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Online Global Week in Review 24 July 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Amazon remotely deletes pirated ebooks from Kindle readers (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica) (Copyfight) (The Trademark Blog) (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (EFF)

Global – General

Free! The changing countenance of monetisation in a digital world (IP finance)

What exactly is a ‘pass through’ licence? (IP finance)

Global – Copyright

WIPO sets its sights on new deal for the visually impaired (1709 Copyright Blog)

Why the Pirate Party matters – discussion of Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice article ‘It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to’ (Excess Copyright)

Welcome to civilisation, Pirate Party (IP Osgoode)

DRM is dead, long live DRM (Public Knowledge)

Global – Trade Marks/Domain Names

Free speech prevails over common law service mark rights in WIPO panel decision: Sutherland Institute v Continuative LLC (IPKat)

Trade mark clearinghouse to help combat cybersquatting? (Canadian Trademark Blog) (IP Osgoode)


Antigua-based ZookZ claim WTO permission to download without permission (1709 Copyright Blog)


Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy releases ‘Australia’s Digital Economy: Future Directions’ (Creative Commons)


Copyright group SABAM prosecuted for failing to pay artists (TorrentFreak)


ISP copyright consultation questions (Michael Geist)

Copyright consultation launches (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica)

Responding to the copyright consultation: my short answer (Michael Geist)

Copyright consultation running on open source software (Michael Geist)

Calgary Copyright Roundtable participants (Michael Geist)

Michael Geist launches to deal with copyright debate (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)


Effect of WTO case DS362 on copyright piracy in China nil? (IP Dragon)

Recession + e-commerce = counterfeiting – discussion of Brandweek article ‘The Fight Against Fakes’ (IP Dragon)

iPhones soon to find their way in China (IP Osgoode)


Competition concerns lead to EU’s Google Book Search hearing (Ars Technica) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Intel tells EU court antitrust fine violated its human rights (Ars Technica)

EPO and the IEEE agree on cooperation (BLOG@IP::JUR)


Entangled in amendments, HADOPI 2 hits summer break (Intellectual Property Watch)

3 strikes to be administered by Post Office subsidiary, Extelia (TorrentFreak)

Date for publication of AG’s opinion in Google France and Google Inc. v Louis Vuitton Malletier revised to 22 September (Class 46)


District Court of Munich rules no ‘making available’ without ‘reproduction’ in CELAS case (1709 Copyright Blog)

Frankfurt court enforces ‘impressum’ measures against ISPs (Class 46)


Italian anti-piracy group Federation Against Music Piracy claims mass Mininova torrent deletion (TorrentFreak)


New Pirate Bay owners named in BREIN lawsuit (TorrentFreak) (IPKat)

BREIN files Dutch suit seeking to block Dutch visitors from Pirate Bay; Pirate Bay founders file Swedish defamation suit in return (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

New Zealand

Repeat infringers in New Zealand: never mind the punishment, what about the policy? (1709 Copyright Blog)


Updates on battling copyright piracy in Nigeria (Afro-IP)

South Korea

Crazy copyright law set to cause chaos in South Korea (TorrentFreak)


New owners of Pirate Bay, Global Gaming Factory X, to adopt ‘give and take’ payment models (1709 Copyright Blog)

United Kingdom

Microsoft tops Superbrands survey (IPKat)

EWHC (Comm) ruling on transmission royalties in Excelsior Group Productions Ltd v Yorkshire Television Ltd (1709 Copyright Blog)

United States
US General

Letter to USTR: ‘Drop internet issues from ACTA, add public interest’ (Intellectual Property Watch) (Ars Technica)

And now… admiralty law?!? – Google’s cloud computing plans and computer lawyers’ expanding field of legal knowledge (Singularity Law)

New advocacy group pushes OSS for the USA (Ars Technica)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Motion re infringement contentions granted in part: Linex Technologies, Inc v Belkin Intern, Inc (

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Digital Technology Licensing – General Patent Corporation licenses DTL’s ‘Digital Output Transducer’ patent to SRT Communications and IT&E Overseas (IP Frontline)

US Copyright

International Intellectual Property Alliance report ‘Copyright Industries in the US Economy: The 2003 to 2007 Report’ (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge)

Forcing the Net through a sieve: Why copyright filtering is not a viable solution for US ISPs (Public Knowledge)

Streaming, not P2P, behind mobile broadband data usage surge (Ars Technica)

Associated Press gets it wrong, again – AP’s attacks on Google (Singularity Law)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Amazon remotely deletes pirated ebooks from Kindle readers (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica) (Copyfight) (The Trademark Blog) (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (EFF)

Apple – Apple backs down on Bluwiki threats, EFF dismisses lawsuit against Apple over threats (EFF) (EFF) (Ars Technica)

Associated Press – AP, All Headline News settle copyright, DMCA, ‘hot news misappropriation’ case (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

RIAA – MediaSentry, RIAA’s incompetent pirate snoopers, escape prison (TorrentFreak)

RIAA – Second trial begins Monday 27 July, predictions for the Tenenbaum trial (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

eBay – Steve Madden sues eBay over online sales of counterfeit watches (The Trademark Blog)

Google – Google down to 8 AdWord lawsuits – Jurin v Google voluntarily dismissed (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


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