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Online Global Week in Review 1 October 2010 from IP Think Tank

Here is Think IP Strategy’s weekly selection of top Online intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and internet.

Highlights this week included:

  Spain: YouTube not liable for user uploads (ArsTechnica) (1709 Blog) (IPKat)

2nd Circuit: Downloading a song is not a performance under the Copyright Act: US v ASCAP (Internet Cases) (Excess Copyright) (1709 Blog) (Out-Law)

ACS:Law anti-piracy law firm torn apart by leaked emails (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (ArsTechnica) (ArsTechnica) (TechnoLlama) (TechnoLlama) (TorrentFreak)

Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any of these stories, and please do let us know if you think we’ve missed something important, or if there is a source you think should be monitored.


Global – General

Apple revises application review process (IP Osgoode)

Global – Copyright

A field guide to copyright trolls (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Copyright 2.0 Show: new US Bill; 4Chan launches DDOS attacks against MPAA and RIAA (Plagiarism Today)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Yahoo! Keyword squashing may mean some trademark owners pay more (IAM) (IP finance)


DDoS takes down Aussie anti-pirates and 8,000 other sites (TorrentFreak)


Pandora blames licensing costs, not copyright for blocking Canada (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist)

Minister Moore on a ‘really toxic and, frankly, really dumb’ iPod ‘tax’ (Excess Copyright)

Canadian digital music sales growing faster than US in 2010 (Michael Geist)

From rhetoric to reality: The key issues in Bill C-32 (Michael Geist)

The CIRA election – cast your vote now (Michael Geist)

CIRA goes to Washington and takes on DROC (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

KEI @ WIPO re Canada & a Treaty for the Blind (Excess Copyright)

Netflix launches internet video streaming service in Canada (IP Osgoode)


Will China video site deals mollify Hollywood’s IP demands? (China Hearsay)


Anti-pirates list dead and pre-teen artists as petition signatories (TorrentFreak)

Change in iPhone policies prompts EU to drop investigations (ArsTechnica)


YouTube not liable for user uploads (ArsTechnica) (1709 Blog) (IPKat)


The Pirate Bay appeal starts Day 1 and 2 (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

ACS:Law anti-piracy law firm torn apart by leaked emails (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (ArsTechnica) (ArsTechnica) (TechnoLlama) (TechnoLlama) (TorrentFreak)

High-profile, high-damages file-sharing ‘conviction’ was a farce (TorrentFreak)

Ministry put on hold: Ministry of Sound Recordings Ltd v Plusnet Plc (1709 Blog)

Easydate not so easy? Trademark dispute between Easydate and EasyGroup (Class 46)

United States

US General

Availability of client data on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google sinks trade secrets claim: Sasqua Group v. Courtney (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Patents

As USPTO evaluates Bilski, Red Hat says end software patents (ArsTechnica)

Free Software Foundation incites USPTO letter-writing campaign (Patentology)

EFF supports Microsoft in seeking to make it easier to invalidate patents (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Cognex – ITC decides to review in part initial determination in Certain Machine Vision Software (337-TA-680) (ITC Law Blog)

IBM – IBM and HP sued by Backweb for patent infringement (IP Factor)

US Copyright

New Copyright Bill bears problems: Concerns with S.3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

An open letter from internet engineers to the Senate Judiciary Committee declaring opposition to Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US uses domain names as new way to regulate the net – Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (Michael Geist)

US ISP disconnects alleged pirates for 6 months (TorrentFreak)

Does the DMCA require internet disconnections? (ArsTechnica)

Porn studios borrowing from RIAA playbook with P2P lawsuits (ArsTechnica)

US Copyright – Decisions

2nd Circuit: Downloading a song is not a performance under the Copyright Act: US v ASCAP (Internet Cases) (Excess Copyright) (1709 Blog) (Out-Law)

Mick Hague Productions sues BitTorrent users, but doesn’t ‘own’ copyright (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Facebook – Facebook’s attempt to have Daniel Miller’s copyright case against it dismissed fails again (Patent Arcade)

Harper, Whitney – Supreme Court requests response on ‘innocent infringer’ cert. petition (Copyrights & Campaigns)

RIAA – RIAA takes down music downloading app Mulve (TorrentFreak)

Righthaven – Political Forum fights back against Righthaven copyright troll suit (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Copyright Group – Judge puts hammer down on ‘Hurt Locker’ P2P subpoena (ArsTechnica)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple, startup go to trial over ‘Pod’ trademark (ArsTechnica)

Facebook – Facebook files trademark infringement suit against Teachbook (Patent Law IP)

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