Online GWiR 16 January 2009 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

District Court Massachusetts allows pubic broadcast of RIAA file-sharing lawsuit: BMG v Tenenbaum (Techdirt) (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica)

Court in Shenzhen convicts 11 people in Microsoft piracy case (Managing Intellectual Property) (IP Dragon)

Obama’s Canadian visit and copyright (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)



Global – General

Open innovation in the business world – Guest feature by Jordan S Hatcher, ipVA (IP finance)

Business model innovation to beat the blues (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)


Global – Copyright

Internet has killed entertainment business model, warns author and former Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Keen (Managing Intellectual Property)

Windows 7 Beta rollout fails without BitTorrent (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks

Brave new web: trade mark rights in the expanding internet (Intellectual Property Law Blog)

Twitter squatters take over where domain squatters left off: resolution policy needed? (Techdirt)


Music industry’s digital reversal (Michael Geist)

Obama’s Canadian visit and copyright (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

Czech Republic

CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 licence draft in public discussion (Creative Commons)


Movie house Huayi Brothers sues,,, and VOC-one in Haidian District People’s Court over video-sharing (ContentAgenda)

Court in Shenzhen convicts 11 people in Microsoft piracy case (Managing Intellectual Property) (IP Dragon)


EU conceals ACTA documents (TorrentFreak)

Eurid announces registration of 3 million .eu domain names (Class 46)

Czech Arbitration Court launches online UDRP system (Managing Intellectual Property)

Middle East

Hackers deface website of Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance, week later website still hasn’t been repaired (TorrentFreak)

New Zealand

Is the new copyright law a lose-lose proposition? (ContentAgenda)


Franz Ferdinand sends Web-Sheriff after pirates (TorrentFreak) (Techdirt)


Sony Ericsson to be first in Singapore to sell major-label music files without DRM (ContentAgenda)


Pirate Bay’s tour bus to become court case press centre (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

UK censors responses to piracy consultation (TorrentFreak)

Framlingham College wins cybersquatting case against Canadian domain parkers Realm Solutions (Techdirt)


United States

US General

AALS: IP law – Liability for intermediaries under copyright and trade mark law (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log)

AALS: law and computers – Free and open source: next generation issues (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log)

IRS urged to tax virtual worlds, economies (Ars Technica) (Techdirt)

US General – Decisions

District Court E D New York: Cautionary tale of website co-ownership: Mikhlyn v Bove (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

You can’t buy personal jurisdiction on eBay: Boschetto v Hansing (IP Law Blog)

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Psystar – Psystar back to first sale defence against Apple: software legally purchased (Techdirt)

US Copyright

State of the Net 2009: More of the same on digital copyright (Techdirt)

EFF kicks off campaign to free your phone – software locks on cell phones stifle competition and cripple consumers (EFF) (EFF)

Federal Trade Commission commissions Town Hall meeting on DRM (TorrentFreak)

UMG executive says litigation, aggression won’t end piracy (ContentAgenda)

iTunes songs don’t have DRM, but they contain your email address (Techdirt) (Slashdot)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York denies summary judgment to two French fashion designers who claim news magazine infringed their copyright by posting photographs of their full collections on the internet: Sarl Feraud International v Viewfinder and Pierre Balmain Viewfinder ( (Techdirt)

District Court Massachusetts allows pubic broadcast of RIAA file-sharing lawsuit: BMG v Tenenbaum (Techdirt) (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Fox – Fox News uses DMCA to take down videos used in commentary (Techdirt) (Ars Technica)

RIAA – RIAA files another file-sharing copyright suit against an individual after announcing that it will stop suing individuals (Techdirt)

RIAA – DtecNet replaces MediaSentry as chief evidence collector for RIAA (TorrentFreak)

SCO Group – SCO proposes sale of assets to continue litigation over alleged violations of its copyrights in Linux (Slashdot) (Ars Technica)

Warner Music – Warner kills off attempt by Facebook to open online music service (Techdirt)

YouTube – YouTube cuts off video essayist Keven B Lee following copyright complaints (Michael Geist) (Techdirt)

YouTube – YouTube removing sound from music videos rather than takedowns? (Techdirt)

US Trade Marks

2009 Law360 Litigation Almanac: Internet is star witness in today’s trade mark law (Law360)

US Patents

Digital music streaming obvious to EFF? (IP Think Tank)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC dismisses Friskit v RealNetworks, concerning patents related to searching and playing online media content, citing KSR (Law360) (Hal Wegner)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

DNT – Acacia subsidiary DNT files lawsuit against major cell phone companies including Sprint Nextel, Verizon and T-Mobile alleging wireless modem cards infringe its patent (Law360)

IconFind – IconFind files patent infringement suit against Yahoo over online photo-sharing service (Law360)

Microsoft – Microsoft seeks pay-as-you-go computer patent (IP Watchdog)

NuVox – NuVox counterclaim dismisses over failure to state claim in patent dispute with Sprint Nextel over technology allowing calls to be made over the internet (Law360)

Xpoint Technologies – Xpoint sues competitors including Intel, Microsoft, Dell for alleged infringement of patents related to data backup and recovery technology (Law360)



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