deblau writes "The Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules, which put limits on language and content in broadcast television programming, have been tossed by a federal appellate court. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York called the regulatory agency's indecency regulations "unconstitutionally vague and chilling."" Link to Original Source top
Spanish copyright tax on CDs, DVDs likely unlawful
deblau writes "Spain'(TM)s system of charging makers of blank CDs and DVDs a levy on the products may breach European Union copyright rules if done in an "indiscriminate" manner to all products, regardless of how they will be used, an adviser to the EU'(TM)s highest court said. "A levy in favor of authors, artists and producers may not be applied indiscriminately," to buyers who have clearly acquired the data media for purposes other than copying others'(TM) work, Advocate General Verica Trstenjak of the European Court of Justice said. The Luxembourg-based EU court typically follows the advocate general's advice." Link to Original Source top
Obama to nominate IBM lawyer to head patent office
deblau writes "Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce, for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Kappos is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, for IBM Corporation. Based in Armonk, New York, Mr. Kappos directs IBM's Intellectual Property Law function, providing legal counsel over all facets of protecting and licensing IBM's intellectual property assets and leading IBM's engagement of intellectual property law policy issues. He joined IBM in 1983 as a Development Engineer and has served as an Intellectual Property Law attorney in IBM's Storage Division and Litigation group, as IP Law Counsel in IBM Software Group, as Assistant General Counsel in IBM Asia/Pacific, IBM Corporate Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel prior to his current position." top
deblau writes "In 2006 Thiago Olson joined the extremely sparse ranks of amateurs worldwide who have achieved nuclear fusion with a home apparatus. In other words, he built the business end of a hydrogen bomb in his basement. A bright plasma "star in a jar" demonstrated his success. "The temperature of the plasma is around 200 million degrees," Olson says modestly, "several times hotter than the core of the sun."" top
deblau writes "NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify signatures of individual molecules in their atmospheres. The landmark achievement is a significant step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets and comes years before astronomers had anticipated."