Copyright and Innovation: Hanging on to the Past

by Lee Gesmer on July 20, 2012

Copyright and Innovation: Hanging on to the Past

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

Hunter S. Thompson


As the battle between online music companies and copyright owners has raged in the courts during the last decade many of us have wondered what was going on behind the scenes.  How did the record companies and publishers assess the threat of digital music to their industry?  Why did they react as they did? What effect did their decisions have on innovation and investment in online music companies?

Professor Michael Carrier, Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law in Camden, has tried to answer some of these questions by conducting  interviews with a range of influential people in the music industry — people who witnessed these events and decisions as they unfolded.  He presents his results in a cutting edge law review article published on SSRN in early July: Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story.  … Read the full article

If a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words ….

by Lee Gesmer on March 28, 2009

If you’re a lawyer with a case involving the complex interaction of physical objects (say a plane crash), nothing can compare to a video animation that faithfully recreates the event. Your expert can show it to the judge or jury, and vouch for its accuracy. Of course, it’s expensive to create one of these videos, but with Moore’s Law and better graphics software, it’s getting easier and easier.

And if you’re one of the many firms that creates these videos for lawyers, what better way to strut your stuff than to recreate the landing of US Air Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, with the actual pilot-controller audio overlaid? This is what Scene Systems, a forensic animation company, has done to show its skill. The two minute animation is here, with the recording of Sully and the controller synchronized to the action:
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The Intellectual Propery Colloquium Podcast

by Lee Gesmer on January 19, 2009

The Intellectual Property Colloquium is a very well produced podcast with “A List” judges and academics. The one hour shows are audio (which is the definition of a podcast), and can be subscribed to in iTunes. The current topic is A Conversation with Chief Judge Paul R. Michel. Judge Michel is the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Other topics include discussions on copyright, privacy and other IP issues.

If you’re a lawyer and you haven’t mastered accessing podcasts, podcasts like this are a message that it’s time you do so. And, it’s much better to listen to this than “Imus in the Morning” while you’re commuting.… Read the full article

When It Comes to the "New Economy," We’re First

by Lee Gesmer on November 21, 2008

When It Comes to the "New Economy," We're First

The New Economy – it takes full advantage of the Digital Revolution. It’s open to innovation, not just in IT but in robotics, clean energy, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. It supports a low-cost, low-carbon energy system. It takes advantage of opportunities offered by globalization. It accommodates regional growth in a balanced manner.

And yes, as was true in 1999, 2002 and 2007, in 2008, once again, Massachusetts ranks first, by a significant margin. The full report — The 2008 State New Economy Index, from the non-profit The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation — leaves no question about this. The states at the top of this index are “leading the United States’ transformation into a global, entrepreneurial and knowledge- and innovation-based New Economy.” And yes, let me repeat lest your attention has wandered, we are first, first, first. (n.b.: Washington is second, and Mississippi last).… Read the full article