segunda-feira, dezembro 01, 2008


"Each person has a different breaking point. For one of my students it was United States Patent number 6,004,596 for a “Sealed Crustless Sandwich.” In the curiously mangled form of English that patent lawproduces, it was described this way:
A sealed crustless sandwich for providing a convenient sandwich without an outer crust which can be stored for long periods of time without a central filling from leaking outwardly. The sandwich includes a lower bread portion, an upper bread portion, an upper filling and a lower filling between the lower and upper bread portions, a center filling sealed between the upper and lower fillings, and a crimped edge along an outerperimeter of the bread portions for sealing the fillings there between. The upper and lower fillings are preferably comprised of peanut butter and the center filling is comprised of at least jelly. The center filling is prevented from radiating outwardly into and through the bread portions from the surrounding peanut butter.1
“But why does this upset you?” I asked; “you’ve seen much worse than this.” And he had. There are patents on human genes, on auctions, on algorithms.2 The U.S. Olympic Committee has an expansive right akin to a trademark over the word “Olympic” and will not permit gay activists to hold a “Gay Olympic Games.” The Supreme Court sees no First Amendment problem with this.3 Margaret Mitchell’s estate famously tried to use copyright to prevent Gone With the Wind from being told from a slave’s point of view.4 The copyright over the words you are now reading will not expire until seventy years after my death; the men die young in my family, but still you will allow me to hope that this might put it close to the year 2100.

Um pequeno excerto do prefácio do livro "The Public Domain" de James Boyle. Apesar de estar sob uma licença "copyright" é também disponibilizado sob uma licença livre "Creative Commons" e pode ser descarregado aqui.
Quem quiser contribuir também o pode fazer.

"Copyright © 2008 by James Boyle. All rights reserved.
The author has made an online version of this work available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. It can be accessed through the author’s website at"

Aconselho vivamente a leitura deste livro.

Mais uma sugestão para acabar de vez com o download ilegal.

3 comentários:

Bruno Miguel disse...

E viva o download ilegal! Viva!! ahahahahah

Creative Commons e GFDL FWT! ;)

Cafonso disse...

No país em que se pôde patentear a roda, o exemplo até parece merecer ser patenteado. Ah, ah, ah...

Cafonso disse...

Esse advogado tem sentido de humor. Há uma pletora de vídeos disponíveis com palestras dele.

7 maneiras de espatifar uma revolução tecnológica foi uma conferência dada por ele no Google