In a setback for educators and orchestras, the Supreme Court this morning ruled that Congress can place works under #copyright that were once free for everyone to use.
Want a batch of fresh E.coli? There’s a printer for that. #3DPrinting A group of bio-hackers has built an affordable 3-D printer that can churn out sheets of bacteria to order. But that’ s just the beginning of a quest to print a leaf.
We know that 3-D printers can spit out products from jewelry to digital devices. Then we started hearing about technology that could print out human organs. The concept is proven but the technology remains too expensive for most mortals. Now, a group of hackers at Biocurious has built a device that can print out cells. Its cost? About $150, according to this MIT Review report.
That means you too, if you so desire, can churn out a sheet of E.coli bacteria using a machine built of some custom-built parts and recycled inkjet cartridges and CD-drive components. And, before you panic, remember only a few strains of E.coli are harmful.
The initial model works just in two dimensions, printing out sheets of fluorescent E. coli cells that read “I heart BioCurious.” But, according to the story, project organizer Patrik D’haeseleer’s longer-term plan is:
“… to print plant cells and build…
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Why Google is right and the Authors Guild is wrong on book scanning
A federal court has found that scanning books for search — which Google was doing for a university project called the Hathi Trust — is clearly covered by the “fair use” principle in copyright law, which could help Google in its own lawsuit with the Authors Guild.
The seven-year fight between authors and publishers over Google’s attempt to scan and digitize millions of books as part of its Google Library Project is almost certainly one of the longest-running copyright battles of the web era. The company recently agreed to settle a lawsuit launched by the Association of American Publishers, but a similar lawsuit with the Authors Guild is still under way — and now Google has just been given what looks like some powerful ammunition from a federal court in a related case, involving a group of universities known as the Hathi Trust, who were helping the search giant with its scanning program for research purposes.
There are elements of the Hathi Trust decision that make it different from the issues raised by the Google case, since it involves universities rather than a corporate entity, but the bottom line is that a federal court has decided scanning…
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Kim Dotcom’s lawyer: “There has been a trail of illegality”
Kim Dotcom’s U.S. lawyer believes that the case against MegaUpload will eventually fall apart, in part because New Zealand’s police violated multiple laws when raiding Dotcom’s residence and arresting him.Dotcom is getting support from the EFF, who is suing on behalf of a MegaUpload user
Police violated numerous laws in New Zealand when pursuing their case against Kim Dotcom and MegaUpload, Dotcom’s lawyer Ira P. Rothken said during a panel at the SF Musictech Summit in San Francisco Tuesday, which is why he is hoping that the case will soon be dismissed in its entirety. There has been a trail of illegality,” Rothken said, adding: “We strongly believe MegaUpload will win this case.”
Rothken was joined on the panel by EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels, whose organization is interceding in the proceedings on behalf of a MegaUpload user. The user is attempting to get access to his data, which was taken offline as part of the raid on MegaUpload’s U.S. data center earlier this year. Samuels agreed that the case looks pretty good for Dotcom overseas, stating: “The case is procedurally falling apart in New Zealand.” The situation is a little different in the…
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Hachette to raise ebook prices for libraries by 220%
Starting in October, libraries will pay an average of 220 percent more for Hachette’s ebooks. Hachette still does not make new ebooks available to most libraries; all the books affected were published before April 2010. Random House increased prices for librairies earlier this year.