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Thursday, 5 April 2012
Patents or copyright?
Hat tip to Sandrine Hilaire, avocat, of Strasbourg, "capital of Europe" according to her firm's website, who shared this on Facebook: a somewhat depressing story in which the patents seem to have become the end, not the means, but also depressing for the inability of the journalist to tell his copyright from his patents - despite having both in the headline. "Un sérieux bémol" as she says, giving me my French word of the day (a couple of days ago it was "chienlit", which perfectly describes a big-city Marathon). Literally, un bémol is a flat sign in musical notation, which seems an excellent metaphor for a journalist's failure to distinguish one legal right from another.