Online Global Week in Review 3 July 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:

Pirate Bay sold to software company Global Gaming Factory X (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (IPKat)

Judge Posner suggests expanding US copyright law to make linking to and summarising news content infringement (Becker-Posner Blog) (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog) (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog) (Excess Copyright) (Copyfight)

US Supreme Court declines to hear Cablevision – remote storage DVR remains legal for now (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Global
Global – Copyright

Nexicon’s automated legal threats turn piracy into profit (TorrentFreak)

Knowledge Exchange study focusing on groups in Denmark, Netherlands and UK finds open access saves millions of dollars (Michael Geist)

How much is really lost through downloading? A question of credibility (IP finance)

 
Global – Trade Marks

Rod Beckstrom appointed new CEO and president of ICANN (Managing Intellectual Property)

 
Brazil

President shows warmth to Pirate Bay spokesman (TorrentFreak)

 
Canada

Copyright reform back on course? – Ministers Clement and Moore’s speeches at Digital Economy conference (Excess Copyright)

Michael Geist’s appearance at Industry Committee discussing Bill C-27 (Michael Geist)

Maybe the jury didn’t like the songs – Legality of file-sharing in Canada and comparison with US position (Slaw)

Liberal Party recommends ratification of WIPO internet treaties (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Canadian Press on attempts to establish a Canadian Pirate Party (Michael Geist)

 
China

China trade mark problems for iPhone? (China Hearsay)

 
Czech Republic

Pirate Parties parade through Prague, Paris (Ars Technica)

 
France

L’Oréal and eBay will meet again, for mediation and before the Court of Appeal in case concerning auction site’s liability for counterfeit sales (Class 46)

Pirate Parties parade through Prague, Paris (Ars Technica)

 
Germany

File-sharing site, Rapidshare fined 24m euros; Rapidshare announces intent to appeal (IPKat) (IPKat)

 
Netherlands

Mininova demands rectification from Dutch Parliament concerning false accusations included in report on dealing with online piracy (TorrentFreak)

BREIN demands $70,000 per day penalty for Usenet community FTD (TorrentFreak)

 
Sweden

Pirate Bay sold to software company Global Gaming Factory X for SEK 60 million, goes legal; will decentralise operations; suspicions of insider trading surrounding Pirate Bay buyers (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (IPKat)

Pirate Bay retrial denied, judge declared unbiased; Pirate Bay to sue Sweden for human rights violations (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay’s YouTube competitor ‘The Video Bay’ is ‘coming soon’ (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

 
United Kingdom

Government publishes information about implementation of ‘Digital Britain’ report (1709 Copyright Blog)

‘Digital Britain’: blueprint for the future? (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

ACS:Law and Logistep currently seeking settlement from around 6000 alleged file-sharers but ISPs doubt accuracy of evidence (TorrentFreak)

We should have embraced Napster says BPI boss Geoff Taylor in op-ed piece for BBC (Ars Technica)

 
United States
US General – Decisions

9th Circuit: Anti-spyware company protected by 47 USC 230(c)(2): Zango v Kaspersky Lab (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Patents

How to patent software in a post Bilski era (IP Watchdog)

Robert Plotkin guest post: Why wishes should be patentable (IP Watchdog)

Software is the new engine and must be patentable (IP Watchdog)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Rambus – ITC issues claim construction order in investigation concerning semiconductor chips having synchronous DRAM controllers with respondents including NVIDIA, Asustek Computer, ASUS Computer, BFG Technologies and others (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 
US Copyright

Judge Posner suggests expanding copyright law to make linking to and summarising news content infringement (Becker-Posner Blog) (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog) (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog) (Excess Copyright) (Copyfight)

First public university, University of Kansas adopts open access policy (Intellectual Property Watch)

Recent court decisions good news for US content owners: Jammie Thomas case and Usenet.com case (1709 Copyright Blog)

US Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Turnitin’s fight against plagiarism does not violate student IP rights: a dissenting opinion (IP Osgoode)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

Supreme Court declines to hear Cablevision – remote storage DVR remains legal for now (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Federal judge finds Usenet.com liable for direct infringement, inducement, contributory infringement and vicarious infringement in RIAA lawsuit (Ars Technica) (IP Watchdog)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

ASCAP – EFF, AT&T argue phones ringing in public do not violate copyright law in ringtone royalty battle brought by ASCAP (EFF) (Ars Technica)

RIAA – Tenebaum team tries to toss MediaSentry evidence on basis of violations of wiretap law and private detective licensing law (Ars Technica)

 
US Trade Marks – Decisions

TTAB precedential no 26: TTAB affirms descriptiveness refusal of BATTLECAM for computer game software: In re Petroglyph Games, Inc (TTABlog)

 
US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Ascentive LLC files the sixth lawsuit against Google’s AdWords program and alleges variety of legal violations in relation to being omitted from Google’s organic search results index (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

RE/MAX International – RE/MAX files cybersquatting and trade mark infringement lawsuit against Las Vegas real estate agent Cristine Rosa Lefkowitz and her corporation C Rosa Inc (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

 

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