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Computers and Robots Don't Count


Courts use similar logic in case after case: It's not infringement if computers "read or review" the new copies, only if people do. Completely legal, four courts have agreed, because it's not as though Google is turning the complete books over to people. "Google Books ... is not a tool to be used to read books," wrote one judge. In another strand of the litigation, the parties at one point proposed a settlement that would have allowed "non-consumptive" digital humanities research on the scanned books, defined as "research in which computational analysis is performed on one or more Books, but not research in which a researcher reads or displays substantial portions of a Book to understand the intellectual content presented within the Book." This was fine, in the view of the author and publisher representatives who negotiated the proposed settlement.

Congress Strengthens Trade-related Intellectual Property Protection

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

IP rights infringement has a noteworthy impact on the American economy. In 2013, the IP Commission released the IP Commission Report. The report includes significant data on the impact of stolen IP on American companies. The report estimates yearly losses due to stolen IP, including value of lost sales, stock assets, and investments, to be in the hundreds of billions. It indicates a significant lag in U.S. economic output due to international IP infringement.

FBI has 1,000 probes ongoing into Chinese intellectual property theft

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has nearly 1,000 investigations open into attempted intellectual property theft, nearly all of them involving Chinese, FBI director Christopher Wray said Tuesday. "There is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to this country right now than China … and I don't say it lightly," Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "We have as we speak probably about a thousand-plus investigations all across the country involving attempted theft of U.S. intellectual property, whether it's economic espionage or counter proliferation, almost all leading back to China," he said. "It is a threat that is deep and diverse and wide and vexing. Arrests of people involved in Chinese operations to steal U.S. corporate secrets, whether for corporate reasons or to obtain defense secrets, have risen sharply in recent years. Washington says the problem has been exacerbated by Beijing's "Thousand Talents" program, which offers financial awards to Chinese professionals overseas who bring advanced technology back to China. The concern has given rise to a tightening of visas for Chinese researchers seeking to travel to the United States. In June the U..S Department of Energy moved to block its scientists from participating in the "Thousand Talents" program in order to protect U.S. competitive strengths and national security. Wray said the Chinese government is using "not just government officials, but private sector entities, non-traditional collectors, etc, to steal their way up the economic ladder at our expense." "China is fighting a generational fight here," he said. "I want to be clear.