A meeting of members of the European Commission and Council of Ministers will today and tomorrow discuss whether the European Union’s intellectual property laws are holding back the region’s competitiveness.
Asking the question is answering it. If thee European Union’s intellectual property laws aren’t holding us back, you’d never even asked the question in the first place.
And that’s where the good news ends:
The Commission has produced a review of the EU’s innovation policy and put it in context with other nations’ and regions’ policies. That review says that intellectual property laws in the EU could better favour business.
That’s the wrong way around. You want innovation? Rewrite the laws so they better favour the consumer – if you’re in the pockets of corporations when you write these laws, there’s not going to be any innovation. If you’d rewritten the laws ten years ago in the manner this report suggests, the mp3 format would have been outlawed.
The Commission has long campaigned for the creation of a single EU patent but has in the past failed to win the support of the European Parliament for the plan.
Of course – the new laws would really have fucked innovation, and Parliament recognized that (after lots of prodding of people in the software business, of course)
“The European patent system is costly and fragmented, discouraging innovation compared to the US and Japan. The difference in patenting costs in comparison to these countries is significant and is not being reduced. It is high time to change this situation,” it said.
Fine. SCRAP most of the laws, and you’ll see patenting costs go down significantly.
I know you guys are relieved that Vista is almost officially dead. But throwing a party for Windows 7? Really? That’s like having a party to celebrate the fact that your hemorrhoid surgery was a success. I mean, yes, you’re glad the painful roid is gone. You look forward to being able to sit down without wincing. But you don’t necessarily invite all your friends over to talk about it.
The even more scary thing is I know Ballmer and his circle of sycophants are up there telling themselves that yes, this Win7 party idea is stupid, and yes, this video is awful, but hey, “at least people are talking about Windows 7, right?”
Yes. You are right.
The Federal Reserve System has disclosed to the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc. that it has gold swap arrangements with foreign banks that it does not want the public to know about.
The disclosure, GATA says, contradicts denials provided by the Fed to GATA in 2001 and suggests that the Fed is indeed very much involved in the surreptitious international central bank manipulation of the gold price particularly and the currency markets generally.
Turns out, though, it’s a lot more fun when you imagine these guys are helping you plan a… slightly different party.