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Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is still possible this year, says AstraZeneca chief

AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could still be available by the end of the year, or early next year, according to the company’s chief executive, Pascal Soriot, despite clinical trials being paused after a volunteer fell ill.

Europe’s creative industry slams EU Commission for rewriting copyright rules

Europe’s creative industry has criticised the European Commission’s consultation on new EU copyright rules for departing from the original directive agreed last year and being unworkable.

Square forms group to stop patent hoarding from stifling crypto innovation

Jack Dorsey’s payment company is inviting other cryptocurrency firms to join its “alliance” to pool patents and preserve the industry’s open-source spirit.

Ex-CIA agent drags Microsoft’s crypto patent into right-wing conspiracy

Former CIA counterintelligence and staff investigator Kevin Shipp linked Microsoft’s recent cryptocurrency patent to a short-lived Microsoft ad featuring Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic. The ad was notably pulled after far-right internet users targeted the video in protest against Abramovic’s alleged Satanism.

‘Jersey Boys’ makers defeat copyright claims at Ninth Circuit

The musical “Jersey Boys” doesn’t infringe the copyright in a Four Seasons band member’s autobiography because any similarities between the works are based on historical facts, the Ninth Circuit affirmed Tuesday.

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