Sunday, February 19, 2006

MJ on IP

The centerfold of Mother Jones magazine always is worth checking out, the one included in the March/April 2006 issue especially. It's devoted entirely to the politics of intellectual properties and contains some intriguing bits of information. A few highlights:

  • Someone evidently owns the rights to "The Internationale," the anthem of global communism.

  • The recording industry has sued about 16,000 people thus far in its campaign to stop file sharing.

  • The latest-greatest in IP are "sensory trademarks"--you know, like the Pillsbury Doughboy's creepy giggle.

  • Companies like now go prospecting for common words and phrases to copyright and trademark. Once they claim the rights, others will have to pay them for royalties.

  • maybe those aren't highlights; they're lowlights. You get the picture. Now go buy the magazine.

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