Online Global Week in Review 26 June 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Pirate Party enters German parliament (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (1709 Copyright Blog)

US: Jammie Thomas-Rasset ordered to pay $1.92 million damages for illegally downloading 24 songs; Richard Marx, Moby speak out against RIAA (ISinIP) (Excess Copyright) (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Internet Cases) (EFF) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (The IP Factor) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Global – General

Europe’s ever changing landscape Pirate Party, Loi Hadopi and generic drug seizures IP Think Tank podcast 15 June 2009 (IP Think Tank)

Software: precautions against supplier insolvency (IP finance)

Global – Copyright

World Copyright Summit – Celebration of 3 strikes and the rights industry (Public Knowledge)

Global – Trade Marks

EU admits ICANN setup has worked well, wants change anyway (Ars Technica)

ICANN and the internet big bang (IP Osgoode)

Hesitant rejection of a domain name complaint by WIPO: D2009-518 France Printemps v Mr Chris Carter (Class 46)

Social media changing the rules of brand engagement (IP Marketing Blog)

Global – Patents

World Wide Web Consortium investigating Apple’s patent covering method for automatically updating software programs (Tangible IP)


Canadian Press on open source software in the Canadian government (Michael Geist)

More myths about myths about file sharing – Richard Pfohol of CRIA takes on Prof Michael Geist on file sharing myths (Excess Copyright)

Reflections on the Digital Economy conference (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)


Shanghai High People’s Court upholds sentences for gang members in international software counterfeiting scheme (S&F)

Will the ZTE brand and name find its field of dreams outside China? (IP finance)


European countries amp up war on piracy (TorrentFreak)


Sarkozy says he will ‘go all the way’ with 3 strikes (TorrentFreak)


Pirate Party enters German parliament (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Regional Court in Hamburg orders file-hosting service, Rapidshare, to proactively filter content (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)


Public consultation for a new domain name regulation in Greece (Class 46)


Google India: We have zero control over blogger content (Ars Technica)


Following inconclusive action against Eircom, music industry sues ISPs UPC and BT (1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)


Copyright laws amended to allow search engines to store copies, make it easier to use orphan works and crack down on illegal downloaders (Managing Intellectual Property)


Pirate Bay founders summoned to court via Twitter (TorrentFreak)


ISP Telenor sued by IFPI over refusal to disable customer access to Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

Anti-piracy lawyers lose licence to track pirates (TorrentFreak)


ISPs end anti-piracy talks with entertainment industry (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)


Collecting IP addresses illegal in Sweden (TorrentFreak)


Microsoft pursues copyright infringers in Uganda (Afro-IP)

United Kingdom

IPO press release ‘Tougher penalties for online copyright infringement proposed as part of Digital Britain package’ (1709 Copyright Blog)

ISPs: How long before the little guys kick sand in their faces? (1709 Copyright Blog)

Open access for University College of London research product (1709 Copyright Blog)

Research by Bournemouth University and FremantleMedia ‘The exploitation of television formats: intellectual property and non-law based strategies (1709 Copyright Blog)

Virgin Media, Universal Music team up to offer UK unlimited music (Intellectual Property Watch) (IP Osgoode)

SCRIPT establishes IP Foresight Forum to discuss IP and media law and policy development (IPKat)

United States
US General

47 USC 230 and consumer protection talk notes (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

The conundrum of internet filtering (Public Knowledge)

Series on ALI software contract principles: Clarify rules on implied and express warranties in software contracts (Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog)

US General – Decisions

9th Circuit issues amended opinion in Barnes v Yahoo concerning 47 USC 230 safe harbour (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Bankruptcy judge lifts stay in Apple suit against Psystar over Mac clones (Ars Technica)

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Microsoft – Microsoft action against click fraud perpetrators: Microsoft Corp v Lam et al (IP Osgoode)

US Patents – Decisions

USPTO revokes Hoshiko’s patent on internet subdomains, another victory for EFF’s patent busting project (Intellectual Property Watch) (Ars Technica)

US Copyright

Harvard working paper ‘File Sharing and Copyright’ finds weaker copyright protection has benefited society (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica)

Gathering of experts in New York call for freer video culture (Intellectual Property Watch)

US Copyright – Decisions

Jammie Thomas-Rasset ordered to pay $1.92 million damages for illegally downloading 24 songs; Richard Marx, Moby speak out against RIAA (ISinIP) (Excess Copyright) (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Internet Cases) (EFF) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (The IP Factor) (Managing Intellectual Property)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Puzzlemaster sues Apple over allegedly infringing puzzle game on iPhone (The Trademark Blog)

ASCAP – ASCAP copyright double speak in suit against AT&T for ringtone ‘performance’ (EFF) (Ars Technica)

RIAA – Middle-aged New Hampshire woman accused of downloading ‘Jigga My Nigga’ settles with recording industry – case highlights MediaSentry’s issues (Ars Technica)

RIAA – Tenenbaum P2P circus: judge’s ‘indulgence is at an end’ (Ars Technica)

US Trademarks

Google Adwords update – round up of current litigation: FPX v Google; Soaring Helmet v Bill Me; John Beck Amazing Profits v Google; Stratton Faxon v Google; Rescuecom v Google (


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