Online Global Week in Review 21 Aug 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Obama Administration supports $1.92 million verdict for 24 songs (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica) (Copyfight)

Guardian Music Blog reports artists paid virtually nothing from Spotify music streaming (Michael Geist) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Global – General

Is Yahoo-Microsoft pact enough to fight Google? (IP Osgoode)

Global – Copyright

Is a fair P2P trial even possible? Part 2 (TorrentFreak)

Guardian Music Blog reports artists paid virtually nothing from Spotify music streaming (Michael Geist) (1709 Copyright Blog)

BitTorrent: Under attack but needed for innovation (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks

ICANN puts a stop to domain tasting by upping penalty for excessive cancellations (Ars Technica) (Class 46)

Canada – General

Is the MPAA serious about enforcing its copyrights in Canada? (Michael Geist)

Wal-Mart legal threat to over old post promoting a gift card offer (Michael Geist)

Canadian P2P copyright battle continues – IsoHunt case to go to full trial (

Canada – Copyright Reform

Tracking the copyright consultation submissions 31 July – 9 August (Michael Geist)

Tracking the copyright consultation through 17 August (Michael Geist)

Designing a copyright law that’s built to last (Michael Geist)

Copyright collectives: Good solution but for which problem? (IP Osgoode)

Katz on copyright collectives (Michael Geist)

Geof Glass of Vancouver Fair Copyright on how Canada’s new copyright law will affect you (Michael Geist)

CIPPIC launches (Michael Geist)

Brad Fox on reducing the term of copyright (Michael Geist)

Green Party on copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Vancouver Fair Copyright Coalition issues copyright consultation guide (Michael Geist)

Writers Guild urges action on copyright (Michael Geist)

Canada action alert: Speak out on the future of digital copyright (EFF)

CFHHS issues call for copyright action (Michael Geist)

Bill Henderson on the Songwriters Association of Canada legalised P2P proposal (Michael Geist)


Spotify to launch in China (IP finance)


Anti-piracy’s latest weapon: humor (too bad they pirated the idea) (Innovationpartners)


Date set for ECJ AdWords opinion (Managing Intellectual Property)


Finnish file-sharer fined just €3,000 for sharing 768MB of music (Ars Technica)


Pirate Party to put candidate up for election to Irish Parliament (IPKat)

Eircom agrees to block Pirate Bay access (TorrentFreak)


Qualcomm to fight antitrust allegations of forced patent cross-licensing (Managing Intellectual Property)


BREIN not impressed with new Pirate Bay plans (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay founder and head of BREIN clash at Hacking at Random conference (TorrentFreak)

ShareConnector case appealed after two years (TorrentFreak)


Scottish court rules on jurisdiction regarding online infringements (1709 Copyright Blog)

South Africa

Alliance Property Group (Pty) Ltd v Alliance Group Limited – trade mark neglect and inherently weak company name (Afro-IP)


Swedish Performing Rights Society confirms negotiations with Global Gaming Factory seeing legal Pirate Bay as ‘window of opportunity’ (TorrentFreak)

How The Pirate Bay will be legalised (TorrentFreak)

Torrented Pirate Bay copy comes to life (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

Britain mulls turning 7 million into download criminals (TorrentFreak)

The on-demand generation wants to eat it all – UK Music publishes new survey on 14-24 year olds music sharing habits (1709 Copyright Blog)

Reports of Lord Mandelson’s interest in Digital Britain being resparked following dinner with Hollywood producer (IPKat) (1709 Copyright Blog)

United States
US General

Hanging on the telephone: Apple’s app store fiasco and what the FCC is doing about it (Spicy IP)

US Patent Reform

Google’s open source strategy and the US Patent Reform Act of 2009 (IP Osgoode)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Microsoft ordered to stop selling Word, pay $290 million to i4i for patent infringement (Managing Intellectual Property) ( (IPKat)

District Court E D Texas declines to find inequitable conduct in Laserdynamics v Asus (


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

i4i – Speculation over whether i4i will target Open Office or ODF 1.2 in new XML patent infringement lawsuit after victory over Microsoft (Innovationpartners)

Red Hat – Motion for summary judgment of indefiniteness denied: IP Innovation v Red Hat (

US Copyright

Obama Administration supports $1.92 million verdict for 24 songs (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica) (Copyfight)

Are there any lessons in the P2P trials? – discussion between William Patry and Ben Sheffner (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars) (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars) (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York issues injunction limited to registered version of software program (not unregistered ‘derivative’ versions): Simplexgrinnell v Integrated Systems & Power Inc (The Trademark Blog)

RealDVD case affirms anti-piracy legislation, but where are my personal use rights? (IP Osgoode)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Burning Man Organisation – BMO responds to EFF regarding criticisms of its IP policy (Copyfight)

Sedgewick Claims Management – Sedgewick appeals case against Delsman over use of company executive headshots in gripe site to 9th Circuit (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

AOL – Operators of and, AOL and Platform-A, file suit against alleging trade mark infringement and unfair competition (The Trademark Blog)

Google – Flowbee latest trade mark owner to sue Google over AdWords (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) – files in rem action against under Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (The Trademark Blog)


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