The collective assembly of a patent war chest by the oddly named Rockstar Consortium -— all of the otherwise competing rivals of Google in the wireless OS space — smacks of a horizontal conspiracy to raise rivals’ costs.
People have been talking, and pontificating, about a coming “Internet of Things” since 1999. Now the European Union wants to regulate the IoT even before it is fully gestated and born.
Comedy Central’s South Park has opened the door for “fair use” copyright defenses to shut down infringement lawsuits before they saddle defendants with discovery expenses or force a settlement for cost reasons.
The battle to beat Google’s Android mobile phone OS is quickly turning into a legal bonanza. But why are three horizontal competitors being allowed to collaborate and cooperate and join hands together, rather than competing against each other?
Like John Naisbitt, this post describes what I am convinced are the most significant law/policy “megatrends” affecting the social media space today.