Like that fabulous Nike advert used to say ... football, football, football (cue a fried egg). And I bit of IP. The ECJ has today has confirmed that there is no copyright in Football Dataco's fixture lists because there has been no "intellectual creation" in the process of creating the fixture list. It did not … Continue reading And I’m taking my football home – landmark IP case today
Anonymous and WikiLeaks today have made a bit of a splash in the press around Stratfor. There are some allegations in there that global brands have engaged Stratfor to undertake investigations of pressure/protest groups in the run up to major sporting events. Essential to work through the brand damage of activism, should it occur. Ultimately … Continue reading Hackers, brands and sponsorship
We had a big fuss about PIPA and SOPA. It has gone quiet, but it's still bubbling under, whether through that legislation or another. Clay Shirky has, as ever, some views. Happy watching! Just as an aside, what a great week of meetings I had last week - topics included getting greyhound racing recognised as … Continue reading Sunday night Monday morning TED talk – a little bit of Mr Shirky
So this weird thing keeps happening to me - I meet people on business and we almost always end up talking about how wicked TED talks are. If they are indeed ideas worth spreading, then join the cult! Simon Sinek is absolutely fab and and shows us we cannot do "how" in business without first … Continue reading Sunday night Monday morning TED talk – Simon Sinek on the why?
Tomorrow the EU will announce the most far reaching reforms to data protection law ever (well, you know, other than when data protection was actually born, but that doesn't count). Viviane Reding, a 'let's get stuck in' EU Commissioner, will announce plans to reform data protection laws across Europe and finally remove the many and varied versions … Continue reading MASSIVE day for digital privacy
Thanks to Benjamin Cohen at Channel 4 - if you get past the pictures of cool cars and famous pop stars ... you'll find a little bit of lawyer stuff. About 3 mins into the report. Hurarh! http://tinyurl.com/8x2kkw2
It's easy to take the Internet for granted, but for some time now it has been under pressure. The pressures are long and varied: what is free? Should free mean free? Does free here mean free there? Who determines free? Is free open, is open free? And so on. It boils down to this: is … Continue reading Dark, dark, dark day for the Internet
Much stuff on the newswires this morning about this - essentially that Google keeps the fees on ads which are illegal and pulled. Clearly a big issue for us here in the UK in the run up to the Olympics, because selling tickets after purchase is illegal. See for example this story on ZDNet. Yes, … Continue reading Google keeps fees on illegal ads – so what?
There seems to be a convergence of stuff on digital telly at the moment. (For the quantum physics aspects of convergence of stuff, do ask that lovely chap Professor Cox.) Netflix has launched, Lovefilm is reborn under Amazon ownership, I've got iPlayer on my telly and analogue sets are all for the skip very soon. That's quite apart … Continue reading Are we finally turning the digital telly page?
KPMG (you know, that very large collective of number crunchers ...) have released a report on how technology is transforming the way consumers interface with shopping. Shopping online is not new (hey, even the E-Commerce Directive is over 10 years old now) but the way it works and who's doing it is constantly evolving. Some snippets … Continue reading UK consumers happy to shop using technology