Online GWiR 5 December 2008 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included: content now under creative commons license (EFF) (Creative Commons) (Lessig) (Michael Geist) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (Techdirt) (Creative Commons)

DMCA exemption petitions (ContentAgenda) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (EFF) (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log) (ContentAgenda)



Global – Copyright

New Firefox extension turns into illegal free-for-all (CNET), (TorrentFreak)

Business Software Alliance intercepts auctions selling pirated software worth combined US$22 million (Afro-IP)

Valve says DRM is stupid, but Microsoft still doesn’t get it (Ars Technica)


Global – Trade marks

New .tel domains bid to be world’s phone book (Out-Law)

GoDaddy uses Standard Tactics to warehouse domains (TechCrunch)



MovieX BitTorrent tracker shut down by Australian police (TorrentFreak)

Film companies test ISP liability for online copyright infringement in Australia (Managing Intellectual Property)



Official website of Bulgarian President now available under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivs license (Creative Commons)



Microsoft obtains Federal Court order imposing $100,000 award against Quebec man for selling counterfeit software in violation of earlier order (Michael Geist)



Japan sake brewers’ hangover after Chinese trade mark squatting (IP Dragon)

Nanchang: internet cafes required to switch to legal software (IP Dragon)

New face at Baidu awaits considerable intellectual property conflicts (IP Dragon)

Piracy distributes Guns N’ Roses album in China (IP Dragon)



European trade marks in a virtual world (Class 46)

European Council rejects EU Parliament’s amendment against three strikes rule (Techdirt) (TorrentFreak)


New Zealand

Director of Auckland internet cafe charged with illegally distributing movies on his public computers (ContentAgenda)


South Africa

Tribute site domain name infringed Citroën’s trade mark rights (International Law Office)


United Kingdom

Interflora sues Marks & Spencer over Google keywords (Out-Law)

UK consumers, Big Content battle over three-strikes rules (Ars Technica)

Senior citizens among those receiving questionable copyright infringement presettlement letters over alleged of P2P downloading of porn (Ars Technica)

Atari backs away from Davenport Lyons, as more innocent threat letters are uncovered (Techdirt)


United States


Statutory damages should bear some relation to actual damages suffered: Yurman v Castaneda (Recording Industry vs The People) (Techdirt) content now under creative commons license (EFF) (Creative Commons) (Lessig) (Michael Geist) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (Techdirt) (Creative Commons)

DMCA exemption petitions (ContentAgenda) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (EFF) (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log) (ContentAgenda)

Inside views: the man who took on the music industry – Ray Beckerman (Intellectual Property Watch)

Warner pitches music tax to universities: you pay, we stop suing (Techdirt)

RIAA sues transplant patient (Recording Industry vs The People)

Usenet claims dropped in file-sharing suit filed by 14 recording companies including Sony BMG and Virgin Records (Law360)

Apple adds digital piracy claim to Psystar suit (Law360) (Law360)

MPAA: opposition to selectable output control ‘astonishing’ (Ars Technica) (Techdirt)


Trade Marks

Jewellery company quest to expand trade mark law could quash internet commerce: EFF urges court to reject appeal in Tiffany v eBay (EFF)

Tech bloggers mine PTO and WHOIS databases for clues about KUMO brand (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Yahoo countersues American Airlines for declaratory judgment (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)



‘Patent Hawk’ lawsuit was an inside job, says Microsoft: Odom v Microsoft (The Prior Art) (Patent Prospector)   



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