Sunday, February 13, 2011

[Yasmin_discussions] next step publishing


for our next step publishing discussion I would be
interested in any one's ideas of really innovative
ways of thinking of intellectual property and how
artists and scientists make a living in the world
of next step publishing

in oral cultures you dont buy the song you pay the

maybe nano-euros can be attached to everything
you do and your refrigerator sends out for the food
you like once you have pleased enough people with
your singing- convert u-tube hits to carrots

more seriously= i append an email from michael naimark
one of the pioneers in art and technology, who has worked
in both universities and start up companies= when he was at
Interval research he authored a patent= Interval never
commercialised the patents, but are now trying to sue others
for trademark infringement

he points out that the costs of defending patents is probably
now larger than the budget of all our ministries of culture

what is next step intellectual property and how do artists
and scientists make a living from singing ?


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Naimark <>
Date: Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM
Subject: interval lawsuit
To: Roger Malina <>


"It could be hugely significant if all parties commit to something
good for the creative community as an outcome."



PS – Here's of several similar items from last week, FYI:

Lead Inventor on Patent in Interval Research Case Speaks Out
By Victoria Slind-Flor, Bloomberg News, 2/1/11

The lead inventor on one of the patents that a company controlled by
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen is asserting against major
technology companies questioned the lawsuit on his blog.

Michael Naimark joined Allen's Interval Research Corp. in 1992. He's
now a research associate professor at the University of Southern
California's Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic

He's the first named inventor on patent 6,757,682, which he said in
his blog post came from an Interval project and was about "exploring
how to find live events as they happen."

That patent is one of four that Interval Licensing has accused Apple
Inc., eBay Inc., Google Inc., Netflix Inc. and other technology
companies of infringing. That suit was filed in federal court in
Seattle in August 2010.

On his blog, Naimark said that while he has "a contractual
obligation, as a former Interval employee," to defend intellectual
property to which I contributed," he is concerned about the patent

"It's a perplexing thought that the money at risk in this lawsuit
will likely exceed the annual budget of the National Endowment for
the Arts, possible several times over," he wrote.

The case is Interval Licensing v. AOL Inc., 2:10-cv-01385- MJP, U.S.
District Court, Western District of Washington (Seattle).


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