Law and policy in Wired UK 2.11

I have a strange relationship with Wired magazine (UK edition; I used to get the US edition, but since the UK version launched, I get that, and look at the website for US-only articles). Its politics (particularly in its earlier days) are fascinating if not really mine, and I find some articles useful, others frustrating, and the ads (and purchase recommendations) are obviously not targeted at junior academics. However, it’s still something I read carefully, not too expensive as a subscription, and provides fairly frequent citations or teaching materials. Anyway, the current issue has a particularly strong group of law-related articles, in particular:

Neil Pollack, ‘Spotify’s celestial jukebox’: on whether Spotify will be able to launch in the US, citing in particular the difference in licensing direct from labels vs (I presume) collective licensing in Europe (print only, p. 37)
David Rowan & Tom Cheshire, ‘Commerce gets social: how your networks are driving what you buy’: touching on a range of consumer and privacy issues on ‘social commerce’ (and defining it quite well), very lively and well-written, although it would have been nice to see a bit more on the problems of endorsement/disclosure laws as well as the specific aspects of data protection law (mentioned but not pursued) that are an issue for the UK and EU (print only, p. 84)
Michael Watts, ‘The intellectual venturer’: a feature on Nathan Myhrvold / Intellectual Ventures, and whether it’s a patent troll or not; it also explains the IV business model in quite some detail, as well as proposed changes to patent law in the US. I’m not a patent person by any means, but it’s a very thorough and revealing article (full text available).

And a number of articles on wider issues that are also legal, such as the story of the Brian Wells ‘collar-bomb’ case (which had appeared in the December issue in the US) and a discussion of technology and refugee protection regarding Refugees United.

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