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Online Global Week in Review 7 Aug 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Tenenbaum found guilty of wilful copyright infringement, hit with $675,000 fine (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (1709 Copyright Blog) (The IP Factor) (Excess Copyright) (Public Knowledge) (IPKat)

Global – General

Open core licensing: Arguments and applications (IP Osgoode)

Wikipedia and rules proliferation (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Global – Copyright

Petition calling on Amazon to remove DRM from Kindle swiflty obtains over 1000 signatures (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica)

Free culture or ‘digital barbarism’? A novelist on copyright (Ars Technica)

Torrage: World’s first torrent storage service (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks and Domain Names

dot anything domains a brave new world IP Think Tank podcast 30 July 2009 (IP Think Tank)

Congress members seek permanent ICANN-US link (Intellectual Property Watch)

Trademark v free speech – WIPO domain dispute arbitration panel decision in Sutherland Institute v Continuative (IP Osgoode)

Global – Patents

OECD: Tech R&D, innovation hard-hit by economy, but may be turning up (Intellectual Property Watch)


ccTLD .cm open for registration 1 August (Afro-IP)

Canada – General

Appeals court affirms that IsoHunt case to go to full trial (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)

CRTC releases Communications Monitoring Report 2009 (Michael Geist)

Nortel’s patent plum (Patent Librarian’s Notebook)

Canada – Copyright Reform

Tracking the copyright consultation discussion forum – through 4 August (Michael Geist)

Tracking the copyright consultation submissions: 20-24 July 2009 (Michael Geist)

Montreal copyright town hall: summary review (Michael Geist)

Audio of Gatineau copyright consultation roundtable (Michael Geist)

Laura Murray posts comments at Gatineau copyright consultation roundtable (Michael Geist)

Ignatieff joins Writers’ Union, called major coup on copyright (Michael Geist) posts copyright wish lists for ACTRA, CAIP, CLA ITAC, ESA and PIAC (Michael Geist)

ACTRA on copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Lawyers/lobbyists criticise copyright consultations (Excess Copyright)

CRIA & CMPDA lobbyist calls for three strikes system for Canada (Michael Geist)

Closed copyright consultation in Winnipeg draws criticism; attendee list and podcast posted (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Manitoba Music Industry Association distances self from CRIA on copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Canadian copyright reform update (


Newspaper publishers deliver ‘Hamburg Declaration’ to EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media calling for improved copyright protection on the internet (1709 Copyright Blog)

EC – Commission Staff Working Document ‘Europe’s Digital Competitiveness Report’ – fewer than 5% of Europeans had paid for content in the past 3 months (1709 Copyright Blog)

EU Telecommunications Commissioner plans to overhaul internet downloading policies (IP Osgoode)

Dispute in Finland over online discussion regarding circumventing technological protection measures leads to freedom of expression infringement claim before the ECHR (1709 Copyright Blog)

Memorandum of Understanding concluded between EPO and IEEE-SA (IPKat)

EC describes Microsoft’s plan to allow customers to choose web browser ‘a step in the right direction’ (Managing Intellectual Property)


Husha busha – we all fall down! Draft Policy on Open Standards for E-Governance drama (Spicy IP)


Italian Music Industry Federation and film companies sue Pirate Bay seeking to prevent copying of films and TV series (Managing Intellectual Property)


Fair Trade Commission fines Qualcomm for abuse of market dominance (Managing Intellectual Property)


Kyrgyzstan’s biggest torrent site shutdown by police (TorrentFreak)


Pirate Bay verdict disappoints consumers union (TorrentFreak)


City Court of Oslo gives Meltwater an icy reception in copyright case concerning use of extracts from online news articles in online news monitoring service: Meltwater News AS v Mediebriftenes Klareringstjeneste AS (1709 Copyright Blog)


Pirate Bay sale imminent, but who owns it to begin with? (Ars Technica)

Napster’s $10 million bid for The Pirate Bay rejected (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde resigns (TorrentFreak)

Global Gaming Factory plans torrent site assimilation (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

EFF defends Wikipedian Derrick Coetzee’s right to the public domain (EFF)

Oldest BitTorrent site, FileSoup, targeted by police, owner arrested (TorrentFreak)

Software licensees may still face fines – UK government may allow judges to fine anyone who acquires a licence following discovery of infringement (Managing Intellectual Property)

United States
US General

EFF and Public Knowledge to Congress: US Trade Advisory Committee needs technology users’ input (EFF)

The Pirate Bay to be traded on NASDAQ (TorrentFreak)

Fox joins Universal’s war on Redbox DVD rental kiosks (Ars Technica)

US Patents

Patent Litigation Weekly: Scott Harris no so inventive, foes say (The Prior Art)

IBM upsells patent to PTO (12:01 Tuesday)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Amazon loses motion for summary judgment on several patent infringement claims brought by Cordance over online purchasing technology (Washington State Patent Law Blog)

Big Baboon – Big Baboon files infringement suit against Dell, Amazon, HP, FedEx, Honda and others over patents for ‘integrated business-to-business web commerce and business automation’ (Washington State Patent Law Blog)

Blackboard – ITC stays investigation of Desire2Learn course management software products pending Federal Circuit decision (ITC 337 Law Blog)

BTG International – BTG files new 337 complaint regarding MLC flash memory devices against multiple respondents including Samsung, Apple, ASUStek, ASUS, Dell and others (ITC 337 Law Blog)

InterDigital – ITC initial determination that InterDigital’s US licensing activities satisfy the domestic industry requirements of 19 USC § 1337(a)(3)(C) in matter concerning 3Gmobile handsets (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Phicom – ITC initial determination of no violation of s 337 by Phicom, Phiam, Micronics and MJC Electronics in investigation concerning probe card assemblies (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Samsung – Samsung files new 337 complaint regarding flash memory, respondents include Spansion, Alpine Electronics, D-Link, Slacker, Synology, EGreat, and Appro (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Trading Technology – TT appeals district court’s rulings that eSpeeds redesigned products Dual Dynamic and eSpeedometer do not infringe; eSpeed cross-appeals that TT’s patents are not invalid and not unenforceable (PATracer)

US Copyright

Are US copyright industries doing poorly? (IP Think Tank)

US Copyright – Decisions

Tenenbaum found guilty of wilful copyright infringement, hit with $675,000 fine (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (1709 Copyright Blog) (The IP Factor) (Excess Copyright) (Public Knowledge) (IPKat)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Amazon hit with class action lawsuit over Kindle deletion (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (EFF)

Associated Press – Rights expression vs rights enforcement: clarifying the Associated Press story (Creative Commons)

eBay – Ebay developing new backend for Skype to resolve copyright, confidential information dispute with Joltid (Ars Technica) (Intellectual Property Watch)

US Trademarks and Domain Names

First ever criminal arrest for domain name theft made over (Ars Technica)

US Trade Marks – Decisions

District Court N D California: Google not liable for false ads – Goddard v Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court S D New York: Motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction granted in case concerning website: The Royalty Network v et al (The Trademark Blog)

UDRP divided panel denies American Automobile Association’s request to obtain domain name (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google goes on offensive in AdWords trademark lawsuit Google v John Beck Amazing Profits (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Zimbabwe for sale (Afro-IP)


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