Friday, September 10, 2010

Work on the moon!

I know, this doesn't seem to be a typical header for my (quasi) academic stories. Though there is a reason: I am actively looking for job opportunities on the web, while using Google. And definately have some interest in working at GOOGLE INC.. Just than I came across the following...

I believe this hasn't been on the news, but Google is recruiting people to work on a (still going to be build) facility ON THE MOON!
Interesting to think about which labour and tax laws will apply to the employers, since the moon(1) or outer space(2) is not under the jurisdiction of any nation. Not to mention that Google is a company and the treaties applicable are agreements between states ;)
(1) Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, Dec. 5, 1979, 1363 U.N.T.S. 3
(2) "Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of Statesin the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, includingthe Moon and Other Celestial Bodies". 1/1/08. Retrieved 2/7/10.
PHOTO Credits: and more: here.

For those really interested probably US Law does apply since Google INC. is a US Corporation and therefore the law of the employer does apply...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Orphan Works limitations - a one days perspective... with an indefinate effect

Late March I was encountered by the organisation ELSA from Greece if I could write an academic entry for their digital magazine De Jure. Of course I couldn't resist and re-wrote a part of my previous publication, which happen to be still available in hard-copy English version.

On the pages 84 to 96 you'll find my article about one of the proposed solutions for solving the Orphan Works situaton, which is advocated by the Britisch Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) and how it could be implemented considering the Three Step Test of the Berne Convention and TRIPs Agreement.

I just noticed that some hyperlinks (see table of contents) were not noticed by the editor. Also some Dutch phrases were kept in the footnotes... sorry for that!

Suggested citation: D.J.R. Sterenborg, 'Orphan Works limitations - a one days perspective... with an indefinate effect', De Jure 2010-3, p. 84-96.