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– January 12, 2020 – Pop culture


This week, Copyright Madness returns to the Sacem seeking to charge fees to bed and breakfasts, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle who want to trade their title of nobility through a trademark and a Copyright Wisdom case to end the week well with the release of 150,000 digitized works. Happy reading and see you next week!

Copyright Madness

B&B. The infamous Sacem gets the year off to a strong start with its entry into Copyright Madness. In the course of a question put by the deputy Sandrine Le Feur addressed to the Minister of Culture, we learn that the society of collection and distribution of rights is carrying out actions with the managers of lodgings and guest houses who broadcast music within their walls via TV, radio, CD players made available to tourists staying at their homes. Even if the primary vocation of these places is not the diffusion of music, the Sacem cannot suffer that music is diffused there without paying royalties. As the hon. member points out, the amount demanded by the Sacem represents a significant cost for small structures, but these purely financial reasons do not interest the Sacem when it is the other way around.

True story. In India, a film has just been released about a drama that is unfortunately very frequent in this country: the story of a woman who survived after having had her face sprayed with acid. The studio was nevertheless sued by the author of a novel who had written a book about the drama suffered by this same woman. The judge hearing the case was obliged to point out the obvious: just because you write a book about a true story does not mean that you can appropriate those facts and prevent anyone else from telling it. If we go that way, the first person to write a book on the Kennedy assassination could have become a mega-millionaire…

Une scène de rue à New Delhi. // Source : Piotr Halka

A street scene in New Delhi // Source: Piotr Halka

Mechanics. Tractor manufacturer John Deere has a good reputation among American farmers. The robustness of its agricultural vehicles made the brand famous until it gave way to digital lock sirens. Indeed, for several years, the manufacturer has implemented DRMs on its machines that prevent you from being able to repair breakdowns yourself. This forces customers to go through an authorized dealer. Because of this inability to repair a good old tractor, there is a phenomenon of overbidding on the second-hand market. Farmers are looking to buy back tractors from the 1970s or 1980s because they are guaranteed to be able to tinker with their vehicle if it breaks down. The madness of DRM is eating away at the entire economy…

Un engin John Deere dans un champ. // Source : Tomáš Kupeček

A John Deere machine in a field // Source: Tomáš Kupeček

Trademark Madness

Golden retreat. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle hit the headlines this week with a surprise announcement that they are relinquishing the privileges of belonging to the Royal Family of England. They wish to return to normal civilian life. This includes ending the collection of fees paid by the British Crown to become financially independent. And what’s their idea of how to make a living now? Well, the couple has decided to register a trademark on Sussex Royal, which they will use for different things, such as selling clothing, printed items, charities, etc. Harry was Duke of Sussex and if he has decided to cut his ties with the royal family, he obviously still intends to take advantage of the notoriety of his title…

Le prince Harry, le jour de son mariage. // Source : Farrukh

Prince Harry on his wedding day. // Source: Farrukh

Patent Madness

Surveillance. The end of 2019 was marked by Article 57 of the 2020 finance bill, which authorizes Bercy to massively monitor social networks to detect fraudsters. It would seem that this project is being emulated, as the company AirBnB has filed an absolutely Orwellian patent: it consists of tracking Internet users to identify potential psychopaths and prevent them from making a reservation of a property to avoid the risk of seeing it ransacked. To build a profile, AirBnB plans to develop an artificial intelligence that will analyze a person’s social networks as well as email address, phone number geolocation, educational and work history, driver’s license, Bank Account information, IP address. The abuses that this type of device can produce are immense and represent an appalling invasion of privacy.

Il ne s’agit que d’un brevet pour l’instant. // Source : Flickr

This is only a patent for the moment. // Source: Flickr

I robot. The European Patent Office has taken a decision that may well prove to be historic. The organization decided to refuse to grant patents to protect two inventions presented to it as having been discovered by artificial intelligence. A program called DABUS would have developed these innovations without human intervention. However, the Office considered this claim of ownership to be unfounded, since inventions must be of human, not machine, origin. One can imagine that if the opposite decision had been taken, it would have opened the door to masses of patent applications for inventions developed by programs running H24, just to pile up Intellectual Property And in a completely dystopian future, it will also be artificial intelligences that will validate the patents registered by other artificial intelligences…

Pour l’heure, seuls des humains peuvent obtenir des brevets sur des inventions. Mais demain, l’IA pourra-t-elle aussi protéger ses idées ? // Source : Nick Youngson

At the moment, only humans can obtain patents on inventions. But will AI be able to protect its ideas tomorrow too? // Source: Nick Youngson

Copyright Wisdom

City of light. Christmas is over, but the City of Paris has decided to start the year by giving us a very nice gift. The municipality has opened a new website where it will disseminate nearly 150,000 digitized works from museums in the city of Paris. And all these images are released and placed under the CC0 license, the most permissive of the Creative Commons licenses, which allows you to do absolutely whatever you want with them. Such a release from the public domain is still very rare in France, unlike many Anglo-Saxon museums. We are now waiting for Le Louvre, Orsay or other national museums to make the same decision .

La Ville de Paris embrasse le domaine public. // Source : 12019

The City of Paris embraces the public domain // Source: 12019

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