Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Update on the needed commercialization of my wordmark



I wanted to make another update on my plans for the “doaskdotell” mark after the end of 2021.  The previous post was on Oct. 5, 2019. 
       
In the near future, I am planning to make an airline trip to Los Angeles to pitch a movie idea for the books.  I’ve discussed the content of this treatment in other places.  One possible outcome of the trip would be discussions of the use of the mark for film (especially politically oriented documentary) production and distribution, even though the treatment I had prepared is embedded in a science fiction fiction story.  The proposed name right now for the screenplay is “Epiphany”  without the DADT wordmark.

There is more risk, even with domestic travel, and more uncertainty than usual because of the sudden pandemic of COVID19.   There is also at least a marginal risk of some sort of quarantine trap, and being separated from electronics and being able to keep the sites updated.  But there are other normal risks with travel (electronics issues) or general risks of medical risks for someone of my age who still works alone, so there is a bit of irony in assessing the risks.

So we can look forward to how things would need to work in the future, after any renewal.  Visitors would have to pay for more content (than now) which would require more sales, without dependence on persistent identifiers, patronage (which I don’t have), or use of assets from other sources.  

Legitimate business transactions in an accounting sense would need to be provided.  Support from third parties should I become suddenly indisposed would have to be possible.  And media liability insurance would have to be possible.  This is all a tall order.
  
One thing that could help is paywall bundling and consolidation, so that paywalls are more convenient for users (many periodicals have very clumsy systems) so that it is more affordable for most users to have a varied media diet without depending on persistent identifiers. 

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Chinese scientists seek USPTO patent for anti-coronavirus drug for immediate use in Wuhan



I’m not sure how this works legally, but (NBC NYC story) scientists in Wuhan China are trying to patent an anti-viral drug remdesivir for use in China immediately. 

Apparently China can get its own patents to manufacture American products locally (something Trump doesn’t like).
   
However granting the patent might speed up treatment of seriously ill patients in China right now, and help lessen the social and political and economic effects of the epidemic later, even in the US.
   
The drug has been used against HIV (and some strains of HIV are becoming resistant to protease inhibitors, a long term problem).

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Airbnb said to be prepared to use an AI application to scour customer's social media for trustworthiness -- a social credit score



There is a patent application, 2019073597, “Determining trustworthiness and compatibility of a person”   It will analyze a person’s social media and other online presence to determine social credit worthiness scores of some kind. 
  
Airbnb is supposedly going to use it on customers reserving rentals;  maybe on owners.

Next Uber will want to use it.  

Ford Fischer (of News2Share) reported this on Twitter today. 

Sunday, January 05, 2020

It should be OK for different brands within a company to have different funding models



Because of increasing turmoil in the social media and Internet speech “business” as a whole, I have thought about major restructuring and simplification, probably at the beginning of 2022 (two more years).  Some of this could depend on externalities, which seem unstable right now, to say the least.
   
One idea is that a company, especially a media publisher, can have multiple brands.  This is common in the movies and broadcasting and happens with even some large independent sites (like Vox owns the Verge, Recode, etc).  An important rule is that each brand (or component company) has its own accounting, and different rules can exist for each brand as to whether it accepts patronage (particularly important), or has some non-profit activity and tax status.  It would be possible for different brands to have different formats of private funding or cooperative funding.
  
This is important for any future involvement by me in using my “doaskdotell.com” (and .info) name. Since I am a trustee of a grantor trust (which supports me in retirement) I probably cannot be directly connected to an operation dependent on patronage.   See also Oct. 5, 2019 post.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

A patent related to photo sorting seems like a gross evasion of the Alice decision



Alex Moss writes for Electronic Frontier Foundation about how a photo sorting app got caught by a patent troll, link here
  
The patent office apparently failed to consider Alice in allowing the patent to a group called Rothschild.
  
It would appear that my own iPhone11  (computer and phone together) would have violated the “patent”.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Online voting contest for photos pushes back a patent troll



Joe Mullin of Electronic Frontier Foundation has an article Nov. 25 about a Ruth Taylor, who used to run a site called bytephoto and which ran an online voting contest and was sued by a troll called Garfum, which claimed a “do it on a computer” abstract patent idea, which has been invalidated by the Alice v. CLS Bank decision.  

Her website barely broke even, and she could not afford to defend a frivolous claim. EFF was able to represent her pro bono and got the complainant to back down.
  
So this case could be called “The Story of Ruth” in the O.T.   The article has Ruth’s video.

Remember the opening of "The Social Network" depicts a teen Mark Zuckerberg coding a photo contest when he is "drunk" (not legal itself). 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Cloudflare rights back against Blackbird and even the "troll's" previous "purchases"; a question of who has all the "rights"


Mike Masnick of Techdirt explains how Cloudflare (CEO Matthew Prince) fought back against a patent troll named Blackbird, instead of settling (as Newegg had).

  
Cloudflare attacked Blackbird on all previous patents it had “purchased”.  The article compares Blackbird to previous copyright troll Righthaven, on the issue as to whether when a troll buys intellectual property rights, it buys “all rights”. (See “BillBoushka” blog, Feb. 8, 2013).
  
Matthew Prince attracted controversy when he decided to shutoff Daily Stormer from service after Charlottesville, and recently did the same with 8chan after the New Zealand attack. He even admitted that as a CEO he had more political power than he thought he should have.

Cloudflare recently (Nov 4) released a blog update ("Project Jengo Saga") on its litigation, “We won!”).