[CPT-FGC] Re: Hi

  • From: Stephen Scheidel <gieroadsteve@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cpt-fgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:02:17 -0800

That is petty fucked up.

On 14 November 2013 06:26, Ilitirit Sama <ilitirit@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> UltraDavid on the leaked secret copyright treaties:
> --Some countries want more protection for geographical indications, which
> are rights to names based on location (like how sparkling wine is only
> "champagne" if it's from Champagne France). The US seems not to really care
> about this.
> --It provides for a big increase in the kinds of things that can be
> patented in ways that could harm the pace of innovation, consumers, and
> smaller companies. Newly patentable things would include plants, animals,
> biological processes, video game rules, *methods of mental processes*,
> software itself, artwork, books, and more. The US already allows some of
> these, but other countries don't, and nobody allows patents for some of
> them.
> --There's a way to re-patent already known or previously patented stuff as
> long as you claim the stuff has a new use. The US also wants standards for
> granting patents to be relaxed a bit compared to many countries' current
> requirements and patent terms to be made effectively longer by not counting
> long delays between when the patent was first filed and when it was granted
> (which can take years in some cases) toward the total patent term.
> --There are some reasons for a country to not allow a patent to be used
> (aka exploited), like dire health circumstances, but not, as it says,
> "merely because the exploitation is prohibited by their law."
> --Penalties for many kinds of copyright infringement and circumvention of
> technological protections like DRM would be increased. Some of these rules
> would require countries to install penalties like the US currently has,
> while others criminalize and penalize more severely than anyone currently
> does.
> --If the US gets its way, internet service providers will be on the hook
> to some degree for copyright infringement engaged in by their users and
> will be legally incented to work with copyright owners to deter
> infringement. Other countries oppose this.
> http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/1qj6xd/wikileaks_releases_the_secret_negotiated_draft/cddnaqb
> The bolded part is a big WTF (I looked it up - it's legit).  Basically
> someone can patent certain methods of teaching and instruction.  Imagine
> not being able to do long division because your school couldn't afford the
> royalty fees associated with teaching you how to do it.

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