Online Global Week in Review 28 January 2011 from IP Think Tank

Here is Think IP Strategy’s weekly selection of top Online intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and internet.

Highlights this week included:

Infamous antipiracy lawyer, Andrew Crossley gives up, abandons P2P cases (ArsTechnica) (1709 Blog) (TorrentFreak) (IAM)

Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any of these stories, and please do let us know if you think we’ve missed something important, or if there is a source you think should be monitored.


Global – General

Internet governance forum leader joins ISOC (IP Watch)

Global – Copyright

IFPI: Fighting music piracy is a government job (ArsTechnica)

How many pirates are there anyway? – IFPI Digital Music Report 2011(ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

Music industry working on Global Copyright Database (Plagiarism Today)

25% of files downloaded from The Pirate Bay are fakes (ArsTechnica)

The Music Bay: Pirate Bay crew instill more fear into the music industry (TorrentFreak)

Do you prefer copyright or the right to talk in private? (TorrentFreak)

Google starts censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and more (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Rogue websites: a problem … and a prize – WIPO and WIPD (IPKat)

Big content to ICANN: Make it easier for us to challenge domain suffixes (Plagiarism Today)

Global – Patents

Patent sellers can learn from Apple’s marketing strategy (ipeg)


BitTorrent sites hacked by secret Government unit? Not so fast… (TorrentFreak)


Fair dealing fine-tuned: Artmob pilots new initiative (IP Osgoode)


Window is closing for pirated software in China: Qingdao Government gives example (IP Dragon)

Leading Chinese file-sharing site disables illicit music and movie downloads (TorrentFreak)

China domain name scams. It’s a scam! (China Law Blog)


File-sharing operators hit with big fines, jail sentences (TorrentFreak)


Russia prosecuting online infringement. For the WTO? (1709 Blog)


Law to shutdown P2P sites resurrected by Spanish coalition (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

When it’s too late to mend a broken patent – EWCA decision in Nokia GmbH v IPCOM GmbH & Co KG (PatLit)

‘Companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours’ – Apple sues Nokia in High Court (IPBiz)

Infamous antipiracy lawyer, Andrew Crossley gives up, abandons P2P cases (ArsTechnica) (1709 Blog) (TorrentFreak) (IAM)

The Digital Economy Act – a technical point (1709 Blog)

United States

US General

Immigration and Customs Enforcement – ‘Crime is crime’: meet the Internet police (ArsTechnica)

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google accused of copying (more) Oracle Java code (Plagiarism Today)

Huawei Technologies – Chinese telecom manufacturer says Motorola sold trade secrets: Huawei Technologies v Motorola (ArsTechnica)

US Patents – Decisions

Kodak’s patent valid on USPTO re-exam but invalid at the ITC – ALJ Luckern issues initial determination of no s 337 violation by RIM or Apple in Certain Mobile Telephones and Wireless Communication Devices Featuring Digital Cameras (337-TA-703) (IPBiz) (ITC Law Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple’s US 20110012838: Computer input device including a display device (IPBiz)

Microsoft – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-757) regarding Certain Game Devices against Datel (ITC Law Blog)

Microsoft – Microsoft files new complaint regarding Certain Set-Top Boxes against TiVo (ITC Law Blog)

Panasonic – ALJ Charneski denies Freescale’s motion to disqualify counsel in Certain Large Scale Integrated Circuit Semiconductor Chips (337-TA-716) (ITC Law Blog)

Sharp – Sharp files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices against AU Optronics, BenQ, Hayer, LG, Sanyo and others (ITC Law Blog)

US Copyright

Internet-proofing your cease and desist letter (revisited) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Obama nominates former RIAA lawyer for Solicitor General spot (ArsTechnica)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Funimation – Anime distributor launches piracy assault, sues 1337 BitTorrent users (TorrentFreak)

Corbin Fisher – Gay porn’s P2P ‘amnesty’: cough up $1,000 and you won’t be sued (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

LimeWire – Record labels seek to disqualify LimeWire’s law firm for ethical conflict (Plagiarism Today)

Michael Jackson Estate – MJ’s estate sue for copyright infringement and unfair competition (IPKat)

Ozimals – Second Life gets out of dispute between virtual bunnies & virtual horse: Amaretto Ranch Breedables v. Ozimals (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Copyright Group – No bluff: Far Cry P2P lawsuits revived, refiled cross-country (ArsTechnica)

XPAYS – BitTorrent users sued for sharing Paris Hilton’s sex tape (TorrentFreak)

Zoffa LLC – UFC files lawsuit against for illegal PPV streams (Plagiarism Today)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Microsoft – Inducement to contribute to infringe … to roll on: Microsoft Corp. v. Shah (Ron Coleman’s LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION)

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