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Paul Taylor

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2 months ago
low-hanging fruit
You are handed a chance to reshare Otis, you take it.

#funky16corners #otisredding

Funky16Corners wrote the following post 7 hours ago:

#^Happy Birthday Otis Redding

Otis Redding Listen/Download Otis Redding – Good To Me Greetings all Seventy-three years ago today, the greatest soul singer that ever was, Otis Redding, was born in Dawson, Georgia. I have previously recounted in this space the story of how Otis was my gateway into the world of soul almost 40 years ago, and have […]
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recordstoresyd

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3 months ago
Saturday 9th August : #MadRacket & #MBC Present #DayRoll FREE http://t.co/Ia4XM0JBIY



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#GazaDayofRage: Tens of thousands take to streets worldwide in support of Palestinians #WakeUp http://rt.com/news/179224-gaza-march-demonstration-rally/


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The Independence Day Party at New Superclub 'MIIND




BOLLYWOOD CLUB PRESENTS INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY-HOSTED BY RAJ KHANNA.
DJs: DJ SUNIL SPINZ, DJ SABY

Celebrate this Independence Day in style. Break away from the traditional and instead dance away to the latest Bollywood tracks at MIIND - Australia?s most happening nightclub. State-of-the-art sound and lighting, plush interiors, direct view of the dance floor overlooking the action, private VIP table service... there's no better way to celebrate!!! Up the spirit by also wearing clothes inspired from the India and Pakistan flag colours. It?ll definitely add to the mood of the celebration. Are you ready for a very different and memorable Aug 15??? Bookings open now. We can't wait to dance the freedom dance with you!!! So be there!!!

THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY AT NEW SUPERCLUB 'MIIND' FRI 15 AUG

Please Note: This is a Private Party to a large extent; we can't make it completely private since it's a commercial club night. In case you have arrived at this event and do not have a direct invitation entry may not be granted to you. The Hosts Reserve the Right to Deny Entry.

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Miind Nightclub, 169 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, 2010, Aus






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Jon Patterns

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2 months ago
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#SUNDAY #GIFT #Grumpscii (born #grumpy) #paint #japanese #handprint #art by #RootCat #cat #happy #caturday #diaspora #friends #culture #pop #pets
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3 months ago
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@Music on Vinyl #vinyl #music #mondayblues #depechemode


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9 months ago
Iradi
Monday 17th February 2014
Chai Shop, Amsterdam
Iradi,

Emma's b-day party,

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7 days ago
RT @Sandy_Lynn_1991 : Love the Sami/Nicole scenes!! I also loved Sami/Nicole/Sydney yesterday #Days


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luvinglumi

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7 days ago
RT @kyleo71 : ok. This Nicole/Sydney good-bye stuff is really an unexpected & welcomed surprise #DAYS


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kyleo71

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7 days ago
ok. This Nicole/Sydney good-bye stuff is really an unexpected & welcomed surprise #DAYS


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schmooperz

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7 days ago
RT @Prevuze : Next on #DOOL — Sydney: "Do you know Daddy's address in heaven." Sami: "I don't think heaven forwards mail to hell." #DAYS


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RT @kyleo71 : ok. This Nicole/Sydney good-bye stuff is really an unexpected & welcomed surprise #DAYS


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Watch the creepiest 'Simpsons' couch gag everwww.theverge.com
Some Simpsons couch gags are funny, some are cute, and some are imaginative. The latest gag, created by Don Hertzfeldt, is unsettling. It starts with Homer sitting on a strange device that...
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Happy Black Thursday: Do Tumbling Buybacks Signal Another Market Crash? #WakeUp http://www.globalresearch.ca/?p=5409959


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I was in NYC that NYE.... but although I did make it a number of times to 54, I wasn't at that party :-( xxx

Ah yes, the time when Dorothy's daughter was married to The Tin Man's son.

That's a great bit of trivia that I did not know, Murray!

Much obliged, Mr Weiss!

