Online Global Week in Review 9 Oct 2009 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 W D Washington re-affirms that first sale doctrine can apply to “licensed” software: Vernor v Autodesk (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Technology & Marketing) (Ars Technica) (Spicy IP)

Australian ISP in court for not disconnecting users: AFACT v iiNet (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

 
Global
Global – Copyright

Iceland panel: French 3-strikes rule spreading but not best option (IP Watch)

Creative Commons report ‘Defining “Noncommercial” – A Study of How the Online Population Understands “Noncommercial Use”’ (IP Osgoode)

Popularity of pirated TV-shows still rising (TorrentFreak)

 
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Global oversight for ICANN; US role in core infrastructure unchanged (IP Watch)

ICANN’s new US contract and new top level domains – it’s not over – joint project agreement between ICANN and the UD DoC is set to expire (IP Watch)

Can luxury goods survive in the online environment? (IP finance)

 
Australia

Australian ISP in court for not disconnecting users: AFACT v iiNet (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Apple picks Woolworths in trade mark dispute (Australian Trade Marks) (Trademark Blog) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Australian man creates ‘Piracy Payback’ website to collect donations from downloaders for distribution to rightholders’ organisations (Ars Technica)

 
Canada

Amazon Kindle launches in 100 countries but not Canada (Michael Geist)

Federal Court: Damages can be higher when infringer carries on infringing activity after copyright owner sends notice: Microsoft Corporation v 1276916 Ontario Ltd (ipblog.ca)

 
Europe

EU, Microsoft agree on browser ballot, testing to start soon (Ars Technica)

 
Germany

CIPA conference presentation: German courts’ position on AdWords (Class 46)

Cinemas must warn visitors of ‘anti-pirate’ goggles (TorrentFreak)

 
Italy

Supreme Court opens door for Pirate Bay block (TorrentFreak)

 
Japan

Japanese Parliament passes copyright reform bill containing new exception for search engines (Lenz Blog)

Osaka High Court acquits Winny developer (Lenz Blog)

 
Poland

Metatags in Polish case law (Class 46)

 
Netherlands

Anti-piracy outfit BREIN try to nail The Pirate Bay with faked evidence (TorrentFreak)

BREIN disconnects The Pirate Bay, for now (TorrentFreak)

 
Sweden

Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau forces ‘Scene’ group to apologize (TorrentFreak)

Spotify connection disqualifies Pirate Bay appeal Judge (TorrentFreak)

Many Swedes undeterred by new anti-piracy law (TorrentFreak)

After move from Sweden to Ukraine, The Pirate Bay relocates to a nuclear bunker (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay will not be sold ‘yet’ (TorrentFreak)

Google removes Pirate Bay front page from search results (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

UK 3-strikes MP ignorant on file-sharing (TorrentFreak)

EMI tries to hide kids education anti-piracy objective (TorrentFreak)

BPI decries ISP BT Broadband’s inaction against 100K music pirates (TorrentFreak)

ISP gives customers the power to ban BitTorrent (TorrentFreak)

 
United States
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Backweb – Backweb settles with Sybase, continues to sue Microsoft and Symantec for patent infringement (IP Factor)

Bilski – Red Hat tells Supremes: software patents stifle innovation (Ars Technica)

Eolas – Eolas, the company that won $585M from Microsoft sues Apple, Google, Adobe, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo and others over browser plugins and AJAX (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright

HR 1319, the P2P Bill is back and ready for markup (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica)

Google and On Demand Books bring the public domain to the public (IP Osgoode)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court W D Washington re-affirms that first sale doctrine can apply to “licensed” software: Vernor v Autodesk (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Technology & Marketing) (Ars Technica) (Spicy IP)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google should use extra time to add privacy into Google book search (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Rosetta Stone – Topics Entertainment sues Rosetta Stone for declaration of noninfringement (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

 
US Trade Marks – Decisions

District Court C D California: No touchdown for Jim Brown in suit against Electronic Arts over alleged misappropriation of his ‘name, identity and likeness’ in video game (IP Osgoode) (ipblog.ca)

 

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