Space-X patents


Anderson: So what have all your creative people come up with, then? What’s different in your basic technology versus 50 years ago? Musk: I can’t tell you much. We have essentially no patents in SpaceX. Our primary long-term competition is in China—if we published patents, it would be farcical, because…

The Horrors of Software Patents


US Patent Number  4701722 A is a perfect example of everything software patent opponents hate about software patents: It implements  mathematical functions that are pretty well known. It covers a process of changing information not changing any physical object one could touch. It is owned by a company with a…

Paying for music


Streaming services rely on a weird conceit, but it's not a new one. Like record labels, these companies can’t exist—they literally have no product—without musicians. Yet hardly any musicians are pleased with the advent of digital streaming, and understandably so—they were already screwed by greedy record labels back when people…

Samsung’s trial brief in the Apple patent lawsuit


http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1257891/Samsung_unredacted_trial_brief.pdf Contrary to the image it has cultivated in the popular press, Apple has admitted in internal documents that  its strength is not  in developing  new technologies  first, but in  successfully commercializing them.    When Apple was developing its campaign to promote the first iPhone, it considered – and rejected – advertisements that…

Murdoch strikes against copyrights


The witnesses allege a software company NDS, owned by News Corp, cracked the smart card codes of rival company ONdigital. ONdigital, owned by the ITV companies Granada and Carlton, eventually went under amid a welter of counterfeiting by pirates, leaving the immensely lucrative pay-TV field clear for Sky. The allegations,…

Incumbent Capitalism


This is one of my big beefs with the way we think about capitalism in this country: We fundamentally support what I call incumbency capitalism. We don't support innovation capitalism. What's the difference? Every rule around tax credits in the oil industry is set up by, and influenced by, the…

Social Network and Lessig


Two lawsuits provide the frame for The Social Network. One was brought by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, twins at Harvard who thought they had hired Zuckerberg to build for them what Facebook would become. The other was brought by Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s “one friend” and partner, and Facebook’s initial CFO,…