The best of glam times,the first time that I bought Interview Mag changed my life.

I think my magazine was 'Viva'.

Sorry Murray maybe got my mags wrong?

Halston, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli + husband Jack Haley Jnr
with Andy Warhol at a New Year’s Eve party at Studio 54, 1978.
Photo: Robin Platzer.
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Early 70s US 'women's mag' that featured full frontal (plus back and side) photos of 'Loving couples' (M&F). I used to buy it furtively while at uni in Armidale then fantasise over the fellas and their fellas. I was very young.


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Shaking the campus from the US to Palestine #Gaza #Palestine http://mondoweiss.net/?p=137828


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Kazu Kimura

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2 months ago
Un poco video de FrikiParty 29/08/2014
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It is currently Overcast and feels like 56.5 F (13.6 C) in Jefferson City, MO. The humidity is 97% and the wind is From the NE at 7.3 MPH.
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Jeff Nme

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4 weeks ago
Photos of 2000 ADThis is the #DayofDredd! Be a part of it - sign the petition at www.2000adonline.com/dreddsequel, buy the movie, spread the word!


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Uncertain future for childcare in Marrickville

By Emily Contador-Kelsall

Marrickville council is fighting funding cuts to Family Day Care FDC in a bid to safeguard the future of childcare in Marrickville.? Read more



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Monday miscellany
In case you're wondering where they are ...
Getting out from under the shadow? As noted in a Petosevic Newsletter last week, three Eastern European countries -- Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova -- have signed EU Association Agreements. These agreements, which only come into effect after ratified by all 28 EU Member States, are viewed as a move to accelerate their political and economic integration into the EU and to shift themselves out from beneath the dark and chilling shadow of Russian dominance over its former Soviet vassals. Under the terms of the Association Agreement Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will enjoy free trade with the EU, whose officials claim that this step will not affect their economic relations with Russia. The Association Agreement imposes obligations on the three countries too: thus Ukraine will have to organise a scheme for the publication of trade mark applications and to increase from three to five years the period after which non-use of a trade mark with jeopardise its registration. The protection of designs having an individual character, geographical indications (subject to transitional periods in respect of problematic names and brands) and implementation of the E-Commerce Directive 2000/31 must also be achieved, along with the provision of patent extensions for pharma and plant protection products.

Well done! The Research Service of the European Union's Parliament, having done some digging around, has now published its Briefing, "Adapting the EU copyright rules to the digital transformation". This document may not be the most exciting read in the world, but it contains a very handy list of contemporary literature on the subject. This Kat is delighted to tell readers that fellow Kat Eleonora's masterly article, "Copyright in the EU: in search of (in)flexibilties", published earlier this year in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, at 2014, 9(7), 585-598, has been included. Well done, Eleonora!

"Once upon a time there was an economicallysignificant intellectual property right ..."
What's the Story, Observatory? A recent trawl of SSRN for random curios and object d'art that might have ended up there led this Kat to "Great Data, Nice Tale, But What's the Message? The OHIM/EPO Study on the Economic Relevance of IP Intensive Industries in the EU", a paper by Katfriend and legal scholar Annette Kur (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition) together with her colleague, respected even by IP folk who are a bit iffy about economists economist Dietmar Harhoff. This article reviews the Report produced by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Patent Office (EPO) under the aegis of the OHIM Observatory, which discusses the economic performance of IP-intensive industries here: Annette and Dietmar argue that
"the eagerness with which the Report is instrumentalized for political purposes ignores the fact that, as the economists performing the study themselves have emphasized, their findings do not provide evidence regarding the causal relationship between IP and the economic data. Instead of serving a better understanding of the economics of IP, such politically tainted over-interpretations might actually discredit the analytical results and the advances in setting up a comprehensive database of IPR utilization at the firm level".
Thanks, Annette and Dietmar: your observations are duly noted. Merpel wonders if we might hear a word or two from her friends in OHIM in responsethere's little likelihood of a response from the EPO, Merpel notes, since that organisation is non-transparent, non-responsive and apparently de facto answerable to no-one: see my earlier blogpost on Eponia, here.

