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First off today, despite a series of setbacks over the past year, officials are saying that they will have the final draft of the ACTA treaty this month and that the process will be complete. This comes amid rumors that the U.S. has backed down from some of the more controversial aspects of the treaty, including possible liability for ISPs and DRM enforcement, and just after some parties, including the EU, had threatened to walk out. The most recent round of negotiations concluded in late August and the next and (theoretically) final round will start later this one.
Next up, in my home town of New Orleans, a convention of bartenders discussed the possibility of obtaining intellectual property protection for their drink recipes. Though trademark protection can exist over the names, the actual recipes themselves are not as mere lists can not be copyrighted. Many bartenders have expressed dismay at how others in the field have copied their signature recipes, often selling them to liquor companies under new names for promotional purposes.
Finally today, in USA Networks’ new dramatic series Covert Affairs, the villain of the story, a hacker who had managed to shut down most of Washington D.C., was given an interesting background. Not only was the ex-girlfriend of the series’ protagonist, but also was a member of Piratbyrån, the group behind the founding of The Pirate Bay. According to the series, this made her an “anarchist”. Piratbyrån, for their part, seems to be going along with the joke saying that “It is of course always bad for our credibility when information appears to leak.”
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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