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This Thanksgivukah, ‘Bubbie and Zadie’ are at the White House
November 9, 2013 | 10:52 am

ThanksgivukahAccording to Paul McFedries ''Wordspy'' website, there's a new holiday on tap this year, this month in fact, and it's been dubbed "Thanksgivukah." Jewish humor. Yes, this year for the first time in almost 5,000 years, Thanksgiving and Hannukah occur on the same calendar day. Obviously, God was trying out a new tack. According to Wordspy, Thanksgivukkah is "a combined celebration of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and the start of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah." The Houston Chronicle mentioned the new holiday in passing, as did The Boston Globe and a host of other newspapers and websites nationwide. McFedries, always the alert and...

Latest White House intellectual property initiative focuses on copyright education
June 22, 2013 | 8:45 am

The Verge has an article on the White House’s latest intellectual property initiative, the “Joint Strategic Plan”. (Sounds like a blueprint for a war, doesn’t it? Well, given what the Internet’s done for piracy, that may be about right.) The plan covers patent enforcement, trade secret theft, and using trade policy to promote enforcement of US IP rights abroad. But it also deals with copyright violations on a smaller scale, with suggestions like establishing copyright small claims courts, to allow quick resolution of civil infringement cases that would otherwise be too small to be worth filing. ...

Aaron Swartz suicide represents gross miscarriage of justice
January 13, 2013 | 8:33 pm

swartzOn Friday, Aaron Swartz was found dead in his apartment; he’d apparently hanged himself. Swartz was only 26, a brilliant and troubled young man who suffered from clinical depression, and also an Internet activist who spoke out and acted out in favor of making access to public information more free to everyone. He was a friend of both Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow. Swartz’s other accomplishments include RECAP, a tool that uploaded public-domain legal documents retrieved from the subscription-based PACER document record system into a duplicate free-access database. He was also reportedly involved in the early stages of...

The White House Releases a Free Holiday E-Book
November 30, 2012 | 3:26 pm

Like TeleRead On FacebookWe're not entirely sure if the White House is now releasing a free holiday e-book on an annual basis. But we do know that taking a December tour of a seasonally-bedecked White House—presumably decorated by the First Lady—is something of a longstanding D.C. tradition. According to the official White House website, Michelle Obama's 2012 holiday decor theme is 'Joy to All.' And as reported by Obama Foodorama, a blog that exclusively covers the White House's food initiatives: "The thousands of guests who tour the White House in December will receive the Official White House Holiday Tour Book, which features a message from President Obama and...

White House calls for stricter copyright enforcement
March 16, 2011 | 10:19 am

Copyright According to the National Journal: The Obama Administration is calling for greater law enforcement authority and tougher penalties, including prison in some cases, for people convicted of copyright infringement. The White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, submitted 20 recommendations to Congress on Tuesday aimed at cracking down on copyright infringement on items ranging from drugs to music and military equipment. Espinel urged Congress to make illegally streaming copyrighted content online a felony offense in some instances. Online piracy and counterfeiting, her report notes, are "significant concerns" for the White House. Such infringement causes "economic harm ...