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Van Gogh Museum Starts Peddling 3D Replicas

Van Gogh Museum Starts Peddling 3D Replicas

Today in international tech news: New 3D printing makes for spectacular (and pricey) van Gogh replicas. Also: Lawyers win a temporary injunction that will prevent UK authorities from inspecting data seized from the partner of a leak-publishing Guardian journalist; a Chinese businessman claims he owns the trademark for "Tesla" in China; and Pakistan will reconsider its ban on YouTube.

By David Vranicar
08/26/13 5:10 PM PT

Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum has produced spot-on 3D reproductions of some of its masterpieces by using what museum director Axel Rüger describes as the world's most advanced copying techniques.

The museum has inked a three-year deal with Fujifilm to create the new-age replicas known as "Relievos." The technology is known as "Reliefography" and combines a 3D scan of the painting in question with a high-resolution print; only three Relievos can be made each day.

Each 3D reproduction will run north of US$34,000. Thus far, classics such as Sunflowers, The Harvest and Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds have been reproduced.

[Source: The Guardian]

Lawyers Win Injunction in Case of Glenn Greenwald's Partner

Lawyers for David Miranda, partner of The Guardian's renowned leak-publishing journalist, have won a court order to prevent the government from "inspecting, copying or sharing" data seized during Miranda's detainment last week, so long as it doesn't affect national security.

Miranda -- whose partner, Glenn Greenwald, blew the top off the NSA/Edward Snowden/PRISM story -- was detained at London's Heathrow Airport on Aug. 19. Officials confiscated electronic equipment such as memory sticks, a mobile phone, camera and more.

The injunction to prevent the examination of these items will run until Aug. 30. The UK's High Court is expected to rule on "the legality of that seizure" producing the evidence. Miranda was not charged with any crimes, and was held the maximum amount of time -- nine hours -- legally permitted under UK anti-terror legislation.

[Source: The Independent]

Chinese Businessman Claims He Owns 'Tesla' Trademark

Electric car-maker Tesla has hit a snag trying to penetrate the world's biggest car market: A Chinese businessman claimed trademark rights to the name.

Tesla had planned to launch a flagship showroom in Beijing at the beginning of 2013, but was forced to delay because of the trademark tiff. Thus is the company's first shop in China boarded up.

A man named Zhan Baosheng claims to own the Tesla trademark in China. Having reportedly registered the trademark in 2006, he runs a website using the Telsa China domain and operates a Tesla-branded account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblog, where he communicates with customers who are interested in his Telsa vehicles, which aren't actually Tesla Teslas.

Last year, Apple paid $60 million to settle a dispute involving a Chinese company claiming to have trademarked "iPad" in China.

Tesla's first foray into Asia came in 2010, when it opened a showroom in Tokyo.

[Source: Reuters]

Pakistan Reconsidering YouTube Ban

Pakistan's Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Evaluation of Websites -- which includes representatives from intelligence agencies, religious authorities and cabinet ministers -- said it will meet to decide if the country's yearlong ban on YouTube should be lifted.

Like a handful of other predominately Muslim countries, Pakistan blocked YouTube last year after the ridiculous yet inflammatory Innocence of Muslims went viral. There were violent protests against the film in Pakistan.

Pakistan also blocked YouTube in 2008 (after a Dutch film about Islam) and 2010 (in a broad campaign against sites, YouTube among them, being used to promote an event encouraging people to draw photos of Muhammad).

The Pakistani government lifted its current ban in December, claiming it had blocked Innocence of Muslims, but people quickly found ways to access the video.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]


David Vranicar is a freelance journalist and author of The Lost Graduation: Stepping off campus and into a crisis. You can check out his ECT News archive here, and you can email him at david[dot]vranicar[at]newsroom[dot]ectnews[dot]com.


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