I’ve been going on a lot about the Trans – Atlantic Trade Partnership (TTIP) and how it is part of a plan to extend the takeover of the USA by Corporate Nazis to the rest of the world.
One of the main planks of the TTIP is the establishment of a framework for enforcing US patent and copyright law around the world. “how is that bad, surely writers, musicians and such deserve to earn royalties and inventors deserve to be paid for use of their innovations don’t they? You might well ask.
I agree, and as a writer I know I deserve far more that the occasional pittance I receive from people who use my work. But the TTIP and its Pacific twin the TPP are not about writers and artists, or inventors and innovators, they are about governments, global corporations and bankers.
What am I talking about. Well things like Nestle trying to obtain patent on fennel seeds which have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Or this even more bizarre patent application which has, it seems, been granted by courts in the USA.
Taking a photo against a white background? Amazon owns the patent on that
Today a photography blog unearthed another strange development in Americas ongoing patent train wreck: Amazon was recently awarded the intellectual rights to taking pictures of people in front of seamless white backgrounds.
Critics of the deal from the tech and photography worlds are split on what they see as the bigger affront: the gullibility of the US Patent and Trade Office, or the genius of Amazons patent lawyers.
The patent, which you can read here, was originally filed in 2011, and has the fittingly sparse title, Studio Arrangement. It takes five pages of dense text to explain the photographic innovation at issue. There is a diagram that, TechDirt points out, pretty much looks like every photo studio in the history of photo studios.