Around the weblogs. The IP Finance blogpreviews a fascinating seminaron the Patent Box on 9 September, which offers a generous 20% registration to IPKat readers. SOLO IP carriesPart III of the sagaof this blogger's nomination for inclusion in a directory of trade mark practitioners, notwithstanding the fact that he doesn't practise and has no qualification to do so at all. The jiplp weblog carries aneat pieceby IP practitioner and scholar Nikos Prentoulis on the issue of proportionality as it affects applications for provisional injunctive relief in Greece, in the recent HARD ROCK litigation. Finally, "Should a person go to prison for stealing virtual goods?" asks the TechnoLlama, in an amusing post which reveals the fact that British MP and IP government advisor Mike Weatherley is a World of Warcraft player.

Obscure? Never -- but cheap at any price."Dozens of employees working for an obscure federal agency went years with little work to do, allowing them to collect salaries and bonuses while they shopped online, caught up on chores, watched television or walked the dog, an investigation revealed Tuesday. The probe by the Commerce Department€™s inspector general found that paralegals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office€™s appeals board were paid more than $5 million for their time even though there was so little work for them to do that supervisors didn€™t care how they used it". These are the gripping words that open this Washington Times piece, drawn to this Kat's attention by the noble and multiple-katpatted Chris Torrero. "The underworked paralegals and supervisors concealed non-work activities by recording hours under the pay code as €œother time€", the article later states. Hmm, not much inventiveness there, sniffs Merpel.


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DJ LOKASH in Tampa, FL on 28 Jul 2013
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Friendship Day: Artwork Sure to Make Your BFF Smile
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DJ LOKASH in Tampa, FL on 28 Jul 2013
?so as it turned out, there is a weekly party called Ol? Dirty Sundays at the same venue that Can Ox performed at? download audio after the jump? Live at Ol? Dirty Sundays ? 28 Jul 2013 or Big up Rich Medina for being gracious enough to share the set. Special thanks to LeSage & ?

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Wednesday whimsies
It seems that this blog is not the sole userof the term Katpat: see KatPatArt, here
What precisely is a katpat? Recent comments posted by readers of this weblog have speculated as to what precisely is a katpat. Is it like a cowpat, perhaps, only smaller? No. It's an accolade which the IPKat and Merpel accord to readers who supply them with interesting information, ideas and inspiration so that they can populate this weblog with a good supply of legal cases, stories, leads and so on. Many recipients of katpats ("katpatees", we suppose) cannot be named for professional or legal reasons -- or simply because we have no idea of their identity. Others are happy to be named and one, Chris Torrero, has performed wonderful service for this weblog over the years. One of the important things to bear in mind when seeking your katpat is that we often receive the same piece of information several times over and can't katpat everyone when that happens -- don't despair if we can't use your information or develop a story from your link. And once again, a huge thanks to all of you who furnish us with the material that we can turn into Katposts.

Thank you!After the IPKat made his plea for people posting comments to do so in a manner that was not abusive of the bloggers or of other readers who have posted comments, we are pleased to see that the general standard of comments posted has risen: there is more engagement in serious IP debate and less slinging of unsavoury mud by people who choose shoot their generally unpleasant and irrelevant barbs while wearing the cowardly garb of anonymity (though some still occasionally slips through). There is still a reader or two who hasn't quite got the hang of this, and this blog is even now occasionally treated to snide comments and assertions that it is suppressing freedom of speech and controlling debatethat's what the whole point of a moderated weblog is, notes Merpel. But that's their misfortune. If anyone wants to participate in debate over items posted on this blog, all he or she has to do -- whether anonymously or not -- is address the points of debate and leave out the spiteful stuff; if they want to be gratuitously spiteful and unpleasant, they need only to set up their own weblog in order to do so.



