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Online GWiR 27 February 2009 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Pirate Bay trial updates: Peter Sunde says 80% of Pirate Bay’s torrents legal; Gottfrid Svartholm explains how ‘warez scene’ works; Finreactor case; charges altered again; Pirate Bay manifesto (ContentAgenda) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Media Wonk) (Techdirt) (Techdirt) (ContentAgenda)

New Zealand P2P disconnection plan delayed after outcry; RIANZ continues pressure for three strikes law (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (Public Knowledge) (Media Wonk) (TorrentFreak) (ContentAgenda) (Techdirt) (Out-Law) (Managing Intellectual Property)

 

Global

Global – General

Path forward for UN-led internet governance forum discussed (Intellectual Property Watch)

 
Global – Copyright

How to kill the music industry (TorrentFreak)

Business models, free music and pay-for-options: the Spotify site (IP finance)

Open source software and the covenant-condition dichotomy (Internet Cases)

Facebook’s monetarisation strategy (Lightbulb)

Mark Zuckerberg on the Facebook content brouhaha (The Trademark Blog)

Facebook controversy – are human readable deeds the solution? (Ip’s What’s Up)

Questions on social content ownership after Facebook policy changes (Intellectual Property Watch)

TweetCC lets you CC license your Twitter feed (Creative Commons)

 
Global – Trade Marks

ICANN report: new gTLD program riddled with problems, delayed (Ars Technica)

Spare parts seller found to have legitimate interests in volvospares.com (Out-Law)

 
Global – Patents

Free Software Foundation announces funding for End Software Patents project (BLOG@IP::JUR) (IAM)

Inventors hall of fame class of 2009 (IP Watchdog)

 
Canada

Cybersquatter targets MP Keith Ashfield (Canadian Trademark Blog)

Quebecor opens door to Canadian three strikes policy (Michael Geist)

Net neutrality and access to P2P debate (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (ContentAgenda)

 
China

IP policies abound for China net firms (China Hearsay)

 
Egypt

Intel pledges support for Egypt in cyberpeace initiative (Afro-IP)

 
Europe

Google applies to participate as third party in European Commission’s effort to regulate browser market and unbundle Internet Explorer from Microsoft’s Windows operating system (Ars Technica)

EPO seeks comments on patentability of computer programs (Daily Dose of IP)

 
France

French legislature puts finishing touches on ambitious file-sharing law (Intellectual Property Watch) (Techdirt)

 
Hong Kong

Copyright bosses to woo big online music stores (ContentAgenda)

 
India

Copyright infringement causes heavy loss to music business, says Indian Music Industry Secretary General (ContentAgenda)

 
Ireland

Music industry orders BitTorrent blackout; not without a court order says Eircom (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

 
Israel

Google Israel ordered to disclose user’s identification details in passing off case (The IP Factor)

 
Latvia

Police shut down Latvian BitTorrent trackers (TorrentFreak)

 
Mexico

Can a link, by itself, be copyright infringement? – ISPs take down 35 blogs in response to IFPI and MPA’s ‘infringing links’ charge (Techdirt)

TLDs under MX directly will be available again (RelatIP)

 
Netherlands

Sponsored links: questions referred to ECJ by the Dutch Supreme Court in Primakabin/Portakabin case (Class 46)

 
New Zealand

New Zealand P2P disconnection plan delayed after outcry; RIANZ continues pressure for three strikes law (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (Public Knowledge) (Media Wonk) (TorrentFreak) (ContentAgenda) (Techdirt) (Out-Law) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Kiwi ‘three strikes’ law countered with ‘internet blackout’ (Ars Technica)

 
Norway

Minister of Education wants to legalise file-sharing (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt)

Norway gets net neutrality – voluntary, but broadly supported (Ars Technica)

 
South Africa

Maker of Googly board game sues Google over its registration of google.co.za (Techdirt)

