Saturday, March 05, 2011

British Royal Head Queen Elizabeth to Visit Irish Republic as First Monarch since 1911

For all of our Irish and Irish-background readers out there....

BBC News reports that:

Queen to make first state visit to Irish Republic

Google and Microsoft Battle Patent Troll GeoTag

Patent, patent, who's got the patent?

LOL ("laughing out loud").

We at LawPundit were among the first to alert the world to patent trolls, years ago, but no one really paid any attention. After all, in those days, what was a blog to most people? They were lucky to know the word internet.

Somehow, given some of the disastrous judging we have reported on at LawPundit in recent days at the U.S. Supreme Court and the ECJ (EU), maybe "the system" deserves the patent trolls.

After all, "the system" created them and tolerates them, abetted by judges living in jurisprudential ivory towers far from the madding crowd.

See Google and Microsoft team up to battle geotagging patent troll.

When the world legal community is incapable of implementing sane standards for intellectual property, then the battle for the monetary right to ideas will continue. You cannot really blame the patent trolls, they are merely working "within the system".

If the system rewards them, it is of course their legal right to exploit that system.

That money and power in society should not be distributed this way is a serious problem of course, but that is another question.

UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Regulates Company Communications on Social Networking Sites such as Facebook and Twitter as of March 1, 2011

Pinsent Masons LLP at in

Ad regulator oversees social networking and companies' own sites from today

writes that as of March 1, 2011 "[C]ompanies' communication on social networking sites and their own websites will be subject to regulation by the UK advertising industry watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)."

Read the whole thing.

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