IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – Online Edition – Friday, 31 October 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:

US publishers and Google settle copyright litigation over Google Book Search Library Project (The Trademark Blog) (Intellectual Property Watch) (EXCESS COPYRIGHT) (Law360) (Lessig Blog) (Michael Geist) (Out-Law) (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Copyfight) (Techdirt) (Law360) (IPKat) (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

10 years of Digital Millenium Copyright Act (Public Knowledge) (Techdirt) (Michael Geist) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge) (Techdirt) (EFF)

CAFC greatly limits software and business method patents: In re Bilksi (The IP ADR Blog) (Techdirt) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Hal Wegner) (Law360) (IAM) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (PLI) (PLI) (Patently-O) (Patent Prospector) (Anticipate This!) (Ars Technica)

EPO President Alison Brimelow asks Enlarged Board of Appeal to address questions about patentability of software in Europe (Hal Wegner) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (IAM) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Belgium: ISP Scarlet successfully overturns court order requiring it to use filter to stop file sharing (Techdirt) (Ars Technica) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Out-Law) (The Trademark Blog) (Out-Law)

 

Global

Ex-Kazaaer wants to turn pirates into paying companies with application that would offer would-be pirates with legal alternative when they attempt to download content (Ars Technica)

Harry Winston loses domain name dispute over Hairywinston.com: Harry Winston Inc & Harry Winston SA v Jennifer Katherman (Saunders + Silverstein LLP)

ICANN backs anti-tasting plan, sets bespoke domain price at $185,000 (Out-Law)

ICANN: IP policy for new TLDs (Class 46)

LaLa’s nono: using photos without authorisation? (Saunders + Silverstein LLP)

Microsoft Office will float to the cloud with Office Web (Ars Technica)

Microsoft to enter cloud computing market with Azure (Techdirt)

Microsoft’s interoperability push extends to messaging (Ars Technica)

MTV bleeps file sharing software out of music video (Techdirt)

MTV posts almost every music video ever (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist)

OECD releases latest broadband rankings (Michael Geist)

Once again, give it away and pray isn’t a business model (Techdirt)

Prince embracing new business models but attacking the tools that make them successful (Techdirt)

Should proprietary software companies be more concerned about open source or piracy? (Techdirt)

WIPO negotiations threaten exclusive ‘signal-based’ protection in broadcasting (Intellectual Property Watch)

WIPO’s role as provider of domain name dispute resolution services (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog)

Yahoo puts out the welcome mat, invites developers in (Ars Technica)

 

Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa: which operating software will dominate? (Afro-IP)

 

Australia

Australia’s internet filter: could legal content be banned too? (Ars Technica)

 

Belgium

ISP Scarlet successfully overturns court order requiring it to use filter to stop file sharing (Techdirt) (Ars Technica) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Out-Law) (The Trademark Blog) (Out-Law)

 

Cameroon

Second level domains in Cameroon: the race is on! (Afro-IP)

 

Canada

Supreme Court of British Columbia rules linking to content not republication in defamation case: Crookes v Wikimedia Foundation Inc (ipblog.ca) (EXCESS COPYRIGHT) (Michael Geist)

The fight for Canada’s digital future (Michael Geist)

Canadian podcasting royalty down but not out (Michael Geist)

 

China

Microsoft anti-piracy efforts: Chinese Windows users accuse Microsoft of hacking their computers (Techdirt)

 

Europe

EPO President Alison Brimelow asks Enlarged Board of Appeal to address questions about patentability of software in Europe (Hal Wegner) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (IAM) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Improbable match: open licences and collecting societies in Europe (Intellectual Property Watch)

P2P driftnet fishing returns to Europe, Scottish couple snagged (Ars Technica) (IPKat)

 

France

French domain names: first decision issued under new ‘Predec’ dispute resolution policy (Class 46)

 

Japan

Japanese mobile music site admins arrested for infringement (Ars Technica)

 

Russia

Russia realises that free software beats sending principals to Siberia for piracy: all schools to use free software (Techdirt)

Google’s antitrust problems not just in the US (Techdirt)

 

South Africa

Alternative dispute resolution body for South Africa finds domain name parking can be abusive registration: Mxit Lifestyle Pty Ltd v Andre Steyn (Afro-IP)

 

Sweden

Sweden trying to update copyright laws (regarding file-sharing); may face a fight (Techdirt)

 

Turkey

Blogger.com banned in Turkey for linking to pirated sports transmissions (The Trademark Blog)

 

United Kingdom

Davenport Lyons video game piracy shakedown catching plenty of innocent bystanders (Techdirt)

 

United States

CAFC greatly limits software and business method patents: In re Bilksi (The IP ADR Blog) (Techdirt) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Hal Wegner) (Law360) (IAM) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (PLI) (PLI) (Patently-O) (Patent Prospector) (Anticipate This!) (Ars Technica)

Judge rejects woman’s request to jury trial, orders her to pay RIAA: Maverick v Harper (Techdirt)

US publishers and Google settle copyright litigation over Google Book Search Library Project (The Trademark Blog) (Intellectual Property Watch) (EXCESS COPYRIGHT) (Law360) (Lessig Blog) (Michael Geist) (Out-Law) (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Copyfight) (Techdirt) (Law360) (IPKat) (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

Hoang v. Reunion.com sidesteps an eagerly anticipated legal dispute over legality of commercial address book scraping and ‘send-to-a-friend’ emails(Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

10 years of Digital Millenium Copyright Act (Public Knowledge) (Techdirt) (Michael Geist) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge) (Techdirt) (EFF)

10 years of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 (Public Knowledge)

Brian Berlandi’s essay ‘What State am I in: Common Law Trademarks on the Internet’ (The Trademark Blog)

Bryan Adams sends WebSheriff after fan sites (Techdirt) (Canadian Trademark Blog)

California court gives favourable ruling on tax status of bundled software (IP finance)

Facebook using DMCA notices to takedown private videos? (Techdirt)

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft unveil new code of conduct for net censorship ‘Global Network Initiative’ (EFF) (Ars Technica)

Google opens new front in battle over Viacom’s ‘copyright cop’ (The Trademark Blog)

Hollywood menaces DVD rental kiosks: Redbox sues Universal Studios for antitrust violations (Techdirt) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Law360) (EFF) (Techdirt)

If the handbag industry took after the MPAA (Techdirt)

Is Google liable for typosquatting domains that use AdSense? (Techdirt)

Online political ad for William Russell uses CC-licensed photo without crediting photographer (Public Knowledge)

Public Knowledge launches new online resource for musicians – NYMusicCopyright.org (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

RIAA defendant Joel Tenenbaum attracts help of Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson and class of cyberlaw students (Techdirt) (Ars Technica)

RIAA tactics slammed by Judge Nancy Gertner (Techdirt)

Search engine cache does not infringe copyright: Gordon Roy Parker v Yahoo! (Law360) (Techdirt)

White space lobbying fast and furious as Bill Gates joins in (Ars Technica)

‘White spaces’ debate shows blocking progress is what broadcasters do best (Public Knowledge)

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