Do You Take Photographs? You’re Probably A Criminal

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

from Blacklisted News

Today a photography blog unearthed another strange development in America’s 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 Amazon’s 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.”

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Little Nicky Sarkozy

This is nothing to do with our companion blog that goes by the name Little Nicky (Machiavelli) today we have to comment on the lengths French President Little Nicky Sarkozy has to go to in disguising the fact that he’s a shortarse. Somebody in the French pess corps has been blabbing that Little Nicky (4’6″) when standing in a photo line up has a habit of hoisting himself up on tiptoe just as the cameraman is about to click the shutter. This is particularly noticeable when Little Nicky is being photographed with Gordon brown (5’11”) and Barack Obama (6’1″ – not 6’3″ as his people claim) Little Nicky has also been outed as a wearer of personality lifts and has even stood on a box to be photographed with a group of tallish people.

All together now… “Aw, bless…”

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