Online Global Week in Review 1 April 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:

Advocate General advises ECJ in Interflora keyword reference: Interflora v Marks & Spencer (Class 46) (IPKat) (ArsTechnica)

District Court Columbia: Former RIAA lobbyist Judge Beryl Howell green lights BitTorrent user mass-harassment scheme: Call of the Wild v Does 1 – 1,062; Maverick v Does 1 – 4,350; Donkeyball v 1 – 171 (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica) (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Internet Cases)

Danish Supreme Court ruling makes chasing file-sharers hugely expensive (TorrentFreak) (Innovationpartners)

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

Pound for pound, does Microsoft own the world’s most valuable IP portfolio? (IAM)

To hack or not to hack… (IPblog)

Motorola investment forecast: Increased cloud cover (IP Osgoode)

Global – Copyright

Another new study (from Joel Waldfogel) shows that filesharing doesn’t deter artists from making music (EFF) (TorrentFreak)

It’s time for the recording industry to stop blaming “piracy” and start finding a new way: London School of Economics paper and SSRC’s report (EFF)

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 188 – includes Judge strikes down Google Book search settlement (Plagiarism Today)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

ICANN suggests moving internet from US control (IP Watch)

Australia

Studios seek special leave to appeal from Full Federal Court’s decision dismissing ‘authorised’ infringement claim: Roadshow v iiNet (ipwars) (IPKat)

Belgium

Copyright police want truck drivers to have licensed cab music (TorrentFreak)

Canada

Tariff 22 – Three copyright cases to be heard by Supreme Court of Canada – more to come? (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist)

Another Copyright Bill hits the scrap heap: Taking stock of Canadian digital law and policy reform (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Unlocked: Opposition surrounding former Bill C-32’s ‘digital lock’ provisions (IP Osgoode)

Island Def Jam opens up their catalogue to the world of apps (IP Osgoode)

‘Ripping’ off the music industry: Stream-ripping, a file-sharing alternative (IP Osgoode)

Study finds open access increases citation in legal scholarship by over 50% (Michael Geist)

China

ISP liability (IP Komodo Dragon)

MPAA head criticises China, ‘rogue’ websites (IP Watch)
Denmark

Danish Supreme Court ruling makes chasing file-sharers hugely expensive (TorrentFreak) (Innovationpartners)

Europe

AG advises ECJ in Interflora keyword reference: Interflora v Marks & Spencer (Class 46) (IPKat) (ArsTechnica)

Google, EPO partner on translations (IP Watch) (IPBiz)

Germany

Federal Supreme Court decided in trademark case that internet marketplace operators not obliged to check whether products are copies (EPLAW)

Italy

Tribunale di Roma: Yahoo! liable for contributory infringement, ordered to remove links to infringing websites (1709 Blog) (IPKat) (1709 Blog)

Netherlands

Dutch Sony seizure dispute: a case for New Amsterdam (IPKat)

South Africa

Google test pilots its Innovation Incubator program in SA (Spicy IP)

Sweden

Pirate Bay back up, Pirate Party shut themselves down over server ‘abuse’ (TorrentFreak)

United States

US General

Where’s EFF? Why EFF is sometimes quiet about important cases (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Special 301, special interests, and developing countries (TechnoLlama)

US Patents – Decisions

Chimei Innolux wins appeal over Mondis at BPAI (Reexamination Alert)

ITC says Apple’s mobile products do not violate Nokia patents (ArsTechnica) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Charneski denies motion to amend response to complaint in Certain Personal Data and Mobile Communications Devices (337-TA-710) (ITC Law Blog)

Creative Kingdoms – New complaint on video game systems and wireless controllers (ITC 337 Update)

IBM – Auburn v. IBM among the reexamination requests filed week of March 14, 2011: (Patent Law Practice Center)

Kodak – Impact of PTO’s reexamination analysis on ITC cases, at issue in Kodak’s “$1 billion case” against Apple and Rim digital camera mobile telephones (Reexamination Alert)

Kodak – ITC decides to review initial determination in Certain Mobile Telephones and Wireless Communication Devices Featuring Digital Cameras (337-TA-703) (ITC Law Blog) (IPBiz)

Microsoft Corporation – New complaint on handheld electronic computing devices (ITC 337 Update)

US Copyright

Google accepts form DMCA notices for all services (Plagiarism Today)

How $105 can help you avoid a copyright lawsuit (Plagiarism Today)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court Columbia: Former RIAA lobbyist Judge Beryl Howell green lights BitTorrent user mass-harassment scheme: Call of the Wild v Does 1 – 1,062; Maverick v Does 1 – 4,350; Donkeyball v 1 – 171 (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica) (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Internet Cases)

District Court S D New York: ‘Absurd’ Limewire damages rejected: Arista v LimeWire (1709 Blog)

District Court S D New York: Photo hosting site gets DMCA 512 safe harbour: Wolk v. Photobucket (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Amazon on Cloud Player: we don’t need no stinkin’ licenses (ArsTechnica) (The Prior Art)

Authors Guild – Court rejects settlement agreement in Google books class action (IP Osgoode) (IP Osgoode) (1709 Blog) (Spicy IP)

BlueBeat – ‘Psycho-acoustic’ Beatles recordings cost BlueBeat $950,000 (ArsTechnica)

Liberty Media – Movie Studio sues BitTorrent swarm in civil conspiracy suit: Liberty Media Holdings, LLC v. Swarm of November 16, 2010 et al (TorrentFreak)

OpenMind – Judge stays discovery: OpenMind v Does (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Righthaven – Copyright troll Righthaven’s epic blunder: a lawsuit targeting Ars (ArsTechnica)

Thomas-Rassett, Jammie – 5 years later, first P2P case to be tried still chugging along (ArsTechnica)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Another advertiser class action lawsuit filed against Google: Woods v. Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Groupon – Groupon hit with two Lanham Act Lawsuits, and one takes Google along for the ride: Groupion, LLC v. Groupon, Inc; San Francisco Comprehensive Tours, LLC v. Groupon, Inc (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

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