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IP Think Tank Global Week in Review Online Edition – Friday, 26 September 2008

Here is IP Think Tank’s weekly selection of top Online intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and internet.

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Highlights this week included:

Public Citizen, EFF, Citizen Media Law Project amici brief supporting dismissal of Jones Day’s trade mark infringement suit against Blockshopper.com; Electronic Frontier Foundation: claim that consent needed for linking is ‘preposterous’ (EFF) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (Law360)

New royalty agreement leaves internet radio out in the cold (Techdirt) (Law360) (Ars Technica)

Spanish appellate court rules that deep linking to infringing content is not infringing (Techdirt)

Electronic Arts relents, changes Spore DRM (Techdirt) (IMPACT) (Ars Technica)

 
Global

Activists declare 24 September ‘Stop Software Patents Day’ (Patent Prospector) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (Out-Law)

Speculators registering bank merger domain names (The Trademark Blog)

Domain names as property (SOLO Independent IP Practitioners)
Study on how Adwords affect brands (Class 46)

WIPO arbitration panel rules ‘schlaemmerblog.tv’ and ‘schlaemmerhatgolf.tv’ registered and used in bad faith and orders their transfer to German comedian Hans Peter Kerkeling (Class 46)

Guidelines for web site terms of use (IP Spotlight)

IBM threatens to review tech standards policy (IP finance)

IP protection and the internet (Law360)

 
Canada

Canada risks missing out on open access momentum (Michael Geist)

Canadian Ministers of Education Canada reaffirm call for copyright internet exception (Michael Geist)

 
Europe

Creative content online – at the crossroads (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

 
Hong Kong

 Officials in Hong Kong arrest 14 year old for music sharing (Techdirt)

 
Italy

Court says Italy can’t block The Pirate Bay (Techdirt)

 
Spain

Appellate court rules that deep linking to infringing content is not infringing (Techdirt)

 
Swaziland

Swazi monarch hails information superhighway as path to knowledge and skills transfer (Afro-IP)

 
Sweden

Sony Ericsson extending PlayNow Arena to include optional unlimited music download subscription service (Ars Technica)

 
United Kingdom

UK government allows Phorm clickstream tracking but explanation and opt-out must be offered (Techdirt)

Police stop Phorm investigation, as they don’t see any criminal behaviour (Techdirt)

 
United States

Senate boldly advances to 2005 with updated Web linking rules (Ars Technica)

Bandwidth settles patent dispute with Voxpath over VoIP technology (Law360)

Public Citizen, EFF, Citizen Media Law Project amici brief supporting dismissal of Jones Day’s trade mark infringement suit against Blockshopper.com; Electronic Frontier Foundation: claim that consent needed for linking is ‘preposterous’ (EFF) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (Law360)

Electronic Arts relents, changes Spore DRM (Techdirt) (IMPACT) (Ars Technica)

Iffy claims mar new class-action lawsuit over Spore DRM (Ars Technica)

Electronic Arts skirts first-sale doctrine with limits on resale of Spore (Ars Technica)

Federal judge dismisses some claims, keeps others in copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation suit filed by CA against Rocket Software over source code for database administration software (Law360)

Google, Yahoo, AOL lose bid to toss Polaris suit over patents for electronic message interpretation systems (Law360)

‘Larry, Sergey and me’: third Google ‘founder’ emerges (Ars Technica)

 MBAs being taught to fight open source by offering closed source alternatives? (Techdirt)

Muxtape may be dead, but it lives on through its children (Ars Technica)

New royalty agreement leaves internet radio out in the cold (Techdirt) (Law360) (Ars Technica)

RealDVD supposed to be first legal way to rip DVDs to hard disk (Copyfight)

Stockwire Research Group awarded approximately $3M under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act for unauthorised dissemination of a documentary on YouTube (Law360)

Coalition of technology companies and digital rights groups comment on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to US Trade Representative (IP Justice)

Google comments to US Trade Representative on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) (IP Justice)

Chrome antics: did Google reverse-engineer Windows? (Ars Technica)

MySpace Music web streaming music from all 4 big music labels, and an independent distributor (Ars Technica)

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