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Intellectual Property: Copyright challenges are “being addressed” by China

The world’s largest online community is grappling with challenges it faces in protecting intellectual property rights (IPR), says an expert. The US Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus on held recently listed China as one of the world’s five-worst offenders in violating copyright […]

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China Economics

Intellectual Property: Canada joins China, Russia in US list of top IP scofflaws

The usual suspects have shown up once again on the US Trade Representative’s annual Special 301 report on nations that need to step up their game when it comes to enforcing intellectual property rights. But this year, the USTR elevated Canada to the same level as China and Russia, which has some critics incredulous towards the US’ motives […]

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Autodesk to buy Softimage|XSI

Autodesk has signed a definitive agreement with Avid to acquire substantially all of the assets of Avid’s Softimage business unit for around US$35 million. This will mean that Autodesk will own three of the main 3D suites: 3ds Max, Maya and Softimage|XSI. Autodesk plans to acquire and continue developing the core Softimage|XSI suite, the Softimage|Face Robot facial animation software, the Softimage|Cat character animation plug-in for 3ds Max and the Softimage|Crosswalk ‘interoperability solution’ – which will be integrated with Autodesk’s own sharing technology…

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“The Design Eco-System”: Bill Buxton’s Keynote at IxDA | Interaction ‘08 Conference

Bill Buxton, in his keynote during for the opening of IxDA | Interaction ‘08 Conference, asks us: “How Can We Design Great Products if we don’t First Design our Environment?” Great ideas are not enough. In many ways, they are the easy part of design. The hard part is seeing those great ideas through to reality […]