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Makerbot Clone Tests the Limits of Open Source Hardware

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Most people who know of Makerbot know them as a one of the leaders in the home 3D printing market.  Fewer people realize that they are also one of the highest profile examples of another movement: open source hardware.  Like open source software, the open source hardware community makes its plans freely available – and usable – to the general public.  This strategy was recently put to the test when another company tried to use Makerbot's plans to make a Makerbot replica – and sell it for 2/3 of the price.

Open Source Hardware

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UMG/EMI: The Next Innovation Bottleneck

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While much attention has focused on whether European antitrust regulators will allow the major label Universal to buy one of its competitors, EMI, the proposed merger has also attracted the attention of US antitrust authorities in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Senate. In the US context, this merger bears some important similarities to recent proceedings like the Comcast/NBCU merger and the failed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Universal/EMI and AT&T/T-Mobile: Taking Over a Maverick Competitor

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We Stand for a Free and Open Internet: The Declaration of Internet Rights

Public Knowledge is excited to be part of the 91 organizations and 38 influencers signing on to the Declaration of Internet Freedom, which launched today.

As Cory Doctorow succinctly put it, “There is no copyright policy, only Internet policy; there is no Internet policy, only policy.” Today’s focus on increased IP enforcement will have a dramatic impact on the way people interact with the most democratic communications platform that has ever existed: the internet. Disproportionate IP enforcement will stifle creativity and create gatekeepers that block the free flow of information online.

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I Can Use A Banana to Rob a Bank: Why We Don’t Ban Things Just Because They Can Be Misused

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Earlier this week, YouTube-MP3.org announced that it had received a letter from YouTube essentially asking them to shut down.  YouTube-MP3.org was a site that allowed you to strip audio from a YouTube video and save it as an MP3.  Yesterday, it came to light that CNET had received a similar request from the RIAA to remove software from its popular Download.com site that performed the same purpose.  These requests are dumb.

Software That Downloads YouTube Videos Has Many Legitimate Uses

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Senate IPEC Hearing Discusses China and Bad Medicine, Ignores Past Crackdowns on Legitimate Sites

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On May 9, 2012 the Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing of the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) with Victoria Espinel as the sole witness.  This position coordinates the work done by different government agencies to combat intellectual property theft.  The May 9 hearing was the committee’s third oversight hearing on IP enforcement.  The hearing was nothing to write home about, which was unfortunate for a few reasons.  First of all, it was primarily a Democratic Senatorial event.  Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the committee’s Ranking Member was the only Republican senator present, and he left after his opening statement.  The other senators present apart from Grassley and Chairman Leahy (D-VT) were retiring Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Al Franken (D-MN), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  Second, the two stars of the show were counterfeit pharmaceuticals and China. 

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