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The Courts

Submission + - Groklaw Explains the Cyberlaw "Trademark" (groklaw.net)

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "PJ of Groklaw has written in more detail about the lawyer trying to get a servicemark the term cyberlaw. First, she notes that it's only a trademark application at this point. Furthermore, it's a generic term with 300,000+ hits on Google and an entry in some dictionaries and reference sites. In other words, while it's silly for a law firm that should know better to file a trademark application, it shouldn't and probably won't be granted if the law is followed. Still, it's interesting because it shows the difference between trademarks and servicemarks, as well as explaining the law surrounding them. A law which is significantly different than copyright law."
The Internet

Submission + - Share -- It's Fair (arstechnica.com) 4

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "The European Green party has now added file sharing to their plank with the "I wouldn't steal" campaign. Arguing "Share — It's fair", they're directly combating the "You wouldn't steal a car" advertisements the MPAA has been showing before movies and arguing that file sharing is fundamentally different from theft. Even the Pirate Bay is endorsing this now, and people will have a harder time dismissing it when the Green party gets as much as 10% of the vote in countries like Germany, Austria, and Belgium where third parties actually have political relevance."

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