Please Explain the Word Intellectual in Intellectual Property

Idiot’s Proprietary Might Make More Sense

I can’t help it, I got that One of These Things Doesn’t Belong song from Sesame Street stuck in my head.  Geez, I hope I don’t have to pay a royalty on the use of the title.  Sounds paranoid and ridiculous, or is it?

© is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice
© is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am digging through some old posts and came across one referencing an article about someone being sued for refilling an ink cartridge.  It seems that since the Lexmark cartridge was labeled “single use” the consumer is liable for not using it as agreed.  That story goes back to 2005.  Some folks back then were saying that the courts would not tolerate such for long and that things would change.  Have they?

We currently have DRM coffee machines! Also, while you still have the right to “jail break” your iPhone, it is illegal share the knowledge of how you do so.  Advice to the youngsters, don’t become and engineer and design a plane, instead become an attorney and protect a toy plane.  The toy plane has more copyright protection than the one that actually flies.  Better yet, rip off a mouse toy, change the name slightly and keep it protected forever.

I am no attorney but it seems that copyright and patent law is far removed from any intelligent approach to fostering new technology and innovation.  Historically speaking, such law is a rather new concept.  Perhaps it is just a bad idea and we should consider something more intelligent?

On Going Paperless and Printing Only at the Library

Printing at the Library

Cleveland Public Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About a year ago, my print cartridge ran dry… or so I thought.  Turns out that the ink just clogged the nozzle and it was time to replace the seldom used printer.  Rather than buy another printer and continue to resupply it with expensive cartridges, I decide that 10 cents per page at my local library was a better option based on how often I actually print. Continue reading “On Going Paperless and Printing Only at the Library”