Archive | September, 2010

Why the FBI Warnings on DVDs?

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Do those FBI anti-piracy warnings on movies bug you? David Pogue recently wrote about the frustration of consumers with those FBI warnings that run as you are about to watch a movie on DVD, Blue Ray, et al. According to this copyright office circular, it’s probably not legally mandatory for new works. While copyright notices…
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Blockbust: Credits Roll as Video-Rental Giant Files for Bankruptcy

Video rental company Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this Thursday, September 23, citing unsustainable levels of debt (nearly $1 billion,) increased market competition, the emergence of new distribution channels, and an economic climate where consumer sensitivity to changes in pricing and convenience has increased. It’s been a long time coming. Over the last few…
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Episode 4.5: A Conversation with Steve Nielsen

In our 4th episode, we interviewed Steve Nielsen, a Marin-based patent lawyer and contributor to the Rocket Lawyer Patent Center. Listen to the full conversation to find out how to become immortal and/or a troll. 00:00 Introductions 00:56 What is a patent? 01:43 What is a provisional patent? 03:05 How do you keep an invention…
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Episode 4: Beware the Patent Trolls

Alright, this episode is pretty lengthy, thanks to our new patent-pending formula for stuffing podcasts with twice as much information! Well, maybe not quite patent-pending. But you’ll still learn a lot about patents, and the magical, troll-inhabited realm of IP law. 00:00 Intro to this week’s podcast with Charley, Juli and special guest Dan Nye,…
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