Online Global Week in Review 12 June 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

French Constitutional Council finds 3-strikes law (loi Hadopi) unconstitutional (1709 Copyright Blog) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (TorrentFreak)

Swedish Pirate Party wins EU parliament seat (IPKat) (BLOG@IP::JUR) (Intellectual Property Watch) (Michael Geist) (The IP Factor) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Intellectual Property Watch) (IAM) (Out-Law) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

Global – General

OneWebDay 2009 – 22 September (Public Knowledge)

UN-led commission sees need in internet governance, science, technology (Intellectual Property Watch)

EFF launches new site to track modifications to online terms and conditions (Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog)

Global – Copyright

The impact of piracy on book sales (Magellan Media)

A fine balance: Protecting and giving-away content (IP Osgoode)

Global – Trade Marks

INTA announcement on Facebook ‘landrush’ (The Trademark Blog)

Heated debates over US-free internet (Intellectual Property Watch)

New top level internet domains – to be or not to be? (Intellectual Property Watch)

Study reveals 65% of British population believe introduction of new gTLDs would be problematic (IPKat)

ICANN’s proposed uniform rapid suspension program for fighting cybersquatters (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

Dominating the domain name game in liquidation (IP finance)


CIRA launches public consultation on new WHOIS rules (Michael Geist)

Canadian Patent Appeal Board rules against business method patents, denies’s appeal over one-click ordering system (Michael Geist)

SAC’s latest proposal for dealing with illegal file-sharing (Excess Copyright)

Time to slay the file sharing myths (Michael Geist)

Canadian ISPs avoid ‘Canadian content’ regulations (Ars Technica)


Danish double standards in relation to online piracy (Innovationpartners)

ISPs and copyright holders set up ‘Pirate Review Board’ (TorrentFreak)


Swedish Pirate Party wins EU parliament seat (IPKat) (BLOG@IP::JUR) (Intellectual Property Watch) (Michael Geist) (The IP Factor) (Managing Intellectual Property) (Intellectual Property Watch) (IAM) (Out-Law) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

Council of Europe: Access to internet is a fundamental right (Intellectual Property Watch)

E-learning on software patents at the EPO (IPKat)

Web 2.0, UCG, mashups: who owns the data, who is responsible? (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)


French Constitutional Council finds 3-strikes law (loi Hadopi) unconstitutional (1709 Copyright Blog) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (TorrentFreak)

French minister says Hadopi law a 21st century reality (Intellectual Property Watch)

Military Intelligence used to shutdown BitTorrent site (TorrentFreak)


The Orange Book: The relationship between patents and standards: German Federal Court decision concerning CD-Rs in KZR 39/06 (Tangible IP)


Dual sim (Ramkumar) patent murder: Vikas partner arrested (Spicy IP)


Mininiva must block The Pirate Bay and aXXo, BREIN demands (TorrentFreak)


Data protection department tells ISPs to delete personal IP address-related data after 3 weeks, makes indentifying online pirates a nightmare (TorrentFreak)


Stockholm court: Pirate Bay judge wasn’t biased! (Ars Technica)

Web host provider, Portlane, protests against anti-piracy threats (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

British government considers bandwidth speed limits for repeat file-sharers (Excess Copyright)

Downloaders not to be cut off after all – but Culture Minister won’t be there to see it (not) happen (IPKat)

New UK survey finds stern letters from ISPs not enough to stop P2P use after all (Ars Technica)

United States
US General

Open source, digital textbooks coming to California schools (Ars Technica)

US General – Decisions

District Court N D Texas: Stop saying ‘we can amend this agreement whenever we want’: Harris v Blockbuster (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

VeriSign – Coalition for Internet Transparency may proceed with antitrust lawsuit against VerSign (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!) (Ars Technica)

US Patents – Decisions

Supreme Court agrees to hear Bilski case: decision to have broad implications for Silicon Valley companies (Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog)

District Court E D Texas: Summary judgment based on licensing defense: Accolade Systems v Citrix Systems (

District Court E D Texas: Summary judgment of noninfringement granted: Fenner v Microsoft (

USPTO initially rejects 41 claims related to seven of Rambus’s patents that have been challenged by computer tech company Nvidia (Managing Intellectual Property)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Blackboard – ITC institutes investigation regarding course management system software products, following complaint by Blackboard against Desire2Learn (ITC 337 Law Blog)

US Copyright

It’s time to update the Lanham Act for the 21st century (Citizen Media Law Project)

US newspaper industry: next in line for bailout? (IP Osgoode

Child Safe Viewing Act and another DMCA victim (EFF)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – DoJ ‘focused on Google’ in book settlement probe (Ars Technica)

RIAA – MediaSentry attacks based on ‘entirely fictional’ laws: Jammie Thomas case (Ars Technica)

RIAA – Lawyers Kiwi Camara and Charles Nesson join forces to file class-action to reclaim $100M+ collected by RIAA in its file-sharing litigation campaign (Ars Technica)



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