Online Global Week in Review 19 February 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Department of Justice launches new IP task force (Daily Dose of IP) (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge)

The day the music blogs died: Behind Google’s musicblogocide (Ars Technica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Global – General

Filing trademarks from the beach – what would Google do? (IP Think Tank)

Global – Copyright

Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde starts money sharing site (TorrentFreak)

MooZar aims to turn pirates into paying customers (TorrentFreak)

Digital books and your rights: A checklist for readers (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Peer to Peer University launches second pilot (Creative Commons)

Porn studios gag rival anti-piracy solution (TorrentFreak)


Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Social networking: threats, promises or opportunities? (Class 46)

Dealing with unofficial sites and blogs: the Nestlé strategy (Class 46)

New TLDs and their impact to brands (

IDNs: a Nice subject, but not necessarily for TM owners (Class 46)

Release plans for one-two- and three-character .PRO names (IP Frontline)


NIC – Data update and/or regularization until March 1st, 2010 to avoid cancellations of registrant entities and their registered domains (Moeller IP)

NIC – New rules (Moeller IP)


Mario and Luigi keep game pirate at bay – Nintendo settles Federal Court action against gamer for illegal copying and uploading to internet game ‘Super Mario Bros Wii’(IP Whiteboard)


The Liberal Roundtable on the Digital Economy (Michael Geist)


Google Buzz as China play. Is Google REALLY raising the stakes? (China Law Blog)


.co registry heads for IRT rights protection mechanisms (IP tango)


Pirate Bay uploader raided by anti-piracy group (TorrentFreak)


European ACTA document leaks with new details on Mexico talks and future meetings (Michael Geist)

ECJ: Sabam v Scarlet and ISP filters (1709 Copyright Blog)

Want a It’s not enough to be crafty, says AG Trstenjak: Internetportal und Marketing GmbH v Richard Schlicht (IPKat)

Contradictory court rulings, continuing tension on internet liability in EU (IP Watch)


LVMH v eBay – it’s in the bag! – Paris Court holds eBay responsible for facilitating sale of counterfeits (IPKat)

Move over, Australia: France taking Net censorship lead (Ars Technica)


Google Book search and Indian Copyright Law: an inflammatory idea? (Spicy IP)


Blocked Pirate Bay users flock to other torrent sites (TorrentFreak)



Three arrested as police swoop on Rapidshare Link forum (TorrentFreak)

Football fans play with lawyers – trade mark protection and critical website (end of Polish Football Association) (Class 46)


Huge Russian BitTorrent site has domain suspended (TorrentFreak)



New anti-piracy task force set to pressure file-sharers (TorrentFreak)

Illicit file-sharing and streaming of TV shows increases (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

TV-Links triumphs with landmark e-commerce directive ruling (TorrentFreak)

EWHC (Ch): CDV v Gamecock on question of authorization of copyright infringement is a cautionary tale for parent companies (1709 Copyright Blog)

United States
US General

Department of Justice launches new IP task force (Daily Dose of IP) (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: When can a patent-related letter spawn a declaratory judgment action?: Hewlett-Packard Co. v Acceleron, LLC (Florida Patent Lawyer Blog) (PatLit)

District Court E D Texas: Device component may ‘receive’ data from itself: Datatreasury Corporation v. Wells Fargo & Company et al (Patent Infringement Blog)

US Copyright

Public Knowledge proposes new Copyright Reform Act (Public Knowledge)

Google content-filter patent about copyright, not censorship (Ars Technica)

State of the Net Conference: Panel discussion on graduated response raises key issues (IP Osgoode)

Redbox, movie studios and subversion of first sale (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Mortal copyright kombat: Is there copyright in choreography? (IPblog)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Jagex – case filed seeking damages from ‘bots’ and ‘scripts’ that allegedly ‘circumvent security measures’: Jagex v Impluse Software (ISinIP)

Google – The day the music blogs died: Behind Google’s musicblogocide (Ars Technica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Google – Thoughts on the 18 Feb hearing on Google Books settlement (Excess Copyright)

Google – Feb 11 fairness hearing on Google book settlement (Ars Technica) (Copyfight) (IPKat)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: Google AdWords purchase may be a Lanham Act ‘use’: Morningware v. Hearthware Home Prods., Inc (Chicago IP Litigation)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

City of Las Vegas – Battle lines drawn between City of Las Vegas and Clark County over rights to.VEGAS top-level domain (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)



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