Online Global Week in Review 18 December 2009 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

US takes positive step toward possible treaty for the blind at WIPO SCCR 19th session (Excess Copyright) (Public Knowledge) (Copyright Wars) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Biden’s ‘IP Roundtable’ brings together Big Content, FBI (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

New Zealand government releases revamped three strikes proposal (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Delhi High Court fines Microsoft for launching copyright infringement action in capital instead of cities where copyright infringement allegedly occurred (TorrentFreak) (Spicy IP)

European Commission ends competition investigation of Microsoft following its agreement to offer Windows users choice of browser (Managing IP) (Ars Technica)

EU ratifies WIPO ‘internet treaties’ – WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty (Managing IP) (Michael Geist) (WIPO) (IPKat)

 
Global
Global – Copyright

WIPO draft on visually impaired shows breakthrough; A-V treaty negotiation under discussion (IP Watch)

Royalty reporting: directly and identifiably up the creek – Copyright law and business models (1709 Copyright Blog)

Wikipedia to be distributed on DVD for schools without internet (IP tango)

Piracy benefits musicians, hurts their labels? (TorrentFreak)

Tuning into the consumer of digital music (IP Osgoode)

World’s Fair Use Day – 11 & 12 January 2010 (Public Knowledge)

 
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

ICANN Board favours expression of interest process for new gTLDs (Managing IP)

gTLD TM protection policies take shape (Managing IP)

Hotel chain fails in effort to use trademark to block Workers’ Union website in case before WIPO (IP Watch)

 
Argentina

Restoration of French philosopher’s work online in Argentina seen as an opening (IP Watch)

 
Canada

Are the record labels the real pirates? Between $50 million and $6 billion may be owed to musicians and artists in Canada (Ars Technica)

Chet Baker has sued the major record labels for copyright : Chet Baker v Sony BMG Music, EMI Music, Universal and Warner Music (IPblog)

Ottawa record store owner pleads guilty to copyright infringement (Michael Geist)

Search engine on ACTA – future Canadian copyright policy (Michael Geist)

Canada dragging its feet on open data initiatives (Michael Geist)

 

China

Will the Chinese BitTorrent crackdown boost criminals? (TorrentFreak)

Shanghai’s ‘bad girl’ writer Mian Mian sues Google over scanning, displaying ‘Acid Lover’ novel (IP Dragon)

Why are China video sites buying more copyrighted content? (China Hearsay)

 
Columbia

Columbia reports millions in losses from illegal software (IP tango)

 
Dominican Republic

Who are you calling a weir.do? – attraction of Dominican Republic second level domain .do (IP tango)

 
Europe

Swedish Pirate Party member of European Parliament drafting Internet Bill of Rights (Ars Technica)

OHIM: As of 10 December .eu domain names available not only to those who use conventional Latin letters but to those who employ Greek and Cyrillic (IPKat)

European Commission ends competition investigation of Microsoft following its agreement to offer Windows users choice of browser (Managing IP) (Ars Technica)

EU ratifies WIPO ‘internet treaties’ – WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty (Managing IP) (Michael Geist) (WIPO) (IPKat)

 
France

France to spend $1.1 billion digitising its literary works (Michael Geist)

Sarkozy’s party found violating copyright yet again with awful lipdub (Techdirt)

 

India

Delhi High Court fines Microsoft for launching copyright infringement action in capital instead of cities where copyright infringement allegedly occurred (TorrentFreak) (Spicy IP)

Satyam settles unpaid dispute for USD $70 million: Upaid v Satyam (Spicy IP)

 
Israel

Israel’s Emblaze accuses Apple of patent infringement in connection with live video streaming technology (IP Factor)

 
Netherlands

Consumer rights organisation, Consumentenbond, starts pro-filesharing campaign (TorrentFreak)

Mininova bit torrent site shut down, after legal fight with BREIN (IP Osgoode)

 
New Zealand

Government releases revamped three strikes proposal (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

 
Swedish

Swedish police arrest 12,000 song file-sharer (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

Digital Economy Bill: Lords want to chase out piracy chasers (TorrentFreak)

 
United States
US General

Barnes v Yahoo survives dismissal motion on remand (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Patents – Decisions

CAFC lowers bar for declaratory judgment jurisdiction when patentee is a holding company: Hewlett-Packard v. Acceleron (Patently-O) (IP Spotlight)

CAFC: Means-plus-functioning claiming; role of the patentee’s expert in proving infringement: Intellectual Science and Technology v. Sony Electronics (Patently-O) (Inventive Step)

District Court E D Texas orders Yahoo! to pay 23% ongoing royalty for future infringement: Creative Internet Advertising Corp. v. Yahoo! Inc. (EDTexweblog.com) (Docket Report Blog)

District Court E D Texas: Ashcroft and Twombly do not require that complaint allege ‘how’ accused products infringe: WIAV Networks, LLC v 3Com Corp et al (Docket Report Blog)

District Court N D California: 3-D computer graphics claims invalid under Bilski, Prometheus: FuzzySharp Technologies v 3DLabs Inc. Ltd (Gray On Claims) (Docket Report Blog)

BPAI starts issuing decisions on NTP/RIM patent re-examinations (The 271 Patent Blog)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple countersues Nokia, claiming the company is infringing 13 Apple patents (Managing IP) (Docket Report Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica)

Microsoft – Implicit Networks accuses Windows Seven of infringement (Patent Law Blog)

Software Freedom Law Center – SFLC launches GPL enforcement smackdown on 14 gadget makers: including Best Buy, Samsung, and Westinghouse (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright

US takes positive step toward possible treaty for the blind at WIPO SCCR 19th session (Excess Copyright) (Public Knowledge) (Copyright Wars) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

MPAA: ACTA must include internet provisions (Michael Geist)

Biden’s ‘IP Roundtable’ brings together Big Content, FBI (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

US Government looks to expand scientific open access policy (Ars Technica)

Google’s new pet project ‘Living stories’ (IP Osgoode)

Google’s books – a special relationship with copyright (The 1709 Copyright Blog)

Damned pirates: Hollywood sets $10 billion box office record (TorrentFreak)

MPAA: still no reason to break TV’s, DVD copy protection does not stop copying (Public Knowledge)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D California permanently bars Psystar from selling Mac OS X Copies: Psystar v Apple (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Blue Destiny Records – Google and Microsoft sued to the same tune over allegedly ‘facilitating and enabling’ illegal distribution of their copyright songs (IPKat)

Dane, Eric – Copyright in celebrity s-x-tapes? McSteamy sues for unauthorised publication for home video (IP Whiteboard)

Random House – William Styron complains Random House lacks contractual right to distribute works in electronic form (Public Knowledge) (The 1709 Copyright Blog)

Tumpach, Samantha – New Moon pirate camming farce comes to an end (TorrentFreak)

Vimeo – Don’t sing-a-long Capitol v Vimeo re ‘lip dub’ videos (The Trademark Blog) (Ars Technica)

 
US Trademarks & Domain Names

Cool but scary: Trademark filings can signal product strategy – Amazon KINDLE applications (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Nintendo trademarks Zii brand name, but why? (The Product Naming Blog)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court C D California: Federal registration owned by someone else no defense to cybersquatting: Monex Deposit Co. v. Gilliam(Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

District Court E D Wisconsin: Another cautionary tale of joint website ownership: Third Education Group, Inc. v. Phelps (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 

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