Online Global Week in Review 25 March 2011 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:

Google Books settlement rejected: Authors Guild v Google (ArsTechnica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (IP Whiteboard)  (Excess Copyright) (IP Osgoode) (IPKat) (IP Watch) (Copyright Litigation) (IPBiz) (Spicy IP)

Microsoft commences patent infringement proceedings before W D Washington and ITC against Barnes & Noble over Android-based e-reader and tablet devices (ArsTechnica) (ITC Law Blog) (IP Watch) (IPBiz)

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

Global – General

Death of the Internet predicted, film at your local cineplex (ArsTechnica)

Global – Copyright

5 mistakes big copyright holders constantly make (Plagiarism Today)

The dangers of Private Label Rights (PLR) content (Plagiarism Today)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet (ArsTechnica)

Australia

Film companies lodged application for special leave to appeal to High Court in iiNet (IP Whiteboard) (ipwars) (TorrentFreak)

Canada

Five straight years: Canadian digital music sales growth again beats the U.S. (Michael Geist)

Supreme Court grants leave to appeal in applications involving ‘communication’: Entertainment Software Association, et al. v. SOCAN and Rogers, et al. v. SOCAN (Excess Copyright)

Comparing proposed class action settlements – Estate of Chet Baker v. Google Book (Excess Copyright)

‘Fair’ dealings potentially ‘unfair’ for documentary filmmakers (IP Osgoode)

Sookman on Knopf on Atwood – Words Matter (Excess Copyright)

Canada, the land of hockey, roll up the rim to win and pirates (IP Osgoode)

Bad news for Canadians about ‘All the news that’s fit to print’ (and to Paywall) (Excess Copyright)

Same as it ever was: Canada’s new open data portal and restrictive licence terms (Michael Geist)

Techies, Artists and Collective Societies Weigh in on Bill C-32 (IP Osgoode)

Musicians and radio broadcasters speak up on Bill C-32 (IP Osgoode)

Rogers provides new evidence on effectiveness of notice-and-notice system (Michael Geist)

Germany

Ongoing UMTS patent litigation in Germany: Nokia vs IPCom (ipeg)

India

Microsoft awarded punitive damages in software piracy case: Autodesk & Anor vs Mr. Prashant Deshmukh & Ors (Spicy IP)

Russia

Russia refuses to recognize Pirate Party, because of its name (TorrentFreak)

Spain

Spanish Oscars winner arrested for online pre-release movie piracy (TorrentFreak)

Sweden

Pirate Bay user database compromised and exploited, again (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

London School of Economics study says P2P should be encouraged to promote innovation  (Michael Geist) (ArsTechnica)

‘Does it add up?’ Convergence facts, figures and trends (IPKat)

100 domains on movie and music industry website blocking wishlist (TorrentFreak)

Design infringement in the UK: official guidance (Class 99)

United States

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC rejects narrow view of analogous arts test: Innovention Toys vs. MGA Entertainment (Patently-O) (Patent Arcade) (IPBiz)

CAFC: Vistaprint decision/distinction leads to mandamus grant/transfer in Verizon (IPBiz)

District Court E D Texas: Patent valid, infringed – 5.4M damages: Cheetah v. Verizon (EDTexweblog.com)

District Court Columbia: Bilski applied to invalidate computer system claims: CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. (Patently-O)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Hotels.com – Court re-evaluates claim constructions from prior related case: Civix-DDI, LLC v. Hotels.com (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

Kodak – ALJ Luckern issues public version of initial determination in Certain Mobile Telephones and Wireless Communication Devices Featuring Digital Cameras (337-TA-703) (ITC Law Blog)

Microsoft – BIO’s amicus brief: Microsoft v. i4i (Patently BIOtech)

Microsoft – Microsoft commences patent infringement proceedings before W D Washington and ITC against Barnes & Noble over Android-based e-reader and tablet devices (ArsTechnica) (ITC Law Blog) (IP Watch) (IPBiz)

Microsoft – US DOJ: Invalidating an issued patent should require clear and convincing evidence: Microsoft v. i4i (Patently-O) (Inventive Step) (IPBiz)

Nintendo – Creative Kingdoms and New Kingdoms file new 337 complaint against Nintendo regarding certain video game systems and wireless controllers (Patent Arcade) (ITC Law Blog)

Toshiba – Toshiba attack on two Rovi V-Chip patents among re-examination requests filed for week 7 March (Patent Law Center)

US Copyright

A Trade Agreement for the 21st Century – Public Knowledge, SLA and Internet NZ submit discussion draft for TPPA (Public Knowledge)

Paper by Joel Waldfogel says no decline in new music in Napster age (Michael Geist)

Only 9% (and falling) of US Internet users are P2P pirates – IFPI Digital Music Report 2010 (ArsTechnica)

US music piracy plunges after LimeWire shutdown (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Is Zediva’s new-release movie streaming service legal? (Ars Technica) (Likelihood of Confusion)

Netflix and distribution: The unsung story of copyright content (IPKat)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York: Google Books settlement rejected: Authors Guild v Google (ArsTechnica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (IP Whiteboard)  (Excess Copyright) (IP Osgoode) (IPKat) (IP Watch) (Copyright Litigation) (IPBiz) (Spicy IP)

District Court Nevada: Copyright troll Rightaven achieves spectacular ‘fair use’ loss: Righthaven v. Center for Intercultural Organizing (ArsTechnica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

USCG – US Copyright Group drops cases against alleged Hurt Locker pirates (TorrentFreak)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple sues Amazon over ‘App Store’ trademark (ArsTechnica)

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