Archive for May, 2010

Economic Benefits of Fair Use

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The Computer and Communications Industry Association has released a report on the economic value of fair use.  The report concluded that legitimate industries that depend on or benefit from the fair-use provision of U.S. copyright law generated $4.7 trillion (yes, that “trillion” with a “t”) in economic activity in 2007, the latest year the study examined.  Contrary to the damaging economic effects of infringment and piracy predicted by copyright holders, this report underscores the substantive dollar value and tangible importance of the fair-use provision in intellectual property law.

World Bank Development Data Now Freely Available

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The World Bank has made its extensive catalog of developmental data publicly available without restriction or fees. This includes more than two thousand health, economic, human development, financial, and business statistics covering more than two hundred countries.  Access had previously been restricted to subscribers.