ThreeBallot Patents

On page 14 of his paper on the new ThreeBallot voting method, Ron Rivest says that he is not filing for any patents for this idea and that he is encouraging others who have improvements to do the same. His reason: “Our democracy is too important…”

EU Trade Strategy

The EU Commission has published a new strategy for trade called “Global Europe: Competing in the World”. While still fully committed to the multilateral WTO, the new strategy calls for Free Trade Agreements. These should include rules on enforcement of intellectual property rights as in the 2004 Enforcement Directive (page 12 of the paper). They … [Read more…]

EU Intellectual Property Survey

The Commission has released the results of a survey on intellectual property enforcement outside the European Union. (Link found at IPCentral). The results are in line with previous evaluations. China is the nation responsible for most of the problems, accounting for two thirds of counterfeit goods seized entering the EU. However, the Commission does not … [Read more…]

Secret Laws

The Official Journal of the European Union L271, published on September 30th, 2006, has a rather pointless entry at pages 31 to 32. That is a “Commission Regulation” Number 1488/2006 about aviation security. This “Regulation” is a complete joke. The main point of the “Regulation” is to amend the Annex of “Commission Regulation” 622/2003. However, … [Read more…]

Soccer Patent

Patent inflation finally has reached the world of soccer. Why am I not surprised? Guadamuz points to the latest atrocity the Board of Appeals at the European Patent Office has unleashed on the world. Apparently, in their twisted view it is now an invention to think of passing the ball “to another player (P2) to … [Read more…]

Anti-dumping Regulation

Council Regulation 1472/2006 imposing a definite anti-dumping duty on leather shoes from China and Vietnam has been published in the Official Journal on October 6th. The anti-dumping duty is set at 9.7 percent for the Chinese company “Golden Step” and at 16.5 percent for all other Chinese companies. All Vietnamese companies have to pay an … [Read more…]

ThreeBallot

Schneier points to a new voting protocol by Ron Rivest called “ThreeBallot”. This should be implemented widely as soon as possible. This is the first time I am convinced that any voting technology might actually be more trustworthy than simple paper ballots. Until that happens, as long as any American election can easily be stolen … [Read more…]

Happy Anti-DRM Day

I hope everyone has fun with the “Day Against DRM” declared by “Defective by Design“. While I have some interest in DRM regulation, I don’t agree with the radical rejection of the concept. For example, in a situation where all the DRM does is stopping people from something that would violate copyright, hating DRM makes … [Read more…]

Japanese Protection Term

Bovens reports on a recent demand of Japanese copyright holders’ associations to change the protection term of 50 years to 70 years after death of author. Their reasons: The 50 year minimum term in Article 7 of the Berne Convention was meant to assure protection for two generations after the author. With longer lifespans 70 … [Read more…]

Cheer Up

For the record, I don’t approve of torture, extrajudicial detention, and secret detention facilities. Therefore I am not exactly celebrating the fact that the Torture Party was able to ram their little legislation project through, giving the American president the authority to detain and torture anybody at will. However, there are a couple of bright … [Read more…]