Online Global Week in Review 16 Dec 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:

Germany: Motorola wins injunction against Apple, could spell trouble for EU sales (Ars Technica) (FOSS Patents)

UK Government publishes its plans to modernise copyright law following Hargreaves recommendations (Out-Law) (IPKat) (The 1709 Blog)

MegaUpload sues Universal Music Group for improper DMCA takedown notice – Judge gives UMG 24 hours to explain takedown spree (Ars Technica) (Recording Industry vs The People) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (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

Global – Copyright

Of copyright, content and buggy whips – the explosion of online content (IPKat)

Public discussion launches for Version 4.0 of the CC licenses (Creative Commons)

Copyright Regime vs. Civil Liberties (TorrentFreak)

Busted: BitTorrent pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox (TorrentFreak)

Filmmaker: BitTorrent pirates help us get more exposure (TorrentFreak)

 

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

UN, IMF, WTO, other organizations raise concern about new domains (IP Watch)

On ICANN’s new gTLDs: problems or possibilities? (IP Osgoode)

 

Global – Patents

Apple accused of limiting consumer choice, partnering with patent trolls, and blocking open standards (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

Microsoft v. Motorola battlemap updated: 51 patents-in-suit, complaints filed in 7 different courts (FOSS Patents)

 

Argentina

Argentina on illegal streaming (IP tango)

 

Australia

High Court decision allowing Samsung to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1 – transcript now available (ipwars.com)

 

Brazil

Brazil’s leaked copyright reform draft bill shows latest thinking (IP Watch)

Brazilian music and the remastering of vinyl disc (IP tango)

 

Canada

The false link between C-11’s digital lock rules and video game industry jobs (Michael Geist)

The daily digital lock dissenter, day 51: Canadian Music Creators Coalition (Michael Geist)

The daily digital lock dissenter, day 50: ACTRA (Michael Geist)

The daily digital lock dissenter, day 49: Union des consommateurs (Michael Geist)

The daily digital lock dissenter, day 48: Canadian Urban Library Council (Michael Geist)

Business method patents: Canadian update (ipblog.ca)

 

China

iPad trademark case – addendum (China Hearsay)

China’s latest IPR enforcement rhetoric (China Hearsay)

 

Europe

Kroes details EU no-disconnect, open data strategies (IP Watch)

 

Finland

Two file-sharers fined total of $725,000, others asked to pay thousands (TorrentFreak)

 

France

French President’s residence ‘busted’ for bittorrent piracy (TorrentFreak)

 

Germany

Motorola wins injunction against Apple, could spell trouble for EU sales (Ars Technica) (FOSS Patents)

Kino.to “main admin” sentenced to 3 years in jail (TorrentFreak)

 

United Kingdom

Government publishes its plans to modernise UK’s copyright law following Hargreaves recommendations (Out-Law) (IPKat) (The 1709 Blog)

 

United States

US Patents – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: Vendor’s patent license covers private label resellers: Illinois Computer Research v Best Buy Stores (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

District Court N D California: Apple fail to get US interim design injunction against Samsung (Class 99)

 

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple vs Samsung: Yet another blow awaits already punch-drunk Samsung (IP Osgoode)

Apple – Court ordered deadlines are final – not preliminary – unless otherwise noted: Motorola v Apple (Docket Report)

Apple – Wisconsin-based court passes huge Apple-Motorola lawsuit to ‘a kind judge in Chicago who enjoys trying patent cases’ (FOSS Patents)

ChriMar Systems – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-817) regarding Certain Communication Equipment (ITC 337 Law Blog)

HTC – ITC delays ruling on Apple v. HTC again — new date: Monday, December 19 (FOSS Patents)

HTC – ITC on HTC: The possible U.S. ban on Android phones (Patent Law Practice Center)

MOSAID Technologies – ALJ Gildea denies motion for a patent prosecution bar in Certain Equipment for Communications Networks (337-TA-778) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

VirnetX – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-818) regarding Certain Devices With Secure Communication Capabilities (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Walker Digital  – Walker Digital resorts to ITC to work around re-examination (WHDA)

 

US Copyright

The OPEN Act: The Good, the Bad, and a Practice in Participatory Government (EFF) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Fight the blacklist: a toolkit for anti-SOPA activism (EFF) (Creative Commons)

Stand up and fight: a week of action against censorship (EFF)

SOPA undermines the U.S. in its negotiations for a free, open internet (EFF)

Blacklist bills ripe for abuse part ii: expansion of government powers (EFF)

The Internet Blacklist vs. The Constitution (EFF)

How SOPA affects students, educators, and libraries (EFF)

Setting the record straight on SOPA: some evidence-based analysis (EFF)

SOPA Manager’s Amendment: It’s still a blacklist and it’s still a disaster (EFF) (Ars Technica)

Tech entrepreneurs attack SOPA on the eve of markup (Ars Technica)

SOPA opposition – Open letter from internet engineers to the U.S. Congress (EFF)

Google, driving the getaway car for online bandits? (Ars Technica)

Wikipedia mulls total blackout to oppose SOPA (TorrentFreak)

 

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Universal Music Group – File sharing service sues UMG for improper DMCA takedown notice – Judge gives UMG 24 hours to explain takedown spree: MegaUpload v. UMG (Ars Technica) (Recording Industry vs The People) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

 

US Trademarks & Domain Names

Associated Press reports that colleges are registering .xxx domain names (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Senator Wyden wants answers from DHS over domain name seizures (Ars Technica)

Domain seizure oversight lax and broken, targets out of luck (Ars Technica)

 

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

RojaDirecta.com – Spanish site: seizing our domain was unconstitutional prior restraint (Ars Technica)

True Religion – If you dislike SOPA, you’ll dislike this case too – True Religion v. Xiaokang Lei (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

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