University of Missouri – St. Louis: New platform improves access to UMSL innovative works

University of Missouri – St. Louis: New platform improves access to UMSL innovative works. “The University of Missouri–St. Louis has launched a new online platform that will make it simple for anyone to quickly and easily obtain a nonexclusive license of select intellectual property from the university. Managed by the Office of IP Management and Commercialization under its director, Tamara Wilgers, the UMSL Innovations online marketplace will help advance the office’s central mission to get UMSL ideas out into the world and achieve a wider reach and distribution of the university’s IP.”

Europol: International operation shuts down websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated content

Europol: International operation shuts down websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated content. “As of this year’s Cyber Monday, law enforcement agencies across several continents have taken down 12 526 websites, disconnected 32 servers used to distribute and host illegal content for 2 294 television channels and shut down 15 online shops selling counterfeit products on social media sites. In the physical realm, investigators seized 127 365 counterfeit products such as clothes, watches, shoes, accessories, perfumes, electronics and phone cases worth more than EUR 3.8 million.”

New York Times: Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

New York Times: Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built. “Like many cutting-edge A.I. technologies, Copilot developed its skills by analyzing vast amounts of data. In this case, it relied on billions of lines of computer code posted to the internet. [Matthew] Butterick, 52, equates this process to piracy, because the system does not acknowledge its debt to existing work. His lawsuit claims that Microsoft and its collaborators violated the legal rights of millions of programmers who spent years writing the original code.”

IP Watchdog: How to Use the USPTO Patent Public Search Tool

IP Watchdog: How to Use the USPTO Patent Public Search Tool. “Do you want a simple way to search for specific patents and to get PDF copies of those patents? And do you want those PDF files to come straight from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), so you can be confident that they contain any Certificates of Correction? Our first article in a series about the USPTO’s Public Patent Search (PPS) web page shows you how.”

Ars Technica: Pantone wants $15/month for the privilege of using its colors in Photoshop

Ars Technica: Pantone wants $15/month for the privilege of using its colors in Photoshop. “If you want to use up-to-date versions of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps, you’ve already been paying subscription fees for years now. And if you want to use Pantone colors inside of Adobe’s apps, it’s about to get even more expensive. Starting this month, the Pantone color books in Adobe’s apps are mostly going away, and continuing to use those colors in your files will require a new Pantone Connect extension.”

Wall Street Journal: ‘Deepfakes’ of Celebrities Have Begun Appearing in Ads, With or Without Their Permission

Wall Street Journal: ‘Deepfakes’ of Celebrities Have Begun Appearing in Ads, With or Without Their Permission. “Authorized deepfakes could allow marketers to feature huge stars in ads without requiring them to actually appear on-set or before cameras, bringing down costs and opening new creative possibilities. But unauthorized, they create a legal gray area: Celebrities could struggle to contain a proliferation of unauthorized digital reproductions of themselves and the manipulation of their brand and reputation, experts said.”

Reuters: AI can’t hold patents to U.S. inventions (for now)

Reuters: AI can’t hold patents to U.S. inventions (for now). “Three years ago, Stephen Thaler filed two patent applications naming a single inventor, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), following Director review, found the applications to be incomplete for lacking a valid inventor on the ground that a machine cannot be an inventor. Thaler appealed the USPTO’s final decisions to the District Court, which similarly concluded that an ‘inventor’ must be a natural person. Thaler then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with the sole issue being whether AI qualifies as an ‘inventor’ under U.S. patent law.

CogDogBlog: Open Your CC Image Search Eyes to Openverse

CogDogBlog: Open Your CC Image Search Eyes to Openverse. “The most surprising thing in responses was how few people, especially in education, even knew about Openverse. Here, just check out the ways different organizations provide guides to finding CC licensed images and how few of them mention Openverse (actually I did find some). It’s also something that bothers me that most resource guides become this laundry list of links, and do not provide as much guidance to search strategies… sometimes it seems like an overloaded list of options that would make most people new to this overwhelmed.”

Complete Music Update: US appeal court upholds Wolfgang’s Vault copyright ruling, including the disappointing damages

Complete Music Update: US appeal court upholds Wolfgang’s Vault copyright ruling, including the disappointing damages. “The Second Circuit Appeals Court in the US has upheld a copyright infringement ruling against concert streaming service Wolfgang’s Vault. Which you might think would please the music publishers that sued the digital outfit, but no. Because the appeals court also upheld the unusually low damages pay out that the music rights owners were awarded.”