Online Global Week in Review 12 March 2010 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:

European Parliament unites against 3 strikes, ACTA secrecy (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

US Supreme Court: Registration requirement of 411(a) not jurisdictional for copyright claims: Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick (Filewrapper) (Copyright Litigation Blog) (1709 Copyright Blog) (Internet Cases)

EWHC: EMI not permitted to offer downloads and ringtones of single tracks by Pink Floyd (Ars Technica) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat)

 
Global
Global – General

Google, ITU address policies of global internet freedom (IP Watch)

 
Global – Copyright

RIAA claims music pirates hurt Haiti fund raising (TorrentFreak)

Comcast funds BitStalker anti-piracy research (TorrentFreak)

BitStalker – positives and negatives (Public Knowledge)

Recording for people who want to listen (Copyfight)

E-books and the challenge of price (IP finance)

 
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Plans for .xxx top-level domain pop up again (Ars Technica)

 
Global – Patents

Mobile phone litigation – who’s to blame? (PatLit)

 
Brazil

A Brazilian Google? – Multimedia portal launched by Brazilian government (IP tango)

 
Canada

Canadian Bookseller Association opposes new Amazon distribution network (Michael Geist)

Harper to answer questions on YouTube next week (Michael Geist)

 
China

Google, China & the WTO: Financial Times brings the stupid (China Hearsay)

 
Europe

European Parliament unites against 3 strikes, ACTA secrecy (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (IP Watch) (IP tango)

Software patents, waving a red flag to a bull – EU-South Korean Free Trade Agreement (ipeg)

Tactics and defences in OSS patent disputes (PatLit)

 
France

Piracy rises in France despite three strikes law (TorrentFreak)

 
Germany

T – just T: Deutsche Telekom to abandon some of its ‘old brands’ on German market (Class 46)

 
Greek

Six BitTorrent admins arrested, Interpol chase two more in operation to shut down file-sharing site Greek-Fun.com (TorrentFreak)

The beginning of the end of data retention – German Constitutional Court strikes down data retention law as violating human rights(Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Music Group gets court injunction against UseNeXT (TorrentFreak)

 
Italy

Pirate Bay users outside Italy suffer collateral damage (TorrentFreak)

 
Sweden

Anti-piracy group seeks laws to expose BitTorrent pirates (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay court appeal set for just after general election (TorrentFreak)

 
Netherlands

Dutch Pirate Party joins election race (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

EWHC: EMI not permitted to offer downloads and ringtones of single tracks by Pink Floyd (Ars Technica) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat)

EWHC (TCC): No soft landing for Softlanding in contractual and copyright dispute over source code: Softlanding Systems Inc v KDP Software Ltd and Unicom Systems Inc. (1709 Copyright Blog)

Internet Companies: UK Digital Economy Bill threatens free speech (Michael Geist)

Lib Dems scupper Clause 17 of the Digital Economy Bill (1709 Copyright Blog)

Britain’s other new copyright law – Parody and format-shifting exceptions don’t make it into Copyright (Permitted Acts) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (1709 Copyright Blog)

BPI publishes research by Ovum suggesting ISPs could make millions if they got involved in digital music market (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Are blissed out online shoppers statistically confused? – New research from Consumer Focus on consumer knowledge of legal online music services (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
United States
US General

Obama lauds ACTA; vows to ‘aggressively protect’ IP; will ‘crack down on practices that blatantly harm our businesses’ (Copyrights & Campaigns)

Updated: All your Apps are belong to Apple: The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Copyfight)

Electronics manufacturers use US legal system to thwart hardware ‘hacks’ (IP Watch)

Courts split on proof requirements for unauthorised access in computer fraud and abuse act cases – LVRC Holdings LLC v Brekka (JIPLP)

 
US Patents

Amazon One-Click patent slides through reexamination (Patently-O) (Ars Technica)

 
US Patents – Decisions

District Court N D California: Complaint alleging infringement by ‘laundry list of electronic devices’ failed to state a claim: Bender v. Motorola, Inc. (Docket Report) (271 Patent Blog)

District Court E D Texas: Defendant may not present jury argument concerning KSR’s change to obviousness standard: Datatreasurycorp v Wells Fargo & Co et al (Docket Report)

District Court E Texas: Entire operating system cannot serve as royalty base where only the workspace switching feature is accused of infringement: IP Innovation, LLC. et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al (Docket Report)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple and NeXT Software file new 337 complaint against High Tech Computer, HTC and Exedea regarding allegedly patent infringing personal data and mobile communications devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Apple – Digging beneath the surface of Apple v. HTC (The Prior Art) (Ars Technica) (IPKat)

 
US Copyright

President Obama discusses three strikes anti-piracy law (TorrentFreak)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

Supreme Court: Registration requirement of 411(a) not jurisdictional for copyright claims: Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick (Filewrapper) (Copyright Litigation Blog) (1709 Copyright Blog) (Internet Cases)

District Court N D California rejects copyright violation claim by J B Dath and J Dath against Sony’s ‘God of War’ (SiNApSE)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Charting the future of the Google Book settlement (Excess Copyright)

RIAA – Labels: Nesson and Tenenbaum owe $2,249 (Copyrights & Campaigns)

Scribd – Court refuses to strike class allegations and affirmative defences in Scott v Scribd case (Copyrights & Campaigns)

YouTube – Court orders (relatively) quick unsealing of summary judgement papers in Viacom v YouTube suit (Copyrights & Campaigns)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Rescuecom abandons its AdWord litigation against Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google – Court dismisses antitrust case based on venue selection clause in Google’s AdWords contract: TradeComet v. Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Mastercard International – Mastercard files suit against Montana Thomas and Credit.com over their registration of mastercard.cm domain (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

 

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