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27 October, 2008

Thumbnails e copyright: dalla Germania venti di guerra per Google

Filed under: copyright, internet, IT, news, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , , — Eva Callegari @ 9:46 am

Creative Commons License Photo credit: Cileke

I thumbnail – quelle immagini in formato ridotto che si ricavano da una qualsiasi ricerca per immagine in Google – violano il copyright di chi ha creato le immagine originarie e le ha pubblicate in Internet.

Così hanno sentenziato in primo grado i giudici tedeschi nell’ambito di due diverse controversie su questo tema. Google appellerà molto probabilmente queste decisioni. Nel frattempo, l’intero sistema Image Search di Google in Germania è in discussione.

Non potendo i motori di ricerca di Google selezionare quali immagini sono rese liberamente utilizzabili in internet e quali no, la scelta forzata cui si vedrà costretta Google, se queste decisioni non verranno riformate in secondo grado, sarà di ripensare, se non di rinunciare al proprio sistema di ricerca per immagini nel territorio tedesco.

Un caso analogo, iniziato negli Stati Uniti dai titolari del sito pornografico Perfect 10, ha portato a conclusioni opposte rispetto a quelle cui sono giunti i giudici tedeschi nei giorni scorsi: le immagini in miniatura che Google mostra ai propri utenti sarebbero – secondo la giurisprudenza d’oltreoceano – liberamente pubblicabili in internet. Rientrerebbero infatti nel cosiddetto fair use, ovvero in una di quelle ipotesi di libera utilizzabilità delle opere protette dal diritto d’autore che costituiscono un’eccezione al sistema delle esclusive derivanti dal copyright.

E in Italia? Che accadrebbe se uno degli autori delle infinite immagini pescate da Google nella rete alzasse la mano e protestasse contro la loro trasformazione in immagini-francobollo per utenti alla ricerca di immagini digitali?

(IP Faber: protezione e negoziazione di copyright per aziende e operatori professionali)

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27 November, 2007

DRM Patent Infringement against Microsoft, Hustler, Sony & Apple.

Filed under: brevetti, copyright, internet, IT, news, patent — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Enrico @ 6:23 pm

iTunes drm incorporated

Digital Reg of Texas, is suing Microsoft, Sony, Hustler (Playboy) and Apple for a patent infringement related to DRM Technology, in particular “by making, using, providing, offering to sell, and selling (directly or through intermediaries), digital content incorporating DRM technology“.

The patent, dated 1998, is not exclusive to music data, and describes a system where “digital content such as text, video, and music are stored as part of a compressed and encrypted data file. Said content remains inaccessible until a user purchases or arranges for authorization of the content.”

THE POINT> We are talking about a patented technology that is covering what is now a very hot business model on the web: selling DRM protected data via internet.

IP FABER OPINION> It’s not a problem regarding only a small company: this is, or could turn out to be, a major case of patent infringement. Digital Reg is facing a tough battle against these giants, but in case of success…

(iTunes Plus, photo courtesy of Uninen at Flickr)

26 November, 2007

Fourth Venice Award for Intellectual Property 2007 to Joseph Straus

Filed under: Blogroll, brevetti, dibattito, news, normativa, patent — Tags: — Eva Callegari @ 3:06 pm

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It was necessary to wear plastic boots for assisting to the cerimony for the Fourth Venice Award for IP 2007 in Venice on Friday, 23th November (due to water high tide in San Marco Square), but it was well worth the effort.

In fact, listening to the winner, Professor Joseph Straus – the Director of the Max Plank Institute – was a big pleasure.

His experience and passion for Intellectual Property Rights is tangible, even though his career has been completely dedicated to intangible assets.

The thoughts Professor Straus gave us during the International conference organized by European Patent Office, Italian Patent and Trademark Office and Venice International University on the occasion of the IP Award have been interesting and precious.

His provocative question was the following: “Is there a global patent warming?”.

The WIPO official data reveal an evident trend: 0,8 million patent applications are pending at US Patent Office and 3 Million patent applications are pending worldwide.
Furtermore, the average increment of resident patent filings in the world has increased of 45 %, from 1995 to 2005. The same indicator is 106 % in Republic of Corea and of 834 % in China.
We imagine the risks of such a global patent warming: pretestuous litigations (the so-called “patent trolls“), uncertainty on IP exclusive rights, unstable validity of patents and – in the long term – confusion in the business.

Regarding this issues, Professor Straus made 3 clever suggestions, that should be taken in serious consideration by everyone who operates in this “crazy” IP world and, above all, by IP official entity:

– creating an efficient system for rational merging of patent knowledge;
– improving armonisation among Patent offices in filing phases;
– strictly applying the requirements for patent validity (in particular, the inventive step requirement).

Thanks, Professor Straus, we will do our best to become more IP-environmental friendly in our next future!

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