Recognize Creative Commons in Community Law?

An opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee published yesterday in the Official Journal calls for “introduction into Community law of adequate recognition and protection of licenses such as the LGPL (Lesser General Public License for technical documentation) or the Creative Commons license with regard to books and artistic creation.” I share the view … [Read more…]

Busy Day for the Official Journal

There have been 24 editions of the Official Journal published today (December 30, 2006), one for every hour. This is probably a new record for a single day. Interesting highlights: Regulation 1922/2006 on establishing a European Institute for Gender Equality, which will have its seat in Vilnius. Decision 1926/2006 establishing a Community programme in the … [Read more…]


Dave Winer points to a project of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to do search with Wiki technology. The project is called Wikiasari. Dave Winer notes also that Google has no incentive to make search better. The longer people need to find relevant pages, the more ads Google can serve them. I am not sure if … [Read more…]

Patents Stop Drug Innovation

Says a new report of the American General Accounting Office. Politicians have already reacted. One Senator called it “troubling” that profits come at the expense of consumer in the form of higher prices and fewer new drugs”. I am not sure if this is true in all cases. It might be true that too many … [Read more…]

Zero Tariff for Green Goods

EU trade commissioner Mandelson proposed that in a new speech. He also wants this to be part of any bilateral trade agreements the EU concludes in the framework of the new trade strategy. This is a good idea. In contrast, Mandelson spoke against introducing special tariffs against countries that don’t participate in the Kyoto process. … [Read more…]

Mathematics Store

That is one interesting concept in a recent speech by Eben Moglen. This speech is also interesting when looking at enforcement of the GPL. Moglen has been in charge of it. And he gives some insights into the process well worth noting.

Another Unpublished Regulation

Commission Regulation 1862/2006 has been “published” in the latest Official Journal. It is another measure on aviation security, concerned with walk-through metal detection equipment. Again, the operational part of that Regulation is kept secret. In contrast to the case I discussed earlier under the title “extra-stupid secret law” this is only without merit, not completely … [Read more…]

Hey, Google, Where is Your Mandate?

The EU Commission has published a “Recommendation on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation” on August 24, and the Council has endorsed it in “Council Conclusions” published today in the Official Journal. Number 11 of the Recommendation recommends that Member States: “make provision in their legislation for the preservation of … [Read more…]