140.000.000 Creative Commons Link-Backs

Lessig writes another series of letters for the annual Creative Commons fundraiser. In his first letter, he notes that Creative Commons is now at over 140 million link-backs. That is a lot of pages. The Google index size is now said to be 25 billion. That would mean that about half a percent of Internet … [Read more…]

Iraq Declared War on America

said Bush. And yes, Iraq was attacking America, in his words. There has been no declaration of war. The war was undeclared as well as illegal. And Iraq has most certainly not been the aggressor in this case.

Hague Conference on Private International Law

The Council Decision 2006/719/EC of October 5th published in the latest Official Journal applies for EU membership at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The EU has already adopted several instruments in the area of private international law, which are listed in the Decision. This means that the competence for legislation is moving to … [Read more…]

Tax Law Patents

Floyd Norris writes in the International Herald Tribune about patents covering tax reduction strategies. There seem to be already over 50 of them. This basically tells tax lawyers that they can’t do their job without spending half of their time researching patent databases and half of their income paying off some patent holders. Under the … [Read more…]

FBI for Data Retention

FBI head Robert Mueller has joined Attorney General Gonzales in calling for introducing an American version of the Surveillance Directive. Of course they are right. With torture and extrajudicial infinite detention legalized, it makes no sense to keep any limits on the surveillance powers of the government. Go ahead and watch all citizens around the … [Read more…]

Extra-Stupid Secret Law

Now there is another secret Regulation “published” in the Official Journal. Commission Regulation 1546/2006 at L 286/6. Again, like in the case I blogged here, we have an air traffic security measure that can’t be disclosed to the public. Therefore, the Annex to the Regulation (which contains the only actual new rules) is kept secret, … [Read more…]

New Council Rules of Procedure

of September 15th 2006 published in the latest Official Journal (L285/47 of October 16th). The main point seems to be giving more public access to deliberations, with a view to increasing the confidence of citizens in the European Union. This shows that Council has found someone with the ability of writing since I last called … [Read more…]

Airline Black List

Regulation 1543/2006 of October 12th 2006 updates the black list of airlines that are not allowed to fly in the EU for lacking safety standards. This one comes with a completely published Annex, showing that not all legislation on aviation safety is secret, in contrast to this case I blogged last week.

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…”