Copyright trollism?
Elementary my dear Watson
Around the weblogs. Afro-IP continues to get busier and more colourful as the summer progresses: here Caroline NCube's Tuesday Tidbits offer some thoughts on copyright reform and fashion design in South Africa. SOLO IP has some recent posts that may give rise to a little thought. One looks at the prospect of small IP practices competing with supervised students for the same potential clientele; a second considers the depersonification of communications with examiners at the European Patent Office and a third provides what he hopes will be the final episode of this blogger's brush with a trade mark practitioners' directory. Over in the United States, the Scrivener's Error is brief and powerfully to the point with a summary of a shameful saga of copyright trollism involving no less a literary portfolio than the oeuvre of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle.

Rush hour, Vanuatu ...
Pacific paradise for trade marks. "Island time: Pacific Island trade marks get their day in the sun" is a cheery feature from New Zealand-base law practice Simpson Grierson. It points out that popular holiday destinations like Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa are some of that country's closest neighbours 'close' being a very relative term if you live in New Zealand, which is somewhere off the other side of the map for many readers, New Zealand businesses have traditionally been reluctant to pursue trade mark protection there. This item records that, surprisingly, these idyllic islands tend to be the Kiwis' sixth or seventh largest export market in any given year. After reviewing the state of trade mark law in the middle of the Pacific, this piece concludes: "The Pacific Islands are on the rise, both in terms of a key trade market and trade mark prosecution sophistication. If your business is considering expanding into the Pacific, or already has a Pacific presence, now is a good time to review your current trade mark protection as it is not as daunting a task as it used to be" Merpel is thrilled to hear that the Pacific Islands are on the rise and hopes that this state of affairs will continue, since it's not so long ago that she read that they were sinking thanks to climate change ....

Singapore's Today Online brings news of an exciting bit of patent infringement litigation. A 54-year-old inventor Merpel's not sure what the relevance of the age is. Now, a 54-year-old patent, that would be news!, Mr Yiap Hang Boon, is suing the local Housing and Development Board (HDB) for infringing his patent for a clothes-drying rack. The statutory board rejects the claim, seeking revocation in return. This case is ongoing; more news may be forthcoming. A katpat goes to our informant, modestly known to us only by the name Daniel.

The following text, by Michael Carroll (Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law), was received by this Kat from katfriend and distinguished academic Professor Estelle Derclaye:
"I write to bring your attention to a very troubling copyright case in Colombia and to ask for your help in drawing this case to the attention of any journalists in the US that might have an interest in covering the story. Diego Gomez is a biologist who posted another scientist's master's thesis on Scribd because he found the thesis so useful to his research. This is a common means of sharing research in resource-strapped countries. More details here.

The author of the thesis objected, the thesis was taken down, but the author then filed a criminal complaint with the prosecutor's office. The prosecutor had discretion about whether to proceed, and he chose to do so. Diego now faces a possible sentence of up to 8 years in prison if found guilty. The reason the potential sentence is so long is that Colombia amended its copyright law in 2006 to add anti-circumvention provisions pursuant to its obligations under the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Since the US wanted such provisions to provide effective deterrence, Colombian legislators responded by increasing the general criminal penalties for copyright infringement.

His hearing is on September 2nd, and there are some defenses that can and will be raised. But, this case could take a few years to be resolved. I've spoken with Carolina Botero at the Karisma Foundation, which is helping with the case. My understanding is that the case would cease if the author were to withdraw the complaint or if the prosecutor were to rethink the wisdom of pursuing such a prosecution. Press about this case in the US might help that latter option to be realized. There are some science journalists writing about this, but some mainstream coverage would also be very helpful.

