Online Global Week in Review 30 Oct 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

UK to introduce three strikes policy (Michael Geist) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Prepare for disconnection! French ‘3 strikes’ law now legal (Ars Technica) (IP Watch)

Chinese authors condemn Google book deal (Managing Intellectual Property) (China Blawg) (China Hearsay)

Global – General

Happy 40th birthday internet (Securing Innovation)

Global – Copyright

Anti-piracy laws and lawsuits fail to change social norms (TorrentFreak)

Discussion of Alan Kaufman’s ‘The Electronic Book Burning’ (1709 Copyright Blog)

Paranoid Android- sharp divide between the approach of old media and new media to copyright and content   (1709 Copyright Blog)

Global access to OER – A report by UNESCO (Creative Commons)

Building out legal permissions on the semantic web (

The clash between copyright holders and personal data (1709 Copyright Blog)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Adwords and trademark law (SPICY IP)

Domain names: a UDRP epiphany – UDRP has been misunderstood for ten years after two recent decisions WIPO – and (JIPLP)

ICANN meeting – draft applicant guidebook for new TLDs – initial process to be kicked two years into the future (Trademark Blog)


Copyright consultation submissions: Canadian musicians vs Canadian recording industry spokesperson (Michael Geist)

Study finds Canadian C-61 anti-circumvention provisions unconstitutional (Michael Geist)

Business method patents – debate continues (IPblog)


Chinese authors condemn Google book deal (Managing Intellectual Property) (China Blawg) (China Hearsay)

Games on iPhone are 50-90 percent pirated (IP Dragon)


RIAA Anti-piracy partner clueless about BitTorrent (TorrentFreak)


It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to: Pirate Party (JIPLP)

3-strikes for Pirates makes European comeback tour (TorrentFreak)

European Commission paper on single market for creative content (IP Watch)

OHIM now using Twitter and YouTube (Class 46)


Prepare for disconnection! French ‘3 strikes’ law now legal (Ars Technica) (IP Watch)


Denic softens its registration rules (IPKat)


Pirate Bay founders banned from running the site (TorrentFreak)

Fresh Pirate Bay purchase attempt by four potential buyers (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

ISP threatens legal action against UK over anti-piracy plans (TorrentFreak)

UK to introduce three strikes policy (Michael Geist) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

United States
US General

Facebook for scientists gets millions in funding – social network for scientists and researchers (Technology Transfer Tactics)

US Patents

Patenting the virtual world: Webkinz (12:01 Tuesday)

US Patents – Decisions

ITC decides to review and affirm initial determination in investigation concerning 3G mobile handsets involving InterDigital (complainant) and Nokia (respondent) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Nokia asserts 10 patents against Apple relating to iPhone (IPKat) (Tangible IP) (IAM)

Memorylink – Memorylink gets to fight another day in patent inventorship dispute Memorylink Corp v Motorola Inc (Property, intangible)

Sandisk – ITC throws out Sandisk’s attempts to prevent imports of flash memory into the US (The IP Factor)

SiRF Technology – Federal Circuit to hear oral argument in SiRF Technology appeal against ITC decision on November 4 (ITC Law Blog)

US Copyright

Prepaid providers seek to put locks on your phone and their hands in your pocket (EFF)

‘Hall of Shame’ calls out bogus internet censorship (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Sony CEO pleads poverty but the movie industry is loaded (TorrentFreak)

Oh Hollywood: Netflix profit leaching and longer movie rental delays (Public Knowledge)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York: Summary judgment in favour of Verizon on ringtone royalty case (IPKat)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Texas Instruments – TI still issuing DMCA takedown letters over online discussions about techniques to get more functionality from TI calculators (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Chamber of Commerce – US Chamber of Commerce issues DMCA takedown notice against ‘parody’ website (IP Watch) (Public Knowledge)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Soaring Helmet voluntarily dismisses Google from AdWord trade mark lawsuit against Bill Me (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google – Daniel Jurin finds new attorney and files new AdWords complaint against Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google – Court tosses false endorsement and conspiracy claims but remainder of Rosetta Stone’s case against Google over AdWords remains in tact (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google – Google’s voluntary dismissal of declaratory judgment action fails to affect venue (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


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