Online Global Week in Review 1 May 09 from IP Think Tank

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:

District Court S D New York grants authors four more months to decide whether to participate in Google Book Search settlement; Department of Justice begin enquiry in antitrust implications of settlement (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Excess Copyright) (Out-Law) (EFF)

Microsoft – Linux activists take on Microsoft with TomTom patent prior art hunt; Microsoft invites TomTom to reveal settlement terms after OIN chief’s claims (Out-Law) (IAM) (Ars Technica)

Taiwan bans torrent sites, brings in 3 strikes for file-sharers (TorrentFreak) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Global
Global – General

IP Think Tank podcast interview with ‘Burning the Ships’ authors Marshall Phelps and David Kline (IP Think Tank)

Book review: ‘Burning the Ships’ (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

 
Global – Copyright

Zeno Clash game developer leaves comments on torrent sites announcing it will not try to stop piracy (TorrentFreak)

Copyright, piracy and the abuse of statistics (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

RCRD LBL.com curated online community for artists, labels and fans to share, talk about music (Copyfight)

App store: The long tail or Trojan horse? (IP finance)

Why pirates buy more music and music labels fail (TorrentFreak)

RIAA’s hostile takeover of the internet (TorrentFreak)

Google custom search cuts uTorrent off (TorrentFreak)

 
Global – Trade Marks

US National Telecommunications and Information Administration seeks comments on letting go of internet control (Intellectual Property Watch)

 
Australia

Hot TV Guides, anyone?: IceTV v Nine Network (IP Think Tank) (Allens Arthur Robinson) (Managing Intellectual Property)

 
Canada

Quebec Superior Court judge approves class action copyright case concerning inclusion of freelance articles in online database: Electronic-Rights Defence Committee v Southam Inc (ipblog.ca)

CIRA domain name dispute panel finds reverse hijacking in case involving forsale.ca (Michael Geist)

Canadian music pirates of 1897 (BoingBoing) (Excess Copyright) (Innovationpartners)

 
China

Google offers free music downloads in China (S&F)

SARFT: Films without licenses should not be spread through the internet in China (S&F)

 
Denmark

Danish Pirate Bay block sets sail for Supreme Court (TorrentFreak)

 
Europe

EU stakeholders debate copyright, access and artists in digital age (Intellectual Property Watch)

Enlarged Board of Appeal case G3/08 regarding patentability of computer-related inventions (BLOG@IP::JUR) (IPKat)

EU gets official Microsoft response to IE antitrust charges (Ars Technica)

 
France

France reintroduces three-strikes law, clash with EU likely (Ars Technica)

 
Germany

Rapidshare shares uploader info with rights holders (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

 
Hungary

‘Bad’ BitTorrent and warez sites raided by police (TorrentFreak)

 
Malaysia

SuperFundo torrent site shut down by government (TorrentFreak)

 
Spain

Spanish sentence another linker sinker (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Sweden

Swedish Pirate Party heading for EU Parliament according to major Swedish newspaper poll (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay IP addresses assigned to prosecution lawyers (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay prosecution law firm website under attack (TorrentFreak)

Mixed review of Swedish Pirate Bay jail sentences (Intellectual Property Watch)

‘Pirate Google’ sets sail to show copyright hypocrisy (Ars Technica)

IFPI publishes English translation of Pirate Bay judgment (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica)

Swedish ISPs obstruct new anti-piracy legislation (TorrentFreak)

Second Swedish ISP, Tele2, decides not to keep IP address logs (Ars Technica)

Moderate Party MP urges his ISP to delete customers’ personal data (TorrentFreak)

 
Taiwan

Taiwan bans torrent sites, brings in 3 strikes for file-sharers (TorrentFreak) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

 
United Kingdom

IP minister rules out ‘three strikes’ disconnection law (Out-Law) (Excess Copyright)

BBC rehashes MPAA propaganda (TorrentFreak)

 
United States
US Patents – Decisions

District Court Massachusetts: Limelight uses Muniauction decision to escape infringement of internet patent: Akamai Technologies, Inc v Limelight Networks (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

District Court E D Texas: Apple found guilty of wilful patent infringement, ordered to pay $19 million to Opti (Ars Technica) (EDTexweblog.com)

 District Court E D Texas: Jury finds patent invalidity and noninfringement: Versata Software v Sun Microsystems (EDTexweblog.com)

ITC initial determination of patent validity, non infringement in matter brought by IBM against ASUSTeK Computer and ASUS Computer International (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Microsoft – Linux activists take on Microsoft with TomTom patent prior art hunt; Microsoft invites TomTom to reveal settlement terms after OIN chief’s claims (Out-Law) (IAM) (Ars Technica)

Qualcomm – Qualcomm, Broadcom come to agreement on terms in with prejudice settlement over longstanding dispute over patents and royalties (PatLit) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Saxon Innovations – ITC investigations 337-TA-673 and 337-TA-667 consolidated, both involve Saxon as the complainant (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 
US Copyright

Official White House Flickr stream – Why did the White House choose attribution and not public domain? (Creative Commons)

Copyright Office hearing on proposed exemptions to DMCA ban on DRM circumvention (EFF) (Ars Technica)

Open educational resources and implementation of the US Recovery Act (Creative Commons)

Twitter and the DMCA: A fine mess (The Trademark Blog)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple sued by BluWiki operator OdioWorks, seeking declaratory judgment that its postings do not violate DMCA (Ars Technica) (EFF)

Google – District Court S D New York grants authors four more months to decide whether to participate in Google Book Search settlement; Department of Justice begin enquiry in antitrust implications of settlement (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Excess Copyright) (Out-Law) (EFF)

RealDVD – RealDVD v DVD-CCA hearing begins (EFF)

RIAA – Four years and two lawsuits later RIAA settles for $7000 against single mum Patricia Santangelo and her children (Ars Technica) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

Savage, Michael – Michael Savage’s takedown letter regarding use of excerpts of his anti-Muslim tirade might violate 512(f): Brave New Media v Weiner (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Warner Music – Warner Music hits Lessig video with DMCA takedown (Ars Technica)

Wikimedia Foundation – Wikipedia Art dispute pits artists against Wikimedia Foundation (Ars Technica)

 
US Trade Marks – Decisions

District Court Massachusetts: ‘little question that the purchase of a trademarked keyword to trigger sponsored links constitutes “use” within the meaning of the Lanham Act’: Hearts on Fire Co v Blue Nile, Inc (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court S D New York rejects request for dismissal based on lack of use in commerce in keyword advertising case: Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal, Inc v Assara I LLC (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Likelihood of Confusion)

District Court N D California establishes jurisdiction over defendant in keyword advertising case, ‘defendant intended to lure internet users to its website, including California residents’ : American Automobile Association v Darba Enterprises (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court E D Virginia: Promatek redux: Software consultant enjoined from metatag usage and other trade mark references: Deltek v Iuvo (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 

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