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Online Global Week in Review 9 Apr 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

French Parliament passes 3-strikes HADOPI law (Ars Technica) (Media Wonk) (TorrentFreak) (IPKat) (Out-Law) (Intellectual Property Watch) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda)

USTR releases ACTA summary (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda) (Out-Law) (Intellectual Property Watch)

Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit expands trade mark rights, restricts consumer search options: Rescuecom Corp v Google, Inc (EFF) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Law360) (Ars Technica) (Out-Law) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Global – General

TomTom v Microsoft Linux, Australian and US patent reform – IP Think Tank podcast 6 April 2009 (IP Think Tank)

Open source race to zero may destroy software industry (IP Watchdog)

The end of Encarta, the innovator’s dilemma, and the tragedy of the anti-commons (IP finance)

Global – Copyright

iPods, first sale, President Obama and the Queen of England (EFF) (Excess Copyright) (Intellectual Property Watch)

MPA set to challenge Newzbin Usenet indexer in court (TorrentFreak)

Future of Music Coalition releases set of principles it hopes will govern distribution of revenues from new models of music sale (Ars Technica)

Sports broadcasters go after live streaming pirates (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks

Special interests seeking power in ICANN’s new stakeholder group (Intellectual Property Watch)


MPA disappointed as movie cammer walks free from court (TorrentFreak)


DFAIT posts ACTA presentation (Michael Geist)

Canada’s Act briefing, part one: ACTA is a response to WIPO gridlock (Michael Geist)

Canada’s Act briefing, part two: The Treaty provisions (Michael Geist)

Canada’s Act briefing, part three: Official summary document (Michael Geist)

Canada’s Act briefing, part four: Timeline (Michael Geist)

Canada’s Act briefing, part five: Fight over a de minimis exception (Michael Geist)

Canadian ACTA consultation report revealed (Michael Geist)

US House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on copyright piracy – Canada blamed, again (Michael Geist) (Daily News)


Giving away music for free to destroy copyright piracy: operation success, patient dead? (IP Dragon) (ContentAgenda)


Study by Institute of European Media Law: Blanket licence for non-commercial copies needed (Intellectual Property Watch)


French Parliament passes 3-strikes HADOPI law (Ars Technica) (Media Wonk) (TorrentFreak) (IPKat) (Out-Law) (Intellectual Property Watch) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda)

France to block Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

AdWords: French first instance court condemns the advertiser: Onixxa v Skin’up (Class 46)


Software copyright raids: striking an optimal balance (Spicy IP)

Placing software piracy raids in perspective: A response by the BSA (Spicy IP)


National Assembly passes new ‘three strikes’ anti-file sharing provision (ContentAgenda)


Two days after Sweden’s new anti-piracy law came into force, two men arrested for file-sharing (TorrentFreak)

As Sweden’s internet anonymity fades, traffic plunges (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (Innovationpartners)

Facebook blocks all Pirate Bay links (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

Nominet dispute resolution panel: Clothes shop Oasis loses bid for because any behaviour abusive of its trade marks on the site was the result of its own actions (Out-Law)

How viewing live BBC TV by wi-fi could break licensing laws (Out-Law)

United States
US General

USTR releases ACTA summary (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda) (Out-Law) (Intellectual Property Watch)

Red Hat CEO praises Obama openness, calls for open source adoption (Ars Technica)

It’s the IP, stupid – IBM, Sun merger deal collapses (IAM)

47 USC 230 conference on intermediaries at Fordham: Prof Goldman’s notes (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US General – Decisions

Superior Court of Delaware: mixed ruling, including damages award of over $2 million for Inisoft, in contract, fraud and trade secrets fight between Block Financial Corp (Law360)

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Adobe Systems – ThinkVillage-Kiwi adds claims of breach of confidence and common law misappropriation to suit against Adobe over popular Adobe application (Law360)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: No broad rule of exclusion under Bilski, thus fact issues precluded judgment on the pleadings: Versata Software, Inc v Sun Microsystems, Inc ( (Law360)

District Court C D California: Nomadix wins $3.2 million award in wireless patent suit against Second Rule (Law360)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Acquis – Acquis sues IBM, HP, others for infringement of patents related to blade server technology (Law360)

Apple – Elan Microelectronics Corp files suit against Apple over touch screen patent (Law360)

Apple – Minnesota inventor Mitchell Prust sues Apple over online disk drive patent (Law360)

Clear With Computers – Textron terminated from online sale patent suit brought by CWC against dozens of companies (Law360)

Database Records Management – DRM sues IBM and others for infringement of patent on database organisation (Law360)

FotoMedia – Kaboose,, Bubbleshare and BabyZone latest parties to settle with FotoMedia over patents covering online process that allows users to upload and share photos (Law360)

Hewlett-Packard – HP, Global Innovation Holdings settle suit over data security patents (Law360)

Microsoft – TomTom agrees patent payouts to Microsoft (Out-Law) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Moaec – Federal judge dismisses allegations that Napster and Pandora Media infringe Moeac’s patents (Law360)

Parallel Networks – PN sues Google, Amazon, Kayak Software for infringement of patent relating to way servers handle data requests from lower speed clients (Law360)

Skype – Eidos Communications accuses Skype of wilfully infringing patents covering voice mail technology (Law360)

Software Rights Archive – Bid to toss SRA’s search patent suit against Google and Yahoo fails (Law360)

TQP Development – Bank of America, Merrill Lynch become first companies to settle patent infringement claims brought by TQP over online encrypted data transmission method (Law360)

VoxPath – Apptix latest dropped from VoxPath VoIP patent suit (Law360)

US Copyright

House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on copyright piracy (Managing Intellectual Property) (Ars Technica)

Minnesota lawmakers consider taxing digital downloads (ContentAgenda)

President of Universal Pictures says piracy is going out of fashion (TorrentFreak)  

MPAA President to be thrown out (TorrentFreak)

MediaDefender buys MediaSentry (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court Arizona upholds $6.5 million judgment in World of Warcraft bot battle (Law360)

District Court Minnesota: $222,000 damages award nullified in P2P file-sharing case: Capital Records Inc v Thomas (IP Frontline)

Hot news’ claims fail against Perez Hilton and newspaper obituaries (The Prior Art)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Reading Rights Coalition protest removal of text-to-speech function from Kindle 2 e-books (Excess Copyright) (EFF) (EFF) (Michael Geist) (Lessig)

Apple – Apple iTunes drops DRM (ContentAgenda) (ContentAgenda)

Apple – Epic Records to distribute iTunes ‘pass’ for music group the Fray allowing pass-holders to access songs, video, photos spaced out over several weeks (ContentAgenda)

Associated Press – AP launches campaign against ‘misappropriation’ by online news services (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (Public Knowledge) (ContentAgenda) (Out-Law)

Google – New York Law School asks for delay of approval of Google Book settlement until antitrust concerns are adequately considered (Excess Copyright) (The Prior Art)

RIAA – Radiohead to testify against RIAA in Tenenbaum file-sharing trial; President Obama backs RIAA (TorrentFreak) (Intellectual Property Watch)

Warner Music Group – Warner not just going after YouTube, slideshow removed from Vimeo over background music (ZDNet) (EFF)

US Trade Marks – Decisions

Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit expands trade mark rights, restricts consumer search options: Rescuecom Corp v Google, Inc (EFF) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Law360) (Ars Technica) (Out-Law) (Managing Intellectual Property)


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