supreme Court said it wouldn't hear the Doyle estate's arguments on why pre-1923 Holmes fiction should be off limits. I look back at part of Judge Posner's reasons why, as well as why this is good for creators and copyright law.
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The latest move was Warner Brothers trying to get the Tolkien Estate's attorneys taken off the case, but what is the claim and why start something now? I take a brief look.
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Looking forward to this weekend.
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Wanna try Glass? Damn right you do. Just kidding... but seriously if you do want to, we’re going to start bringing Glass to cities across the US so you can give it a spin. You’ll be able to try on Glass, ask questions and chat with the Glass team in person. We’re kicking off in Durham, NC, on October 5th and we’ll be on the road, heading to other cities after that. Stay tuned here on G+ and we’ll let you know where we’re going next.

If you’re interested in attending our first event in Durham, then please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/gfZ1ug
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I'll be there. Will you?
We invite you to join us for a live Google Hangout on Tuesday October 1st at 2 PM Pacific / 5 PM Eastern to learn more about the TPP's copyright provisions and their impact on users, their effect on U.S. copyright law, and how we can work together to protect our access to knowledge, digital rights, and internet freedom. There will also be time for Q & A.

Even though we successfully killed SOPA and ACTA, special interests groups continue to pour millions of lobbying dollars to push policies that would further restrict our rights to knowledge. Unable to pass such measures through our legislative process, they’re using secretive, non-democratic tactics to fold harsher copyright restrictions and enforcement measures into a larger trade agreement. The latest and biggest threat on this front is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multinational trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries.

Speakers:

* Lori Wallach: Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
* Krista Cox, Staff attorney at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
* Maira Sutton, Global Policy Analyst at EFF
* Parker Higgins, Activist at EFF
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The title is a little misleading, it looks like the notice went out when they were sharing the design of their carpet-camo with others online, but it still makes for the sort of bizarre situation I can't believe anyone at Courtisan, Inc. would have ever predicted.
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