Intellectual Property

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Sky Appears to Be Falling on Higher Education Copyright Policies
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 by Travis Burchart

I'm designating myself the Chicken Little of academic copyrights. Last week, I wrote about the lecture note monkeyshines at UC Berkley , where students are restricted from note sharing because of instructor copyrights. This week, I look up and... Read More

Is UC Berkeley’s Lecture Note Restriction an Attempt at Copyright Monkeyshines?
Posted on 17 Feb 2012 by Travis Burchart

Ever heard of the infinite monkey theorem? Basically, if a monkey randomly hits a typewriter's keys for an infinite time, it is theorized that the monkey will produce the works of Shakespeare or other great authors. In the Simpson , the character... Read More

Patents vs. 18th Century Satire: Which Will Do More to Protect Copyrights at the University Level?
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Travis Burchart

In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal , in which he suggested that the impoverished Irish would benefit from selling their children as food to the rich. As Swift wrote: I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in... Read More

University of Texas’ “Hook 'em Horns” to Do Trademark Battle with Heavy Metal’s “Sign of the Horns”
Posted on 29 Jan 2013 by Travis Burchart

We love our college football, and we love our heavy metal, but the two can't coexist according to the University of Texas (UT) - at least in terms of hand signals. The University of Texas has sued Michael Weir d/b/a Horns Inc., accusing the... Read More

Is UC Berkeley’s Lecture Note Restriction an Attempt at Copyright Monkeyshines?
Posted on 17 Feb 2012 by Travis Burchart

Ever heard of the infinite monkey theorem? Basically, if a monkey randomly hits a typewriter's keys for an infinite time, it is theorized that the monkey will produce the works of Shakespeare or other great authors. In the Simpson , the character... Read More

Sky Appears to Be Falling on Higher Education Copyright Policies
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 by Travis Burchart

I'm designating myself the Chicken Little of academic copyrights. Last week, I wrote about the lecture note monkeyshines at UC Berkley , where students are restricted from note sharing because of instructor copyrights. This week, I look up and see... Read More

Patents vs. 18th Century Satire: Which Will Do More to Protect Copyrights at the University Level?
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Travis Burchart

In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal , in which he suggested that the impoverished Irish would benefit from selling their children as food to the rich. As Swift wrote: I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London... Read More