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Online GWiR 20 February 2009 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Pirate Bay trial updates (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda) (TorrentFreak) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Media Wonk) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Out-Law) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (ContentAgenda) (ContentAgenda) (ContentAgenda) (ContentAgenda)

New Zealand Internet blackout – Activism growing in response to rule requiring internet service to be terminated upon mere accusation of copyright infringement (Lessig) (EFF) (Michael Geist) (Public Knowledge)

Facebook does U-turn on eternal data grab ( (Out-Law) (Internet Cases) (Law360) (Techdirt) (Public Knowledge)



Global – Copyright

Facebook does U-turn on eternal data grab ( (Out-Law) (Internet Cases) (Law360) (Techdirt) (Public Knowledge)

Facebook controversy and the value of human readable deeds (Creative Commons)

Open book publishing (IP finance)

Paper by A A Adams and I Brown on ineffectiveness of using ISPs to policy copyright (BoingBoing)

BitTorrent still king of P2P traffic – global stats on P2P trends (TorrentFreak)

U2’s new album leaks early despite ‘private hearings’ (TorrentFreak)

CodeSuite – Detecting software copyright infringement (Philip Brooks’ Patent Infringement Updates)

Global – Trade Marks

WIPO rules on (Intellectual Property Watch) (Ars Technica)


Australian copyright laws stymied Google bushfire map overview (Techdirt)


Canadian judge: no warrant needed to see ISP logs (Ars Technica)

How licensing deals can help the music industry (Jeremy de Beer)


Cuba launches own variant of Linux hoping to replace Microsoft software (Techdirt)


ISP liability, copyright term extension key IP issues for Europe this year (Intellectual Property Watch)


Criminal Chamber of the Tribunal de Grande Instance hands movie leakers suspended jail sentences (TorrentFreak)


The DRM perspective: is prevention better than cure? (International Law Office)


Eircom settlement on terms that it would operate ‘three strikes’ regime (IPKat)

New Zealand

Internet blackout – Activism growing in response to rule requiring internet service to be terminated upon mere accusation of copyright infringement (Lessig) (EFF) (Michael Geist) (Public Knowledge)

South Africa

Business Software Alliance conducts over R2 million worth in actions against illegal software in South Africa (Afro-IP)

Coca-Cola Company successful in bid to close My Coke Fest blog (Afro-IP)


Pirate Bay trial updates (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda) (TorrentFreak) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Media Wonk) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Out-Law) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Techdirt) (ContentAgenda) (ContentAgenda) (ContentAgenda) (ContentAgenda)

Swedish newspaper has tremendous success ‘beta testing’ article on The Pirate Bay (Techdirt)

Download ‘Steal This Film’ – Spectrial edition (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

Google’s ad ‘monopoly’ under fire (ContentAgenda)

 New protections for brand owners: Company Names Tribunal; keyword advertising (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)


United States

US General

Does vigorous defence deter spurious suits?: Google’s strategy (PatLit)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Acer – Acer, license cos. dismiss microprocessor IP suit (Law360)

Apple – Picsel Research and Piscel Technologies claim Apple iPhone scrolling feature violates their patents (Techdirt) (Out-Law) (Law360)

ASUSTeK – Patent licensers settle microprocessor patent spat with ASUSTeK (Law360)

BCD – BCD settles Power Integrations patent claims (Law360)

DataTern – DataTern sues United Airlines, American Express, Hertz and others for infringement of patent related to accessing databases (Law360)

Delta Air Lines – Ambit Corp files patent infringement lawsuit against Delta over its Gogo Inflight Internet system (Law360)

eDigital Corp – Nikon reaches settlement with eDigital in lawsuit accusing Nikon and several others of infringing flash memory patents (Law360)

Harmonix Music Systems – Harmonix claims Konami’s ‘Rock Revolution’ guitar infringes its patent (Law360)

Intel – Intel files suit against Nvidia seeking declaratory judgment that licensing agreements between the companies do not extend to certain Nvidia products (Law360)

Renhcol – Pregame, Ontario Limited, IGC Entertainment and National Sports Services settle with Renhcol in ‘web-based prediction marketplace’ patent suit (IP Frontline)

Seagate – Seagate sues National Union Fire Insurance Co which paid just $4 million of the $10 million it cost Seagate to bring an earlier patent action against Cornice (PatLit)

Seagate – STEC, Seagate drop solid-state drives patent fight (Law360)

Wall Wireless – WW accuses Nintendo, Sony, Nokia and others of infringing a patent that lets multiple users play video games in real time online (Law360)

US Copyright

RIAA introduces ‘Music Rules!’ anti-piracy program for school students grades 3-8 (Excess Copyright)

Air Force engineers develop BitTorrent sniffer (Ars Technica)

Comments filed with FTC regarding DRM (Ars Technica) (Public Knowledge)

Another iPhone app banned: Apple deems South Park app ‘potentially offensive’ (EFF)

‘DMCA Triennial Anticircumvention Exception Wars’ – Apple, MPAA, RIAA attack DRM circumvention requests (Ars Technica) (EFF) (ContentAgenda)

Downloaded digital products facing possible taxability in N Carolina (ContentAgenda)

National Association of Broadcasters, SoundExchange reach accord on music webcast royalties (ContentAgenda)

Fair use, yes, but is it transformative? (Public Knowledge)

US Copyright – Decisions

S D Ohio: RIAA’s need for discovery was not so urgent: Elektra Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Does 1-6 (Internet Cases)

Texas man sentenced to 41 months in prison for selling counterfeit software (Intellectual Property Watch)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Authors’ Guild digs itself in deeper concerning Kindle text-to-speech; rights for the blind (Techdirt) (Excess Copyright)

Associated Press – AP enforcement action against syndicator survives dismissal motion; copyright, hot news, common law unfair competition claims to go ahead: Associated Press v All Headline News (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (The Trademark Blog) (Law360)

Boxee – Studios block Boxee from accessing Hulu content, shoot selves in feet (Public Knowledge)

Canon – Canon tries to shut down fake Canon parody blog (Techdirt) (Out-Law)

Summertown Sun – Summertown Sun issues takedown notices for public domain photos put on Flickr (Techdirt)

World Wrestling Entertainment – WWE puts smackdown on Digg posts (Chilling Effects)

US Trademarks

Can tort theory enable plaintiff to recover UDRP filing fees? (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

US Trade Marks – Decisions

District Court S D Texas: Yahoo’s sale of competitive keyword ads isn’t false designation of origin: Heartbrand Beef, Inc v Lobel’s of New York, LLC (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Jones Day – Jones Day, settle hyperlink trade mark suit (The Trademark Blog) (Law360) (Techdirt) 


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