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IP Think Tank Global Week in Review Online Edition – 14 November 2008

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Highlights this week included:

Broadcasting Treaty at the 17th session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (EFF)

Canada – Conservatives’ support for dropping private copying levy and reactions from copyright community (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

First Amendment bars trade mark infringement claims regarding fictionalised ‘Pig Pen’ strip club in game ‘Grand Auto Theft’: ESS Entertainment 2000 v Rock Star (IP Law Observer) (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log), (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Techdirt) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer) (Law360)

 
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Broadcasting Treaty at the 17th session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (EFF)

$185,000 to apply for your own gTLD (Managing Intellectual Property)

The rocky legal landscape of virtual worlds, Part 1: Trade marks (TechNewsWorld)

Auditude piracy-profit technology to be trialled (IP finance)

MGM to put some complete movies and TV shows on YouTube – Online movie distribution should be widespread, not focused on specific sites (Techdirt)

Live Nation to sell major label unprotected MP3s on artist pages (Content Agenda)

 
Canada

New media requires new thinking on cultural policy (Michael Geist)

Conservatives’ support for dropping private copying levy and reactions from copyright community (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Canadian copyright reform in The Globe (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Update on Getty Images legal action against alleged unauthorised use of their images on others’ websites (Excess Copyright)

SAC proposal debated at Nova Scotia music week (Michael Geist)

Cory Doctorow explains ‘Why I Copyfight’ (Michael Geist)

 
China

Intermediate People’s Court Xi’an to hear commences patent infringement proceedings brought against Microsoft over RSS technology (Law360)

China says: If you must infringe on copyrights, use Baidu (Techdirt)

 
Europe

 User-created content shows uncertainty in EU copyright law (Intellectual Property Watch)

 
Italy

Italy moves forward with plan to prosecute Google executives over online video (Techdirt)

 
Japan

Japanese anime studios suing heavy downloaders; unprecedented step by rights owners likely to see public backlash (Content Agenda)

 
Korea

Korea close on ‘graduated response’ Bill aimed at copyright infringers (Intellectual Property Watch)

 
New Zealand

Copyright law seen as stifling creative voice – Library Association and section 92A Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act (Content Agenda)

Circumventing down under – Copyright Amendment Act 2008 (Content Agenda)

 
South Korea

Warner Bros to shut down DVD operations in South Korea because of internet piracy (Content Agenda)

 
United Kingdom

UKIPO’s latest thoughts on software patents: Symbian Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents (IPKat) (I/P Updates)

Can you serve legal documents over MySpace? (IPKat)

 
United States

An innovation agenda for the new administration (EFF)

10 years of the DMCA: (Part 8 – Public Knowledge) (Safe harbour provisions – Public Knowledge) (Trailer – Public Knowledge)

Why US website owners should watch foreign suits (Law360)

Copyright Alliance begs Supreme Court to make remote DVRs illegal (Techdirt)

First Amendment bars trade mark infringement claims regarding fictionalised ‘Pig Pen’ strip club in game ‘Grand Auto Theft’: ESS Entertainment 2000 v Rock Star (IP Law Observer) (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log), (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Techdirt) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer) (Law360)

The best bit of the Google book settlement (Ars Technica)

Google faces patent extortion from Russian company Era Vodoleya (Techdirt)

Blogger who uploaded Guns ‘n Roses album pleads guilty, accepts deal (Techdirt) (Ars Technica)

Students dropping out of school to pay RIAA settlement fees? (Techdirt)

Harvard’s Charlie Nesson raises Constitutional questions in RIAA litigation (ZDNet Government)

Head’s up RIAA: engage these kids passions: don’t sue your market for heaven’s sake (IP ADR Blog)

Electronic Arts sued repeatedly of DRM (Techdirt) (Ars Technica)

United Features realises that setting comics free online makes sense (Techdirt)

Do the new SEC rules on linking violate section 230 safe harbours? (Techdirt)

American University’s Center for Social Media releases code of best practices for fair use in media literacy education (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log) (Ars Technica) (creativecommons.org)

Microsoft employee admits that patent disclosure is a myth (Techdirt)

Microsoft and the AZURE trade mark (Saunders & Silverstein)

Apple seeks to have Psystar’s antitrust counterclaims thrown out in copyright battle over Apple’s Macintosh operating system (Law360)

 

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