The mystery of the U.S. 287 paperbacks

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a tale fit to chill the heart of a son of librarians: earlier this year, someone was chucking paperback books out his driver side window along a stretch of U.S. 287 in Colorado. They were mostly romance novels. When I read the first story, I figured it was someone with a stock of effectively [...]

Another VAT MOSS casualty: Schlock Mercenary PDFs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

At Gen Con this evening, I got to spectate as Schlock Mercenary webcomic artist Howard Tayler and several other players took part in a playtest/demonstration session of the upcoming Planet Mercenary RPG. This RPG, financed by Kickstarter, lets players run a band of mercenaries adventuring in the [...]

Orphan works copyright law controversy: Don’t panic!

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

It seemed important to lead with those two words, in large, friendly headline letters, based on the breathless “everybody panic!” takes that have been spreading around this matter lately. I’ve seen them popping up in my Facebook friends lists, and otherwise sensible people have been taken [...]

Appeals court upholds Cote’s Apple anti-trust verdict and settlement

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

Only last month, the 2nd Circuit appeals court said that anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich could continue to monitor Apple in a ruling on Apple’s appeal of Judge Cote’s refusal to dismiss him. Today, the same appeals court issued a similar ruling on Cote’s original verdict, which found [...]

Typo settles with Blackberry, stops making phone keyboards

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Don’t mess with Blackberry, even if you’re Ryan Seacrest. That’s the lesson Typo seems to have learned. After a lawsuit and an injunction, the company has reached a settlement with BlackBerry to stop selling its Blackberry-like smartphone Bluetooth thumb keyboards. It can still make keyboards [...]

Apple anti-trust monitor can stay on, appeals court rules

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

My, the squabbles between Apple and the e-book anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich have been going on for a long time, haven’t they? I can’t even keep track of how many shots and volleys have been fired back and forth. The latest news out of the case involves the appeal of Judge Cote’s [...]

Progress, Innovation and Regulation

By Joanna Cabot
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the threats every emerging innovation seems to face this days is…well, it’s being a threat. The status quo can be a comfortable place for those who are within its bubble, and when something comes along to challenge it, there is a trend to try and regulate it away. Whether [...]

Gen Con, other businesses displeased with new Indiana religious freedom law

By Chris Meadows
March 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

As I’ve said before, Gen Con’s reputation as the largest gaming convention in North America eclipses its status as one of the largest writing conventions in North America, offering guidance on all aspects of writing and publishing. On Monday, March 23, Gen Con’s CEO sent a letter (PDF) to [...]

Appeals court judges ask probing questions in Apple e-book anti-trial case

By Chris Meadows
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, the appeals court heard testimony from Apple and the Department of Justice relating to the e-book anti-trust trial appeal. To my surprise, two of the three judges seemed amenable toward Apple’s point of view. They expressed concern over why the publisher collusion was such a bad thing [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of [...]

Judge Cote rules DRM removal for fair use is not copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Apple anti-trust case continues to have some interesting fallout. The EFF today issued a press release concerning Judge Denise Cote last month dismissing some charges in a related case, trumpeting that Cote had ruled that stripping DRM for fair use purposes is legal. I’ve read the 20-page [...]

Apple iPod DRM case heats up, but might still fizzle

By Chris Meadows
December 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

The wheels of justice grind slowly, and sometimes a bit of grit gets stuck in the gears. This seems to be the case with the ten-year-old lawsuit against Apple over the DRM policies it used to enforce on iTunes Music Store music and iPods. Over the last couple of weeks, it’s started moving again, [...]

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