Online Global Week in Review 26 March 10 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

ECJ: Google not liable for AdWord counterfeits: joined cases C236/08 to C238/08 (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (IPKat) (Class 46) (Slaw) (Afro-IP) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IP Whiteboard) (IP Watch) (IAM)

District Court S D Texas: Alleged Rabid Neurosis music ‘pirate’ acquitted: US v Cassim (Copyright Litigation Blog) (Ars Technica) (Copyright Litigation Blog) (TorrentFreak)

Google stops its Chinese censorship – mainland users now redirected to Hong Kong (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Patent Agent in HongKong) (The China Vortex) (China Hearsay)

 
Global
Global – General

Search engine legal developments to watch in 2010 (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Why Microsoft is a global leader in IP strategy (IAM)

Google Code University (Creative Commons)

 
Global – Copyright

Hollywood and Bollywood are together against piracy now (SiNApSE) (Spicy IP)

Rapidshare terminates accounts of illegal downloaders (TorrentFreak)

Digital future for the entertainment industry: Global opportunities and challenges – Talk given by Frances Seghers of Sony Pictures (IP Osgoode)

Reanimation: A call for IP re-interpretation? (IP Osgoode)

Music Matters launches new trust mark to ‘help differentiate legal music services from illegal one’ (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Study on NAF domain name dispute resolution finds disproportionate panellist allocation (Michael Geist)

WIPO sees decrease in cybersquatting complaints, warns of domain name expansion (IP Watch)

Brands tackle cybersquatters in 2009; UDRP becomes eco-friendly (WIPO)

 
Australia

Delegate of Registrar of Trade Marks finds in favour of a small company allowing it to continue to use ‘DOPi’ brand in connection digital device accessories: Apple v Wholesale Central (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog)

 
Brazil

Superior Tribunal de Justica orders Google to pay fine for each day that offensive content remains on social networking site Orkut (IP tango)

 
Canada

Angus shakes up copyright landscape (Michael Geist)

Editorials on private copying levy (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

New proposal to protect Canadian musicians: The iPod levy (IP Osgoode)

Will Nortel become a patenting licensing company? (IAM)

 
China

Google stops its Chinese censorship – mainland users now redirected to Hong Kong (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Patent Agent in HongKong) (The China Vortex) (China Hearsay)

China censorship leaks outside Great Firewall via root server (Ars Technica)

 
Costa Rica

BSA campaign ‘Do not risk your business using pirated software’ (IP tango)

 
Europe

ECJ: Google not liable for AdWord counterfeits: joined cases C236/08 to C238/08 (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (IPKat) (Class 46) (Slaw) (Afro-IP) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IP Whiteboard) (IP Watch) (IAM)

Keywords again – but this time Google’s not a party – ECJ reference from Oberster Gerichtshof (Austria): Die BergSpechte Outdoor Reisen und Alpinschule Edi Koblmüller GmbH v Günter Guni and trekking.at Reisen GmbH (IPKat)

BASCAP study concludes EU entertainment sector could lose 1.2m jobs by 2015 due to piracy (Ars Technica)

EU ACTA consultation: European Commission vs European Parliament (Michael Geist)

 
France

Paris court revokes granted European software patent: Exalead v Sinequa (Tangible IP)

 
Germany

Cologne-based libraries release 5.4 million bibliographic records via CC0 (Creative Commons)

 
Greece

EPOE complaint leads to takedown of gamato.info illegal music and movie download site (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Israel

Court dismisses all claims by leisure website against competing site: Hoogle LTD & Ors v Eran Raviv, Eran & Ors (The IP Factor)

 
Italy

Pirate Bay proxy site seized by Italian police (TorrentFreak)

Police bust admins of Italy’s largest torrent site (TorrentFreak)

 
Japan

Fake game installer punishes pirates via epic privacy breach (TorrentFreak)

 
Netherlands

Court shuts ShareConnector down for good (TorrentFreak)

 
Russia

Police declare war on BitTorrent sites, operators and users (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

Pirate Party UK’s 2010 manifesto (IPKat) (IPKat)

Public figures protest Digital Economy Bill (TorrentFreak)

Of Talk Shop and TalkTalk: The Bill meets the bull – Digital Economy Bill moves step closer to becoming law (1709 Copyright Blog)

Anti-piracy lawyers ACS:Law threaten file-sharing forum (TorrentFreak)

Copyright Tribunal upholds Meltware’s right to challenge Times Online’s Web Database Licence/Web End User Licence: Meltwater Holding BV and other interested parties – NLA Ltd (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
United States

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

National Collegiate Athletic Association – Ed Bannon and Sam Kellar join forces in federal class action against NCAA over use of likeness in video games: In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation (ipblog.ca)

 
US Patents

E D Texas’ prior experience with patents and technology ‘weigh heavily against transfer’: Red River Fiber Optic Corp. v. Verizon Comm. Inc. et al.; Colorquick, LLC v. Vistaprint Ltd. et al. (Docket Report)

 
US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Servant whose participation exceeds ‘mere direction or control’ by master may be liable for joint infringement: Datatreasury Corporation v. Wells Fargo & Company et al. (Docket Report)

Google Adwords do not infringe patent requiring ‘price-determining activity’: Performance Pricing, Inc. v. Google Inc. et al. (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: Jury finds for plaintiff in VirnetX v Microsoft (EDTexweblog.com)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Microsoft – Microsoft sues maker of four-minute exercise machine for typosquatting: Microsoft Corp. v. Temme (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

 
US Copyright

Entertainment unions, trade associations thank Obama for support of copyright enforcement, ACTA (Copyright & Campaigns)

Clearing the barnacles from the S.S. Copyright (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York: DMCA ‘interference’ with copyright is not copyright infringement: Robert Cabell v Mark Zimmerman (The Trademark Blog)

Craiglist wins $1.3m default judgment against autoposting facilitator: Craigslist v Naturemarket (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Copyright Litigation Blog)

District Court S D Texas: Alleged Rabid Neurosis music ‘pirate’ acquitted: US v Cassim (Copyright Litigation Blog) (Ars Technica) (Copyright Litigation Blog) (TorrentFreak)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

YouTube – Viacom makes its case against yesterday’s YouTube (EFF) (1709 Copyright Blog) (Copyrights & Campaigns)

 
US Trademarks & Domain Names

District Court N D California ruling in Louis Vuitton Malletier v Akanoc Solutions holds no good news for web host defendants (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court N D California: Marking website as containing patented firewall software that no longer exists is not false marking of the website: Juniper Networks, Inc. v. Shipley (Docket Report)

TTAB reverses 2(d) refusal of FLEXILOGIC for noise reduction software over same mark for software design services: In re STMicroelectronics NV (not precedential) (TTABlog)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Hulu – Hulavision alleges Hulu and parent company NBC Universal not only stole its trade secrets before launching Hulu, but stole its trademark as well (Ars Technica)

 

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