For over a decade, a simple rule of thumb predicts the outcome of most cases before the Supreme Court that impact intellectual property rights: Just select the outcome that will advance the interests of tech platforms. Wrapped in the flag of “information wants to be free,” tech platforms have repeatedly persuaded the Court that robust enforcement of IP rights is bad for consumers and innovators. This is the Silicon Valley equivalent of “What’s good for GM is good for America.” In fact, there is strong reason to believe that the Court’s continuous dilution of IP rights is not good for America. The Court’s decision last week in Google v. Oracle illustrates its predilection for endorsing the weak-IP policies advanced by tech platforms . The Court applied the fair use doctrine to shield Google from liability for having copied over 11,000 lines of code from Oracle’s copyright-protected Java programming language. The end-result: Google owes nothing to the first mover in an … [Read more...] about Have tech platforms captured the Supreme Court?
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To the United States, Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism and a nuclear proliferation risk. But to its Central Asian neighbors, the Islamic Republic is a business opportunity. Iran is paying attention to Central Asia, and its diplomats have visited the five states in recent months as part of its “Look East” policy. In April 2021, Iran and Tajikistan agreed to promote military cooperation. In fact, “potential” is a misnomer, as neighboring Central Asian countries are trying to grow existing trade with Iran: ADVERTISEMENT - Kazakhstan, which has the biggest Central Asian economy, recently discussed cooperation with Iran, which will likely include moving beyond the barter system Iran proposed in 2020, and building on the relationship deepened through the negotiations of the 2018 Caspian Sea Treaty . The total trade turnover (exports plus imports) was $375 million in 2019. - Uzbekistan, which has the biggest population in Central Asia, conferred with Iran in … [Read more...] about Doing business with Iran will help Central Asia stabilize the region
Multiple anti-Trump lawmakers are spending campaign donations on various security services, amounts that have soared over the past several months since the election, according to their Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. According to the FEC filings, seven lawmakers have spent tens of thousands on private security companies. Punchbowl News reported some high-profile Democrats and a small number of Republicans, who voted to impeach the former president, have “shelled out piles of cash.” Some lawmakers went as far as to tell Punchbowl lawmakers have seen a “flood of death threats after opposing Trump, and feared for their own safety and the welfare of their families and staff.” Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) spend nearly $70,000 on security services in his filing. According to his FEC files : His campaign spent $39,000 with T&M USA LLC, which provides a variety of security services; $18,376 with Altronics, which provides closed-circuit security monitoring; $7,300 … [Read more...] about Multiple Anti-Trump Lawmakers Spend Thousands in Campaign Cash on Security Services
NONG KHAI, THAILAND - Large numbers of people here in the dry northeast region of Thailand bordering Laos and Cambodia, a region known as Isaan, are facing the consequences of changes in the natural rhythms of the Mekong River wrought by the construction in recent years of dams upstream in China and Laos. The dams have brought drought in the monsoon season and high waters when it should be dry, changing the lives of the many in the northeast of the country who depend on the river for food and work. Moreover, the hydropower plans for the Mekong have only begun, as China leads the dam charge with an eye on both the economic rewards and geopolitical advantage of controlling the key waterway. That has left one of the world’s great rivers, flowing for 5,000 kilometers from China through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in retreat and decimating local fishing catches. Local fisher Sudta Insamran lamented the loss of "the same Mekong River that we knew,” as he tried to … [Read more...] about Damming of the Mekong: Thai Villagers Lament a River in Crisis
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for April 15 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. As spring practice winds down, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman sees some potential holes in his roster. Arkansas didn’t use the maximum 25 scholarships this year on its incoming recruits so it has a few left over to hit the transfer market, where there is no longer any question about whether athletes who switch schools will be immediately eligible to compete. "We might take a tight end," Pittman said. "The bottom line is whomever we took would have to be a D-lineman or someone with the ball in his hands. I don't think we'd take an offensive lineman in the portal right now." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The NCAA made it official Thursday , announcing the Division I Council had voted to approve a plan that will allow all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without … [Read more...] about College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules