Intellectual Property

Bits & Pieces 2013-03-07

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. Another Skinny Dip in the Jury Pool I’m sorry. I still haven’t written up this story. There is a story behind it. A couple weeks ago, I served on a jury, for a short criminal trial, a case that should never have even been brought to trial. […]

Bits & Pieces 2012-08-23

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. It’s All in the Emphasis My Daughter: No way am I gonna name my son “Jonathan.” Every Jonathan I know is a total asshole, except my dad. Me: What about Jonathan [so-and-so]? He’s not a total asshole– uh, I mean, he’s not a total asshole… At Least […]

Ideas Having Sex

John Stossel recently published a short piece in The Freeman about ideas having sex. This naturally explains the most lucrative business sector ever seen on the Internet: idea porn. So, when I shared this article on Facebook, and fellow fiction blogger and Star Trek fan Neil Shurley re-shared it, I thought of that Star Trek: […]

Grand Theft Internet (part 5)

This is a true cybercrime story, which hit my friend Tom. Click here to read the story from the beginning. OR Click here to read the whole story as a single page.

Grand Theft Internet (part 4)

This is a true cybercrime story, which hit my friend Tom. Click here to read the story from the beginning. OR Click here to read the whole story as a single page.

Grand Theft Internet (part 3)

This is a true cybercrime story, which hit my friend Tom. Click here to read the story from the beginning. OR Click here to read the whole story as a single page. (If you’re looking for my usual “Friday Fun” column, it will return next week.)

Grand Theft Internet (part 2)

This is a true cybercrime story, which hit my friend Tom. Click here to read the story from the beginning. OR Click here to read the whole story as a single page.

Grand Theft Internet (part 1)

This is a true cybercrime story, which hit my friend Tom. Click here to read the whole story. Or use this page to read only chapter 1.

Grand Theft Internet

Like any other small businessman, he assumed his Internet account was basically safe. Instead, he found himself another victim of the latest 21′st century crime wave, when his valuable domain name, VL.com, was hijacked in a high-tech heist. Told by a first-person witness to the crime, reconstructed from forensic evidence compiled in the aftermath, this […]

Sued for Reading an RSS Feed?

The blogosphere is coming of age. And the story of my recent experience with a well-known blog network illustrates a contentious issue in the blogosphere, contentious because blogging technology is just progressing too fast, even for bloggers. And because the law is moving even more slowly than the bloggers themselves. Before the dust settles, no […]