 
Sweden

Pirate Bay trial updates: Peter Sunde says 80% of Pirate Bay’s torrents legal; Gottfrid Svartholm explains how ‘warez scene’ works; Finreactor case; charges altered again; Pirate Bay manifesto (ContentAgenda) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Media Wonk) (Techdirt) (Techdirt) (ContentAgenda)

Political pirates: a history of Sweden’s Piratpartiet (Ars Technica)

 
United Kingdom

Open source, open standards and re-use: UK government action plan (BLOG@IP::JUR) (Ars Technica)

Digital Britain proposal puts ISPs in a dilemma (ContentAgenda)

An avoidable case of estoppels?: Kapur’s application (PatLit)

 

United States

US General

Microsoft IP boss promoted to Executive VP role (IAM)

Herdict – web-based tool collecting aggregate data on web blocking and filtering (Public Knowledge)

 
US General – Decisions

Clickwrap binding despite claim of no opportunity to read terms: Via Viente Taiwan LP v United Parcel Service, Inc (Internet Cases)

 
US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Mediation between Apple and Psystar supposedly leads nowhere (Ars Technica)

Google – Chairman of Association of American Publishers speculates about Amazon/Google e-book ‘duopoly’ (Ars Technica)

 
US Patents

Red Hat VP explains software patent threat at Linux expo (Ars Technica)

 
US Patents – Decisions

BPAI: Application for method and system for representing normalised XML data structure Bilskied, then stomped by Obzilla: Ex parte Sandeep Nawathe and Vaishali Angal (Patent Prospector)

Patent Office to reissue narrowed version of NeoMedia patent covering database lookups following challenge from EFF Patent Busting Project (EFF)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Autobytel – Patent infringement battle between rival websites operators Autobytel and Edmunds.com dismissed, based on lack of controversy (Law360)

Belden Technologies – Belden files patent infringement suit against Superior Essex over telecommunication cable technology (Law360)

Cisco Systems – Cisco asks to stay royalties talks in Telcordia IP suit (Law360)

Microsoft – CAFC: Thirteen companies including Procter & Gamble and 3M file amicus brief in support of Alcatel-Lucent in patent dispute appealed by Microsoft after order to pay $511.6 million (Law360) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Patent Prospector)

Microsoft – Microsoft files patent infringement suits, ITC complaint against TomTom over vehicle navigation Linux-based GPS systems (Patent Prospector) (Washington State Patent Law Blog) (Law360) (Out-Law) (BLOG@IP::JUR)

Microsoft – Microsoft’s patent sharing deals (RelatIP)

Nomadix – Nomadix wins injunction barring Second Rule from producing NetAcess wireless gateways (Law360)

Saxon Innovations – Saxon files new 337 complaint against Samsung regarding wireless communication devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 
US Copyright

Authors’ Guild New York Times op-ed ‘The Kindle Swindle?’ (Ars Technica) (Excess Copyright) (Techdirt)

Report on Digital Music Forum East – ISP liability for copyright infringement (Media Wonk) (Media Wonk)

Public Knowledge testifies to Congress on cable and satellite copyright (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: Website not sufficient to create personal jurisdiction: Richter v INSTAR Enterprises (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Associated Press – Hot news chills news reporting competition: Associated Press v All Headlines News (IP Think Tank) (The Prior Art) (Techdirt) (Out-Law)

Hawthorne, Derek and Moody, Owen – FBI tracks down Oscars BitTorrent uploaders (TorrentFreak

World Wrestling Entertainment – WWE wrestling down torrent links (Chilling Effects)

 
US Trade Marks – Decisions

District Court New Hampshire: Domaining registrar defeats cybersquatting lawsuit: Philbrick v eNom (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court N D Indiana: Guerrilla marketing under false pretences might be passing off: Heartland v Forest River (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Jones Day – Thoughts on Jones Day – BlockShopper settlement over web links (Citizen Media Law Project) (Ars Technica) (Out-Law)

Psion – Dell says ‘Netbook’ generic, seeks trade mark cancellation (Law360) (Techdirt) (IPblog.ca) (Out-Law)

 

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