Online Global Week in Review 12 February 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

US DOJ: Google book settlement better, but not yet good (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IP Watch)

EFF, joined by national library associations, Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge and US PIRG, file amicus brief in ‘first sale doctrine’ case Vernor v Autodesk (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (EFF)

RIAA face up to third Thomas-Rasset trial (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica)

 
Global
Global – General

The long tail and IP Strategy (IP Think Tank)

 
Global – Copyright

Contextualizing the copyright debate: reward vs. creativity (Ars Technica)

Google plans superfast highway – impact on content industries? (1709 Copyright Blog)

‘Ink’ – The movie that blew up on BitTorrent (TorrentFreak)

LG shows how to play pirated movies on TV (TorrentFreak)

Game developers skeptical about Ubisoft’s new DRM (TorrentFreak)

 
Australia
Wii Super Mario Bros. pirate settles for $1.3 million (TorrentFreak)
 
Canada

The patentability of business methods in Canada: The case of Amazon.com’s 1-Click technology (IP Osgoode)

Copyright infringement across borders (IPblog)

 
China

Google’s China problem leaves opening for Bing (Ars Technica)

Internationalizing Chinese domain names (China Blawg)
 
Europe

ECJ: AG delivers opinion concerning registration of generic domain names: Internetportal und Marketing GmbH v Richard Schlicht (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!)

Sabam v Tiscali goes to the ECJ on ISP filtering (IPKat) (TorrentFreak)

European ISPs attack ACTA (IPKat)
 
France

Out of le bleu! French-Google partnership may blossom (IPKat)

 
Germany
Judge jeopardizes DigiProtect anti-piracy cash operation (TorrentFreak)
 
Italy

Court of Bergamo rules that Italian ISPs must block customer access to The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

 
Norway

Pirate movie privacy case set for the Supreme Court (TorrentFreak)

Court rejects IFPI appeal for ISP Telenor to block The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

 
South Africa

Life is too short – novel cybersquatting threat, positive spinoffs (Afro-IP)

 
Sweden

Police skip millions of BitTorrent users on evidence issues (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

Concerns mount over British Digital Economy Bill (Michael Geist)

Floyd J refuses Blinxx’ application for injunctive relief in dispute over blinkbox.com: Blinxx UK Ltd v Blinkbox Entertainment Ltd (IPKat)

UK IPO: Patent4U patentics found to be not patentable (IPKat)

British library to offer 65,000 free e-book downloads (Michael Geist)

UK adopts Creative Commons Licence for open data (Michael Geist)

Why did Ofcom back down over DRM at the BBC (Michael Geist)

 
United States
US General

10 year term of EFF Chairman winds down with EFF’s 20th anniversary tonight (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

 
US Patents

Apple is the number one target for NPEs in the US (IAM)

 
US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Lucent v Gateway dooms another damages award at the CAFC: ResQNet.com, Inc v Lansa, Inc. (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (Patently-O)

District Court Oregon: ‘Confidential’ accusation creates substantial controversy sufficient to exercise subject matter jurisdiction: Google Inc. v. Traffic Information LLC(Docket Report)

District Court E D Virginia: Cookies-functional web browser was ready for patenting when initial draft of source code was logged into repository: Netscape Communications Corp., v. Valueclick, Inc. et al (Docket Report)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Nintendo – Saving progress… do not shut off console – Nintendo receives patent covering ‘Game machine, backup control program of game data and backup control method’ (Patent Arcade)

 
US Copyright

USTR: No mandatory three strikes in ACTA (Michael Geist)

US Government denies that ACTA mandates filtering or three strikes, but questions on its contents remain (Public Knowledge)

AP-Yahoo deal: a new beginning or more of the same? (IP finance)

UGA Security Analyst fired for extorting file-sharer (TorrentFreak)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

DOJ: Google book settlement better, but not yet good (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IP Watch)

1st Circuit Court of Appeals: Oral termination of licence agreements, jury instructions and the copyright act: Latin American Music Company v. ASCAP (Copyright Litigation Blog)

Microsoft wins Windows XP Windows Genuine Advantage lawsuit (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Acceris – Patent Office grants EFF request for reexamination of Acceris’ VoIP patent (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Association for Information Media and Equipment – AIME copyright threats end UCLA library’s online video system (Public Knowledge)

Autodesk – EFF, joined by national library associations, Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge and US PIRG, files amicus brief in ‘first sale doctrine’ case Vernor v Autodesk (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (EFF)

Google – Music labels ask blogs to post songs to promote artists, ask Google to erase blogs for posting songs (Public Knowledge)

NBC – NBC plots crackdown on Olympic pirates (TorrentFreak)

 

RIAA – RIAA face up to third Thomas-Rasset trial (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica)

 

US Trademarks & Domain Names

The Super Bowl and the changing nature of brand advertisements (IP finance)

 

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google Buzz naming puts bee in Yahoo’s bonnet (Name Wire)

 

 

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