Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Windows 7 - Snipping Tool

Just had a look at the Windows 7 snipping tool via a first review on the BBC website. Looks like a really nice tool to snip a section of a website. Simply select the text and images you want to snip (similar to cropping in picture editors) and your selection is displayed in a separate window to do with as you want. Whilst this is a nice to have tool my view is that this is likely to increase copyright infringement.

Whilst individuals who use the material 'snipped' or copied may be able to rely on a personal use exemption other businesses users may not. An employee may snip a useful article and distribute a modified version within their company. This is likely to
amount to copyright infringement if there is no consent.

Whilst there is nothing currently to stop users from copying the text and images from websites and using it elsewhere the ease of the snipping tool may start a proliferation.

My other thought is: will this affect the image tracking software of the large image banks such as Getty and Corbis. ie Will the snip format prevent them from tracking use of their images?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What are the best ways to prove you came up with the next best idea?

Traditionally sending a letter to yourself was the best, if not the only, way to demonstrate that you created a copyright work first.

Now there is a new service being offered at which does the same thing but electronically.

But does this assist? My view is that this will be a great help in the U.S where they operate a first to invent system of patent registration. In the UK we operate a first to file policy so for new inventions this does not assist other than to prove the defence of concurrent invention.

This system may help a bit with copyright infringement cases where you are trying to demonstrate that the idea was original at a given point in time. However, it doesn't stop copying but may act as a deterrent to would be infringers.

If there was such a system which helped a person prove that information was imparted in an air of confidentiality this may be very useful given the amount of time that is put into non-disclosure agreements.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Intellectual Property & Technology Law: #LikeMinds Event

Intellectual Property & Technology Law: #LikeMinds Event

#LikeMinds Event

I spent Friday afternoon at the first ever LikeMinds event which was set up to discuss return on investment from use of social media.

Follow the conversation on twitter #LikeMinds

A lively event with a mixture of presentations and panel interaction. An engaged audience asked numerous difficult questions of the panel who were being streamed live.

The event was attended by circa 200 people and circa 600 watched online. The only marketing for the event was via social media!!

For me it shows what the power of social media can be if applied correctly and in the right context. Whether it will be ubiquitous in all business sectors such as the notoriously stuffy and private legal industry remains to be seen.

My view is the more transparent the better.

For me Twitter is (at the moment) far more applicable to owner managed businesses who are engaged at the coal face rather than for individual employees with a hierarchical structure.

Controlling the voice of your company can be fraught with danger and one of the morals from Like Minds was to choose your social media champions with care.