Archive for date: August 19, 2004

Decision in MGM v. Grokster

August 19, 2004 | Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, and found that Grokster is not liable for copyright infringement of its users. You can read the decision here in PDF. The basics of the decision were roughly that Grokster did demonstrate that there was a substantial, non-infringing use for their software and that they had no […]

Talking Boards Patents and Trademarks

August 19, 2004 | Link of the Day, Public Domain Resources, Quack of the Day, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

For some reason, I found a reference to an early patent on Ouija boards, and with a bit of digging, came up with this page of Talking Boards Patents and Trademarks. Most of these early patents declare it a game, rather than a legitimate way to contact the dead. Using pat2pdf, I extracted a few […]


August 19, 2004 | Movie Review | By: Mark VandeWettering

I had a rare “middle of the week” movie attack last night (there was nothing on television) so the wife and I trundled off to see Michael Mann’s latest noir-ish creation Collateral. An aside: I’ve got a pet theory that 50% of a movie’s gross is determined by it’s choice of title. By my estimation, […]

Dore Bible Gallery

August 19, 2004 | Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

Project Gutenberg recently completed scanning the Bible Illustrations of Gustav Dore. While I prefer illustrations of crazy scientists and proto-hominid skeletons, you might find something of interest here, although his Last Supper lacks some of the panache of Da Vinci’s.