Online Global Week in Review 22 May 2009 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Argentina copyright case brings access to education into the spotlight – Philosophy professor sued for copyright infringement for posting translated version of Derrida work on website (Intellectual Property Watch) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (IP tango)

FTD takes anti-piracy trade association BREIN to court to establish where Dutch law stands on P2P downloading (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay lawyers accuse ‘Swedish courts of secretly steering the case to a hostile judge’;  Big Content appeals Pirate Bay case seeking greater damages and adding a new legal charge (WIRED) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

 
Global

Global – General

World Summit on the Information Society Forum – UN internet governance panel urges infrastructure, education on access to knowledge (Intellectual Property Watch)

 
Global – Copyright

Wikipedia community votes 75% in favour of CC BY-SA (Creative Commons)

The ‘skinny tail’ of music downloading – report by Will Page, Eric Garland (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

Content industry still seeks digital model as enforcement focus persists (Intellectual Property Watch)

 
Global – Trade Marks

ICANN announces further delay to limitless domain plan (Out-Law)

WIPO panel orders transfer of actimelon.com to Danone (Class 46)

WIPO sole panellist accepts complaint against defendant’s unofficialblackberrystore.com domain: RIM v One Star Global (Class 46)

Liverpool, Manchester United, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham first companies to band together to win case under UDRP at WIPO (Out-Law)

Count down to new gTLDs (Managing Intellectual Property)

 
Argentina

Argentina copyright case brings access to education into the spotlight – Philosophy professor sued for copyright infringement for posting translated version of Derrida work on website (Intellectual Property Watch) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (IP tango)

 
Australia

Are Australian trade marks the best on the internet? (IP Think Tank)

Studios urge ISP iiNet to admit piracy, stop wasting court’s time (TorrentFreak)

 
Canada

Globe and Mail’s Download Decade looks at ethics of piracy (Michael Geist)

Another substantial award of damages for counterfeit goods: Microsoft Corp v PC Village Co Ltd (Canadian Trademark Blog)

Vancouver moves toward becoming open city (Michael Geist)

 
China

Microsoft’s IP deal with city of Hangzhou (China Hearsay)

 
Europe

Fourth question referred to ECJ in ‘bananabay’ sponsored links case: Eis.de GmbH v BBY Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH (Class 46) (IPKat)

G3/08 – amicus curiae briefs now available (EPO)

 
France

L’Oreal case highlights split over online liability (Managing Intellectual Property)

 
Kenya

Battle of the ring tones: boon for artists (IP Kenya)

 
Lithuania

Appellate Court of Lithuania: company name vs domain name: UAB Baldu centras v UAB Neiseris (LAWIN)

 
Netherlands

FTD takes anti-piracy trade association BREIN to court to establish where the law stands on P2P downloading (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Survey by current affair TV program reveals downloading habits of local youth (TorrentFreak)

 
Spain

‘Spanish Napster’ Pablo Soto sued for unfair competition (TorrentFreak)

 
Sweden

Pirate Bay lawyers accuse ‘Swedish courts of secretly steering the case to a hostile judge’ (WIRED) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Big Content appeals Pirate Bay case seeking greater damages and adding a new legal charge (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

BSA’s Sweden piracy stats entirely estimated (Michael Geist)

 
United Kingdom

Featured Artists Coalition speaks out against proposal to legislate ISP disconnection of alleged pirates; calls three-strikes lobbying ‘shameful’ (TorrentFreak) (Out-Law)

Format shifting and the speed limit (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

 
United States
US General

Microsoft, Linux Foundation find American Law Institute guidelines for interpreting software contract law deeply flawed (Ars Technica)

 
US Patent Reform

Patent reform advocates challenge Andy Grove (IP Watchdog)

 
US Patents

Bilski not so bad for software patents afterall (IP Watchdog)

 
US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Jury finds Microsoft wilfully infringed i4i’s patent; damages set at $200 million (EDTexweblog.com) (Philip Brooks’ Patent Infringement Updates) (Washington State Patent Law Blog)

District Court E D Texas: Jury finds Yahoo!’s Messenger program infringed asserted claims and infringement was wilful: Creative Internet Advertising v Yahoo! (EDTexweblog.com)

BPAI precedential opinion on rejecting software means claims; website ‘means’ requires algorithm disclosure: Ex parte Catlin (Patently-O) (I/P Updates)

 
US Copyright

Newpapers betray their heritage with internet attacks (Public Knowledge)

News aggregators as ‘tapeworms’ (Excess Copyright)

Copyright infringement on the internet: Problem is no longer confined to entertainment industry (Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog)

Public Knowledge in the know podcast 20 May – issues presented at Copyright Office on topic of copyright exceptions for the blind (Public Knowledge)

Washington University College of Law, AU’s Center for Social Media and Stanford Law School release video ‘Remix Culture: Fair Use is Your Friend’ (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Creative Commons) (Public Knowledge)

Six simple steps you can take to protect your gripe of parody site (EFF) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

4th Circuit: Turnitin’s anti-plagiarism service a fair use: A V (Minors) v iParadigms, LLC (Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog)

District Court C D California: Takedown notice sent to parent doesn’t affect subsidiary’s s512(c) defence: Perfect 10 v Amazon (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Amazon fires back with patent infringement claims of its own in patent suit commenced by Discovery Communications over Kindle (Ars Technica) (Washington State Patent Law Blog)

Authors’ Guild – Authors ‘turning off’ text to speech include Pres Obama, Vice Pres Biden, the Pope etc; Random House claims all of its books have text to speech disabled (KEI)

Danger Mouse – Danger Mouse releases blank CD-R (EFF) (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog) (Out-Law)

Google – Google starts charm offensive, but not everyone’s on board – Google alters book digitisation project agreement with University of Michigan library (Ars Technica)

Google – Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle on Google book settlement (Excess Copyright)

RIAA – Citing $130,000 in legal bills, Jammie Thomas’ lawyer withdraws (Ars Technica)

RIAA- Prof Nesson argues downloading is ‘fair use’; Free Software Foundation weighs in on Tenenbaum file-sharing case (Out-Law) (Ars Technica)

Scribd – Scribd launches Scribd Store for paid downloads (At Last… the 1709 Copyright Blog)

 
US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – New AdWords trade mark policy still more restrictive than laws allow; Google may relent on AdWords trademark usage (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google – Firepond ‘copycat’ lawsuit filed against Google: John Beck Amazing Profits v Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog

 

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