As you might imagine, the pressure of this case on Diego and his family is quite intense. If you also find this case troubling, please either blog about it yourself or draw some press attention to it.
This Kat does not seek to condone any copyright infringement and he believes that there do exist factual circumstances that may justify a custodial sentence -- but certainly not here. On this very brief appraisal of the facts it seems entirely inappropriate that anyone who has done what Diego Gomez has done should face the prospect of a prison sentence, and equally inappropriate that the prosecutor's office should be taking such dramatic and apparently draconian measures to commit public resources to a case such as this. Prosecutions like this do nothing to win respect for the notion of copyright among the public at large, and do a great disservice to those of us who seek better and more effective copyright protection. It's time to drop this charge.


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Minnesota declares August 2nd as Paul McCartney Day
Macca bestowed with new honor ahead of his show in Minneapolis.

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Friday fantasies
Forthcoming IP events. Even though it's the summer (in the Northern hemisphere, at any rate) and there's not much going on in terms of conferences and other events, new forthcoming attractions for the rest of the year and indeed beyond continue to be added to the IPKat's Forthcoming Events list. Do check it out when you have the chance!



Grump, Dopey, Sleepy ... surely we aren'ttalking about IP Ministers?
Around the weblogs. Mark Anderson's post on IP Draughts, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: What is the point of IP ministers?" needs little explanation and is well worth a read. Over on IP Finance, this blogger's live post, "IP evolution: a chance to talk", has attracted a bit of dialogue on the subject of turning IP into a real asset class by providing better information about it, while Neil asks how one can value the contribution made by a design to a successful product. Via Australian barrister and IP scholar Warwick Rothnie comes a pointer to Crikey.com.au, which in turnlinksto what it says is the Commonwealth Government€™s Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper July 2014. When he received this information, the Discussion Paper didn't seem to be on the Attorney General Department's website -- but it is nowif you're about to go on holiday, don't! Submissions close on 1 September. Finally, SOLO IP takes a look at the ambitions of IPReg, the UK's regulatory authority for patent and trade mark attorneys.

Medicinal product assessment hasbecome increasingly sophisticatedsince the days of Lewis Carroll
Medicinal product assessment: a new defence to UK patent infringement.The Legislative Reform (Patents) Order 2014 (SI 2014/1997) has now been published and affects the scope of patent infringement in the United Kingdom. This Kat would doubtless have kept tucking it away into the furthest recesses of his "things to do if only I had the time", had it not been for a prompt promptthe first 'prompt' being an adjective, the second a nounfrom Graham Burnett-Hall (Marks & Clerk), who earns a katpat for his pains. This Order tweaks section 60 of the UK'sPatents Act 1977a bit, by adding add a new subsection 6(D). This provides that anything done in, or for the purposes of, a medicinal product assessment, which would otherwise constitute an infringement of a patent for an invention, should be regarded as having been done for experimental purposes relating to the subject matter of the inventionand therefore as not infringing the patent.The words "medicinal product assessment" get a crisp new definition under s.60(6)(E) as being any testing, course of testing or other activity undertaken with a view to providing data for any of the specified purposes, which include obtaining marketing authorisations or complying with regulatory rules. If you are planning to retire or to change your career on or before 30 September, you don't need to know about this Order since it only comes into force on 1 October 2014. There are a few other tweaklets to the Patents Act, so do take a good look at the Order.

"Eugh!" But surely we're notbeing rude about the CJEU ...
The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court are words that are never far from the heart and mind of Rechtsanwalt and IP enthiusiast Ingve Björn Stjerna. Ingve informs us of his latest article, this time on the hearing of the Spanish actions before the Court of Justice of the European Union to challenge the validity and legal basis on those two planks of the new European patent regime. You can read "€œUnitary patent€œ and court system €“ The oral hearing on Spain€™s actions at the CJEU" here in English and, under its German title €žEinheitspatent€œ und Gerichtsbarkeit €“ Die mündliche Verhandlung der Klagen Spaniens beim EuGH" here. Ingve attended the hearing in Luxembourg, his impression being that it was not too conclusive in relation to the Court€™s position. If you've not already taken a look, Ingve's archive of interesting bits and pieces concerning patents in the new Europe can be accessed hereMerpel draws the attention of readers to the dictionary entry for EUGH here.


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