Well that settles that!

This just in: Academic who receives money from foundation chaired by Eric Schmidt, assigned review of book critical of academics who receive money from foundation chaired by Eric Schmidt, finds nothing wrong with academics receiving money from foundation chaired by Eric Schmidt.


6 thoughts on “Well that settles that!

  1. eh, theres a lot of that going about. For example IDF investigates self, finds self completely exonerated of crimes in Gaza flotilla massacre! a triumph!

    People will believe what they want to believe.

    Posted by John | August 18, 2011, 3:41 pm
  2. “People will believe what they want to believe.”

    I guess that they should really rely on petty propagandists such as yourself to insure fairness and impartiality, eh? But then again, if you think that your are not a bigot, then that would also be a good example of people believing what they want to believe.

    Posted by Joseph Lindholm | August 18, 2011, 4:08 pm
  3. I am not sure you know what the word bigot means . . .

    Posted by roblevine1 | August 18, 2011, 4:35 pm
  4. Academics whose critical distance can only be measured in nanometers. Who would have throught…

    There seems to be a strange inability to pay attention to the breadth of the issues involved when it comes to copyright. In the UK when Google prompted the Prime Minster to commission a review of copyright with a heavy hint that the UK should adopt the US “Fair Use” doctrine the resulting report from Prof. Hargeaves did not give any real thought to Moral Rights. Considering that Moral rights are the prime basis on which copyright in the UK is built it seems a bit of an oversight. What is it about Moral Rights – is it just too boring or is it that they seem to think all the rights should be at the other end of the deal – that is if you could call larceny a deal.

    Posted by Alan Gallery | August 18, 2011, 5:59 pm
    • >>>Considering that Moral rights are the prime basis on which copyright in the UK is built it seems a bit of an oversight.

      I did not know this. (I am not being sarcastic – I really did not know this.) Can you provide a citation?

      Posted by roblevine1 | August 18, 2011, 6:38 pm
  5. Gee thanks for putting me on the spot Rob but to be fair I should have been more careful. Ok Moral Rights were codified in the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988 (CDPA) and as many academics in comparative studies will point out that it is a halfway house between full on Moral Rights and common law and actually not all that good. However, in practice Moral Rights shorthand a whole set of arguments that could add to the cost of litigation and actually provide practical leverage for the author. Of course this is not to say that the ideas underpinning Moral Rights were not in existence for some considerable time before the CDPA and it could be argued that Moral Rights as expressed in the CDPA is a formalisation of those ideas.

    Millar v. Taylor 1769 as cited in ‘Deconstructing Moral Rights’ by Cyrill P. Rigamonti pp 381 (Harvard International Law Journal / Vol. 47) quoting Lord Mansfield.

    “[B]ecause it is just, that an author should reap the pecuniary profits of
    his own ingenuity and labour. It is just, that another should not use his
    name, without his consent. It is fit, that he should judge when to publish,
    or whether he ever will publish. It is fit he should not only choose
    the time, but the manner of publication; how many; what volume; what
    print. It is fit, he should choose to whose care he will trust the accuracy
    and correctness of the impression; to whose honesty he will confide, not
    to foist in additions.”

    Rigamonti points out that:

    “it reads like a concise enumeration of …….the economic rights, the right of attribution,
    the right of disclosure, and the right of integrity.”

    Posted by Alan Gallery | August 19, 2011, 7:38 am

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