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Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Words

Kindaian Derivative work... (323 comments)

By changing the work, as it's in an intended form (as they make sure the change happens on purpose), so they are really creating a derivative work.

That is not a typo... it's a intended change on purpose.

Did they have the author authorization for doing such and at the same time imply that the author doesn't know how to write???

I hardly believe that...

more than 5 years ago

UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User

Kindaian Re:The law is on London's side (526 comments)

You are confusing author rights with copy right...

Author right means that the photographer has the right to be recognized as the author of the work.

In most countries, this is transferable (for instance, in Germany it isn't).

Copy rights on the other hand cover the "right to make copies and distribute them".

[be it direct rights or derivative rights, laws are way different from country to country, even if most have signed international conventions, like the Bern]

Copy has no relation whatsoever with commercial or sales... which is another contention point.

For a copyright to be ascertain over a work, there are thresholds to be met... they are fairly low.

BUT a "scan" with a photographic apparatus and with a diffused light does normally fail those thresholds!

The same happens with other kinds of photos...

But the "correct" law related to that, depends again of the country.

The issue is that the "offender" has servers in the us and resides in the us. This means that the law that applies to him is the US law.

As standard practice, it is recommended that you host your stuff in your own countrie to avoid international legal problems...

BUT... IANAL... ;)

more than 5 years ago

UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User

Kindaian Re:Copyright mess (526 comments)

Photos are not always copyrighted.

Tons of examples exist all over the world that state that you need to have "artistic" input for creating a new copyright.

The same happens with videos/cinema... that is why you get the "release film", the "directors cut", the "producers cut"... the "cat's cut"... and so on...

Each of them... refreshing that specific copyright... (note... the "specific"... as the original one isn't refreshed by just such "schemas"). ;)

more than 5 years ago

Cruising Fisherman's Wharf For New Passports' Serial Numbers

Kindaian Mine is inside... (276 comments)

The anti-rfid wallet... ;)

more than 5 years ago

Experimental Fees Settle Royalty War For Internet Radio

Kindaian Re:worksforme (270 comments)

They don't have the right to collect fees from free/public domain music!

more than 5 years ago

Toyota Builds a Patent Thicket For Hybrid Cars

Kindaian Re:The purpose of patents is to prevent progress (307 comments)

The major problem with patents is that they raise the bar for everyone to make a nail...

In the old-times, you only need a anvil, an hammer, and a forge... (and some other tools naturally)...

Now? You need a lawyer... then you can start to think of anything else.

Crazy world...

more than 5 years ago

SSN Required To Buy Palm Pre

Kindaian Re:At least you can then use it (543 comments)

Old phones are good...

Good for your pocket and the environment.

Remember... that before the 3 R... there are 3 more R... that people [r]arelly use:

[R]efurbish, [R]epair and [R]euse... ;)

more than 5 years ago

EU Sues Sweden, Demands ISP Data Retention

Kindaian Re:Why? (315 comments)

If i was a ISP i would be buying an old IBM S40 printer... and contract the production of tons of paper... and all the logs would be directed to the paper...


Want the logs... sure... They are in storehouse n34... somewhere... ;)

more than 5 years ago

Australian Government Backing Down On Censorship

Kindaian It's just a waste of money... (116 comments)

When money is short in far more important areas... like food and education!

I often wonder why we should worry about some kids looking at smut on the net, when everyday they see war and death and violence (and bloody victims) all over in the news AT PRIME TIME!!!

It just makes my mind boggle...

I do think that like terrorism, the "protect the kids" is being used just as an excuse for harder and more restrictive laws all over the world.


more than 5 years ago

Copyright Infringement of Books

Kindaian The issue is as always... (468 comments)


Just make available in a legal and affordable way the books... in digital form... and those that want... will buy them.

Those that don't want to buy them... will not buy them whatever the cost anyway.

Implying that all copies made are lost sales is the biggest lie around... ;)

more than 5 years ago

Go For a Masters, Or Not?

Kindaian Simple question... (834 comments)

Do you have a job now?

No? go for a master... make yourself more educated...

Yes? go for a master... make yourself more educated...

Maybe... There is no maybe...

more than 5 years ago

Dell Sues Tiger Direct For Misleading Customers

Kindaian Warranties expired? (214 comments)

I don't think so... at least, not in EU...

In EU, products have 2 years warrantie if sold to end users (normally this means non-business in the convulced contracts of the suppliers). ;)

more than 5 years ago

Germany Institutes Censorship Infrastructure

Kindaian Block on IP??? (235 comments)

What about... shared ip hostings???


more than 5 years ago

Next-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In China

Kindaian Solar Cells recycling... Was: Re:Units? (426 comments)

Specially because Solar Cells, are melted back to silicon...

Will the nuclear plant will need to be buried in concrete for too many years before even try to recycle it!

Total cost is never computed in nuclear plants because if done so... it would sky-rocket the nice and little budgets of the whole operation.

Still... it's better then coal/petrol (for now) to generate energy...

more than 5 years ago

College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

Kindaian Re:sure it is (1079 comments)

Specially when you buy those on the next shop!!! ;)

more than 5 years ago

When Politicians Tax Violent Video Games

Kindaian The issue isn't the violence... (315 comments)

but the way statistics are used and mangled to imply that video games do promote violent activity.

That they do depict/allow for violent actions is one thing. That a direct relation between "virtual" and "real" action exist is something that so far, I've not seen proved anywhere.

This is really a political agenda only issue...

more than 5 years ago

Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times

Kindaian What else is new? (150 comments)

In Portugal all cars will be tagged... :(

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report

Kindaian Re:Terrorism (779 comments)

And most of them constitue a reputable profession called... Journalism.

more than 5 years ago



Public adjudications scrutinized by Open Source

Kindaian Kindaian writes  |  about 6 years ago

Kindaian writes "So, in your country, the public services can "invite" companies to buy stuff... And did you think that nobody will know that?

FEAR the power of Open Source, because, now, all adjudications are under the radar of everyone!

At least in Portugal.

PT (the original news): http://ultimahora.publico.clix.pt/noticia.aspx?id=1356275&idCanal=12
EN (google translation): http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fultimahora.publico.clix.pt%2Fnoticia.aspx%3Fid%3D1356275%26idCanal%3D12&sl=pt&tl=en&history_state0=

The site: h t t p : / / t r a n s p a r e n c i a — p t . o r g"

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