Monday, 31 July 2006

Labor Saving Device

To be patented, an invention must be novel, non-obvious, and useful. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean that someone must be capable (or willing) to use it. In 1965, George and Charlotte Blonsky patented their "Apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal force" — U.S. Patent No. 3,216,423 (750 kb pdf).

The entire patent is worth reading, as is Mark Abrahams' column in The Guardian ("Special Delivery"). The drawings submitted with the application are an education in themselves:

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Monday, 24 July 2006

One Million GOOHF Cards

Randy Cassingham reports that he has sold one million Get Out Of Hell Free cards. If that is TRUE, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

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Saturday, 8 July 2006

Swedish man selling copyright infringement liability insurance

Way back in October 2003, I got in a debate with Ernest Miller about whether liability insurance for copyright infringement for P2P users is a good idea. (See 1, 2.) That debate was interesting enough for the Insurance Journal to cover it ("Individual Copyright Infringement Insurance Prompts a Lawyerly Debate").

According to a C|Net article, a Swedish man recently started selling policies that insure against fines levied under Sweden's new antipiracy law.

Providing insurance to file-sharers is [Magnus] Braath's way of protesting Sweden's restrictions on downloading movie and music files. "I can't agree with this law," said Braath, who is from Uppsala, about 50 miles from Stockholm. "I wanted to make some sort of statement."

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