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Online GWiR 12 December 2008 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Bopaboo: market for used MP3s (Techdirt) (TorrentFreak) (Tech Law Advisor) (CNet)

Open Innovation Network unveils Linux Defenders to protect open source from patent suits by establishing prior art and participating in patent peer review (Ars Technica) (Securing Innovation)

UK consumer group files complaint with Solicitors Regulatory Authority against Davenport Lyons alleging ‘excessive bullying’ in file sharing copyright matters (Ars Technica) (Techdirt)

US music labels open to collective licensing on campus (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt)

 

 

Global

 

Global – General

UN Internet Governance Forum 2008: Friends and foes, but more friends (Intellectual Property Watch)

 

Global – Copyright

Microsoft targets piracy in global lawsuits (ContentAgenda) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Google to add magazines to online database (Law360) (Ars Technica)

How Hollywood studios promote file trading: delete movies off digital shelves (Public Knowledge)

FrostWire P2P client starts artist promotion (TorrentFreak)

Spore’s DRM so effective it was the most downloaded game of the year (Techdirt)

 

Global – Trade Marks

Interbrand annual survey: Google most valuable brand (Catch Us If You Can!!!)

 

Global – Patents

Open Innovation Network unveils Linux Defenders to protect open source from patent suits by establishing prior art and participating in patent peer review (Ars Technica) (Securing Innovation)

 

Bulgaria

RARBG, ArenaBG and other BitTorrent trackers forced to shut down or relocate following police action (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

 

Cameroon

Third-level domain names come to Cameroon (Afro-IP)

 

 

Canada

 

Copyright Board raises private copying levy on blank CDs (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

CRTC new media hearing – three battleground issues: new ISP levy; new media regulatory exemption; net neutrality (Michael Geist)

 

China

What to do when your .cn domain is already taken (Intellectual Property Law Blog)

Yet another case (maybe) against Baidu under Antimonopoly Law (Chinese Law Prof Blog)

 

Europe

Dutch software dealer files complaint with European Commission arguing Microsoft’s European pricing policy violates antitrust laws (ZDNet Australia)

 

France

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center appointed panellist orders transfer of inpi.com to French Trade Mark Office (Class 46)

 

Sweden

Pirate parties are ‘a classic civil rights movement’ (TorrentFreak)

 

United Kingdom

DigiProtect, represented by Davenport Lyons, sends letters to thousands of internet users demanding £500 for allegedly using file-sharing networks to download porn film (IPKat) (Techdirt)

Alleged file-sharers: why the Information Commissioner has let you down – guest post from Michael Coyle of Lawdit Solicitors (TorrentFreak)

UK consumer group files complaint with Solicitors Regulatory Authority against Davenport Lyons alleging ‘excessive bullying’ in file sharing copyright matters (Ars Technica) (Techdirt)

IPO gives further guidance on patentability of computer programs in light of Symbian (IPKat)

 

United States

US – Copyright

Bopaboo: market for used MP3s (Techdirt) (TorrentFreak) (Tech Law Advisor) (CNet)

What the MPAA wants from Obama: 3 strikes, Canada crackdown (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist) (EFF)

Labels open to collective licensing on campus (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt)

Progress & Freedom Foundation says Boston University helps terrorists by not handing over students to RIAA (Techdirt)

DMCA review and iPhones (IPKat)

Google book digitisation settlement: fair use question remains (Intellectual Property Law Blog)

Software & Information Industry Alliance files eight lawsuits against sellers of fake Adobe software on Amazon.com, iOffer.com and eBay (ContentAgenda)

 

US – Trade Marks

EFF and Public Citizen amicus brief in Tiffany v eBay (EFF) (The Trademark Blog)

Keyword ads and other marketing supports remote jurisdiction: Market America v Optihealth (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Former eBay chief, Meg Whitman loses claim for megwhitman2010.com and four other domains that she argues exploit her fame (Out-Law)

 

US – Patents

CAFC affirms narrow construction of ‘internet billing method’: Netcraft v eBay (Hal Wegner) (Law360) (Patently-O) (Promote the Progress)

CAFC upholds lower court’s decision to deny preliminary injunction sought by iLOR, which claims Google’s Notebook application infringes its hyperlink patent (Law360) (Hal Wegner)

Spangenberg lawyers want to dig into Google’s patent reform efforts: Polaris IP v Google (The Prior Art) (The Prior Art) (Techdirt)

Did Patent Hawk violate contracts in suing Microsoft? (Techdirt)

Friendster granted social networking patent (Saunders & Silverstein)

Partial win for both Cordance and Amazon in ‘one click’ Markman order (Law360)

Leon Stambler launches patent suit against numerous major banks over their secure online banking services; Federal judge approves dismissal of UBS Financial Services (Law360) (Law360)

Federal judge denies Girafa’s motion for preliminary injunction in lawsuit accusing Yahoo, Amazon and others of infringing its patent for providing thumbnail images in web searches (Law360)

Federal judge rules Oracle did not infringe Parallel Networks’ two patents for dynamic web sites (Law360)

Advanced Micro Devices latest to settle MPEG-2 patent suit (Law360)

 

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