Online Global Week in Review 10 Jul 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Hadopi passes French Senate (Intellectual Property Watch) (TorrentFreak) (Intellectual Property Watch)

Global – General

Pirate Party MEP in his Financial Times op-ed: ‘Our manifesto is to reform copyright laws and gradually abolish the patent system’ (1709 Copyright Blog) (IAM)

Global – Copyright

Google image search implements CC license filtering (Creative Commons)

Chris Anderson book ‘Free’ discussing downward pressure IT exerts on content sparks debate (The Trademark Blog)

eBooks – state of the nation (1709 Copyright Blog)

Catholic Knights of Columbus regard piracy as breach of commandment not to steal (Excess Copyright)

Free download an iTunes shot in the arm for Moby (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks

No brand protection – Twitters greatest challenge? (IP Think Tank)

Google AdWords: Facilitating advertising, or trademark infringement? (IP Osgoode)

Global – Patents

Royalty rates in the telecommunications industry (IP finance)


Songwriters Association of Canada reveal new proposal to deal with P2P downloading at CIPPIC event (Excess Copyright)

Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, advocates against ‘crazy copyright laws’ (Michael Geist)

Radio-Canada issues YouTube takedown over Harper communion video (Michael Geist)

Canada’s new commitment to boost the high-tech sector through copyright reform (IP Osgoode)


Fake iPhone: Rip-off or innovation (IP Dragon)


Survey conducted for Danish recording industry shows subscription based services leads to fewer illegal downloads (Innovationpartners)


EU consultation: Modernising ICT standardisation in the EU (BLOG@IP::JUR)

Internet rights go on trial (1709 Copyright Blog)


Hadopi passes French Senate (Intellectual Property Watch) (Intellectual Property Watch) (TorrentFreak)

Hackers undermine piracy evidence with Hadopi router (TorrentFreak)

P2P collection costs man huge fine, suspended sentence (TorrentFreak)


Mininova denied rectification from Dutch government (TorrentFreak)


Judge rules P2P legal, sites to be presumed innocent (TorrentFreak)


Playing whack-a-mole with data: The Pirate Bay lives on (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay founders sail on – interview with Peter Sunde (TorrentFreak)

What do you get for SEK 60 million? – Global Gaming Co’s acquisition of The Pirate Bay (IP finance)

New Pirate Bay bosses to compensate rights owners (Managing Intellectual Property)

United Kingdom

EWHC (Pat): Online gambling patent: proof of suitability and intention to put an invention into effect: Cranway Ltd v Playtech Ltd & Ors (PatLit)

Digital Britain: The UK government’s vision for a 21st century digital economy (Filewrapper)

The devil’s in the digital – Consultation on legislation to address illicit peer-to-peer file-sharing (1709 Copyright Blog)

Musical pirates: can the UK turn down the volume? (1709 Copyright Blog)

Taking action against eBay fakes – Trader Bhavin Shah sentenced to 270 hours community service following successful prosecution by Trading Standards – what else can trademark owners do to protect their brands? (International Law Office)

United States
US Patents – Decisions

BPAI: Merely outputting from a computer suffices under Bilski: Ex parte Dickerson (12:01 Tuesday)

US Copyright

How many people have been sued in recording industry’s legal war on file-sharing? (Ars Technica)

Department of Justice notifies judge overseeing Google Book Deal case that it is investigating the deal for potential antitrust violations (IPKat)

Statutory damages: Quelling innovation and enabling injustice (Public Knowledge)

Sample DMCA takedown letter (IP Watchdog)

Debate over Judge Posner’s suggestion of making linking, paraphrasing copyright infringement in order to protect newspapers (The Trademark Blog) (Public Knowledge)

Harold Feld on copyright reform proposals to prop up the newspaper industry in the digital economy (Public Knowledge)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York: Non-US copyrights excluded from YouTube claim: The Football Association Premier League Ltd v YouTube Inc (1709 Copyright Blog) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

ASCAP – From Girl Scouts to ringtones (Excess Copyright)

Copyright Royalty Board – Rightsholders and commercial webcasters agree on pricing terms for online music streams (Ars Technica)

Kazaa – Kazaa uses RIAA victim Jammie Thomas in PR-campaign (TorrentFreak)

RIAA – District Court in Boston poised to sanction Joel Tenenbaum and/or Prof Charles Nesson for posting documents online in breach of court order (Excess Copyright)

RIAA – Jammie Thomas challenges ‘monstrous’ $1.92 million P2P verdict (Ars Technica)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Seventh lawsuit over Google AdWords – Jurin v Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Mary Kay Cosmetics – Mary Kay sues Yahoo over “Yahoo shortcuts” feature in e-mails (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)


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