Banksy blocked from trademark rights over some of his most famous works

Banksy can no longer claim legal rights to his artwork, experts say after he was stripped of two more trademarks for some of his most famous graffiti.

The two latest rulings against the anonymous multi-millionaire street artists means he has now lost rights to four of his works…

Full Colour Black, a British greeting cards company which recreates his works for sale, has successfully persuaded the EU to cancel trademarks he obtained three years ago for the Radar Rat and Girl with an Umbrella, the Telegraph can reveal…

Banksy’s lawyers argued unsuccessfully that “an anti-establishment viewpoint does not prevent a party from utilising establishment mechanisms to further their view”.

Anyone surprised that British courts ruled in favor of corporate thieves?

Thanks, Honeyman

Rise of the Slaughterbots

Killer drones — or “slaughterbots” — are already conducting airstrikes without any humans involved in the decision making, according to a recent UN report. Again, not the piloting, the decision making. Computers are deciding who to drone strike.

And that should have us really worried, a group of researchers argue in a guest post for IEEE Spectrum. “In so many words, the red line of autonomous targeting of humans has now been crossed,” the team writes.

The use of lethal autonomous weapon systems, according to them, should immediately be ceased. Nations around the world should sign a treaty to make sure these killer robots will never be used again.

At a minimum, this offers legitimate opportunity for sanctions, arrest and indictment.

Oregon Legalizes Human Composting


Photo/Recompose

Oregon is now the third state in the US to allow a deathcare option that’s gaining popularity for its environmental benefits: human composting.

Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 2574 into law on Tuesday, adding natural organic reduction to the range of approved after-life options in the west coast state. Sponsored and developed by Rep. Pam Marsh (D – Southern Jackson County), the bill met Oregonians’ growing interest in sustainable alternatives to traditional deathcare…

…The process of so-called natural organic reduction, which breaks down the body into soil, has a small environmental footprint. For example, Recompose, the country’s first human composting funeral home does it like this: a corpse is placed in a cylinder with organic materials, like wood chips, plants, and straw, then heated and turned repeatedly for several weeks with a hook until it’s broken down into a nutrient-rich soil that can be delivered back to the family or used for planting.

Human composting is the latest of a handful of environmental deathcare options to gain traction across the country as available cemetery space declines and emissions from cremation mount.

More on this topic – and other alternatives – this article from the GREEN BURIAL COUNCIL seems useful.