Archive for the Intellectual Propery Category

Facebook Super-logoff

Posted in Facebook, Intellectual Propery, Privacy, Social Networking, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 15, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

New Facebook privacy tip: ‘Super-logoff’

John D. Sutter
By John D. Sutter, CNN
November 12, 2010 6:30 p.m. EST | Filed under: Social Media

(CNN) — If clamping down the privacy settings on your Facebook page isn’t enough to help you sleep at night, take a cue from the youth of America.

Try the “super-logoff.”

Performing the trick doesn’t take superhuman powers. Instead of just closing a browser window or clicking the “log off” button at the top right of the Facebook homepage, some young, privacy-concerned users are simply deactivating their Facebook accounts each time they leave the site.

Then they reactivate their accounts to log back on.

Why go to all this trouble?

Well, for one, it’s not hard. Facebook makes it notoriously difficult to fully “delete” an account. But “deactivating” an account is easy — it only takes a single click, and deactivated Facebook users maintain all of their friend connections, wall posts, photos and the like. The upside, for the privacy paranoid, is that when a “deactivated” user isn’t on Facebook, no one else can see their profile, post on their wall or tag them in photos.

For privacy-minded people, it’s a soothing alternative. It gives them ultimate control.

Read more at article


No More LimeWire

Posted in Intellectual Propery, Uncategorized, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on October 29, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

LimeWire Told to Shut


NEW YORK—Popular file-sharing website LimeWire has been ordered to permanently shut down six months after a federal judge found it liable for copyright infringement on a “massive scale.”

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Posted in Intellectual Propery, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on September 27, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) (courtesy of Ross Mullen)

The article wants you to go to this website and sign a petition.  That website has a fact sheet.  In trying to find out more about the organization, the website only offers this:

“Aaron Swartz, Executive Director – Aaron Swartz is the founder and executive director of Demand Progress. He previously co-founded the Progressive Change Campaign Committee,, Open Library, Jottit, and He is also on the board of Change Congress and a fellow at the Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification and helped launch Creative Commons. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.”

Are you willing to sign such a petition and give your information to (essentially, as far as we know) Aaron Swartz?

Life is not read-only

Posted in Intellectual Propery, Open Source, Stuff You Should Read/See on September 25, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

A wonderful website recommendation submitted by Turtle:

Life is not read-only.  They say it is piracy.

Downright stealing from other people, that’s what downloading is. You’re taking something for sale and not paying for it. Do you shoplift, or break into houses? Why should you download for free?

Making media is hard work: it cost three million dollars just to remaster, package, and advertise that latest compilation. How will artists make a living? How will real culture keep going?


Maybe you didn’t exactly take something from someone. Maybe you didn’t really discover that stuff on a shelf. Maybe you weren’t going to spend all that money on that “copy-protected” thing anyway.

And these things are sticky.

Music you can’t copy, films you can’t tape, files with restrictions, and collections that vanish when you swap the music player… Some companies even build phones and computers on which they are the ones who decide which programs you may run.
Things worsen when the law is changed to suit these practices: in several countries, it is illegal to circumvent such restrictions


Posted in Intellectual Propery, Stuff You Should Read/See on September 23, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Sesame Street and Fair Use.  As we discuss Fair Use in Digital Intellectual Property, this example seems relevant (and funny).  We’ve said parody has been a part of “fair use” and I’m guessing that the class agrees that Sesame Street should be allowed to use this legally.