Online Global Week in Review 8 May 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

EU Commissioner Viviane Reding pushes for ICANN to become fully private and independent company (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!) (IPKat)

European Parliament vetoes telecoms reform, demands court order for ISP disconnection (Out-Law) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist) (Intellectual Property Watch) (Ars Technica) (The IP Factor) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

European Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva publish ‘Digital Agenda’ calling for harmonised copyright law and EU-wide copyright licences (Out-Law) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica)

US targets Canada over copyright in Special 301 Report (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Michael Geist)

 
Global
Global – General

IP value is 1% of the offline value on the internet (Innovationpartners)

 
Global – Trade Marks

Brand owners propose measures to protect brand owners when new gTLD are launched (Managing Intellectual Property)

‘Bring the UDRP back to its roots’ says the National Arbitration Forum Internet Legal Counsel (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!)

Google changes trade mark policy: lets advertisers buy rivals’ trade marks as keywords in 194 countries (Out-Law) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google and the value of brand advertising (IP finance)

Nokia and iPhone; strong, famous and hip? (IP finance)

Can you make micro-money with micro-blogging? (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!)

 
Canada

US targets Canada over copyright in Special 301 Report (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Michael Geist)

Federal Court awards $250,000 to Microsoft over sale of two computers with unauthorised copies of Microsoft software: Microsoft v PC Village et al (Excess Copyright)

CIRA: Complaint dismissed, costs awarded against complainant for ‘reverse domain name hijacking’: Globe Media Corporation v Bonfire Development (ipblog.ca)

Globe and Robertson settle copyright class action over rights of freelance writers and use of their work in electronic databases (Michael Geist)

IFPI links Canada-EU free trade negotiations with copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Canada’s pitiful open source activity ranking (Michael Geist)

C-61: A speculative documentary (Michael Geist)

 
Europe

Commissioner Viviane Reding pushes for ICANN to become fully private and independent company (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!) (IPKat)

European Parliament vetoes telecoms reform, demands court order for ISP disconnection (Out-Law) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist) (Intellectual Property Watch) (Ars Technica) (The IP Factor)

European Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva publish ‘Digital Agenda’ calling for harmonised copyright law and EU-wide copyright licences (Out-Law) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica)

More amicus briefs submitted to Registrar of Enlarged Board of Appeal in case G3/08 concerning patentability of computer-implemented inventions (BLOG@IP::JUR) (BLOG@IP::JUR) (IPKat) (Managing Intellectual Property)

eYouGuide – New EU guide to online rights (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica)

Same old directive, new number – Directive 2009/24/EC on legal protection of computer programs (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

 
France

Web designer opposes France’s ‘3 strikes’ law, loses job (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

 
Germany

Pirate Party banned from social networking site StudiVZ (TorrentFreak)

 
Italy

Italian Pirate Bay in the making (TorrentFreak)

 
Netherlands

Mininova filter copyright infringing torrents (TorrentFreak)

 
New Zealand

Five things New Zealand’s copyright law rewrite must cover (Ars Technica)

 
Spain

USTR Special 301 Report – Obama wants Spain to ban BitTorrent sites (TorrentFreak)

ISPs and copyright holders fail to reach piracy agreement (TorrentFreak)

 
Sweden

Pirate Party 3rd largest political party in Sweden (TorrentFreak)

IFPI goes after torrent site hosting providers (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

UK government U-turn on Digital Rights Agency (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

Dr P Akester publishes paper ‘Technological accommodation of conflicts between freedom of expression and DRM’ (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

IPO approves software patent for UK in application brought by Nokia (Out-Law)

 
United States
US General

H R 1319 The Informed P2P User Act wants to know when you’re sharing files, but will drown you in pop-ups (Public Knowledge)

FTC probe may force Apple/Google board members to part ways (Ars Technica)

 

US Patent Reform

Google’s sea-based data centre patent highlights the narrow focus of the company’s call for patent reform (Promote the Progress)

Video: Intel, startups debate patent reform efforts (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

 
US Patents – Decisions

BPAI precedential opinion: Software ‘means’ must disclose algorithmic structure: Ex Parte Catlin (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (Hal Wegner)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Bilski – PTO files brief opposing certiorari in Bilski (Inventive Step) (Hal Wegner)

 
US Copyright

White House photos – Does the public need a license to use? (EFF)

DC DMCA exemption hearings at the Copyright Office (Public Knowledge)

Apple’s censorship makes the case for DMCA exemptions on ‘jailbreaking’ (EFF)

MPAA: teachers should videotape monitors, not rip DVDs (Ars Technica)

The Associated Press and the ‘hot news’ controversy (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – American Library Association, Association of Research Librarians, Public Knowledge comment on Google book settlement (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

Google – Opt in period extended, DoJ antitrust enquiry initiated into Google Book Search settlement agreement (IPKat)

National Organisation for Marriage – Perez Hilton and Miss USA pageant angry over use of clips in new advertisement by NOM; YouTube restores a fair use (Ars Technica) (EFF)

RIAA – RIAA continue to file lawsuits against individual file-swappers, contradicting its earlier statements (Ars Technica)

 
US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Oscar hosts sue Indian-based 007 Productions in response to their attempt to sell http://www.Oscars100.com domain (BLT)

Google – Holes in Android Data company history could help Google in Android trade mark lawsuit (Ars Technica) (The Trademark Blog)

Google – Bob Cumbow on Rescuecom keyword advertising case (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Zillow – Zillow.com offers to buy iZillow.net domain name for $250 (TechFlash)

 

 

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