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Monthly Archives: November 2013

GoldieBlox Sues Beastie Boys for Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement

Earlier this week, a new product out on Kickstarter called GoldieBlox – a toy aimed at engaging young girls in engineering – made a pretty brilliant music video as an advertisement. The video features a parody of the song “Girls” by the Beastie Boys: As reported by TechDirt: The whole point is to mock the […]

Artist Suing Jay-z Over Sample – I Hope it Goes to Trial

The long-short of it is that some artist is suing Jay-z over a sample included in Blueprint III. The details are almost irrelevant, because I cannot fathom how this falls outside of the scope of fair use. From what I’ve seen, and correct me if I’m wrong, the only reason people get away with suing in nonsense […]

3D Printing ‘Encryption’ to Hide Contraband Objects Seems Really Overhyped

Tl;dr Yesterday, on Forbes.com, this article ran about using ‘encryption’ to hide contraband objects in 3D printer blueprints. I think this claim is designed to incite moral panic, and is also an incorrect one. Centrally, distribution channels for contraband already exist online, and this so-called ‘encryption’ will add no value to that ecosystem. The central claim […]

Third Party IP Infringement Liability & You: What You, as a Contract Developer, Should Know

A while back I had a post on Contract Drafting for Software Development Agreements. Today’s post is a followup, specifically about the issue of Third Party IP Infringement Liability. If you are someone who offers engineering or design services on a contractor basis, or work for a firm that does, there will almost certainly be […]