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The Pirate Bay infringes copyright, High Court decides | ZDNet

The Pirate Bay infringes copyright, High Court decides | ZDNet | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
Summary: The High Court ruling in a case brought by a collection of music labels against The Pirate Bay looks likely to lead to the popular file-sharing site being blocked by the UK's major ISPs...

 

Pirate Bay soon to be closed for shipping by UK copyright Admiralty.

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EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture - Register

EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture - Register | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big CultureRegisterThe orphan work proposal the Parliament approved yesterday would permit a "good faith" search by a cultural institution, but a search could only be conducted by an authorised...
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An Efficient Function of Patent Trolls

People don’t like patent trolls. These non-practicing entities are seen as economically inefficient, as misappropriating value, and as costing the technology economy money.
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The Titanic Apple Samsung Copyright Battle will Utilize the “Hot Tubbing” of ... - JDJournal.com

The Titanic Apple Samsung Copyright Battle will Utilize the “Hot Tubbing” of ...JDJournal.comAs Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd duke it out in Australia over their copyrights, lawyers are organizing an irregular court procedure: “hot tubbing.”...

 

Better than saunaing or whirlpooling.

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Intellectual property theft crippling US business says report - Central Valley Business Times

Intellectual property theft crippling US business says reportCentral Valley Business TimesProtecting intellectual property is crucial for protecting and creating American jobs, says the report, noting that IP-intensive industries account for nearly...

 

Therein lies the real problem in IP enforcement - the companies have to do it themselves and there is no government Cerebus to police the gates of Hell.

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FOSS Patents: Samsung cites Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' movie as prior art against iPad design patent

FOSS Patents: Samsung cites Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' movie as prior art against iPad design patent | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it

"2001" used as evidence in a Samsung patent case. Didn't think it was possible...

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Anonymous obliterates French firm in trademark fiasco - Examiner.com

Anonymous obliterates French firm in trademark fiasco - Examiner.com | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
BBC NewsAnonymous obliterates French firm in trademark fiascoExaminer.comAnonymous takes swift revenge on a French firm attempting to trademark the iconic image of a headless, suited man framed by olive branches, an image recognized as a central...
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Monsanto's $1 billion patent verdict raises eyebrows - The National Law Journal

Monsanto's $1 billion patent verdict raises eyebrows - The National Law Journal | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
The National Law JournalMonsanto's $1 billion patent verdict raises eyebrowsThe National Law JournalLawyers from Winston & Strawn and Husch Blackwell delivered a $1 billion patent verdict for Monsanto Co.
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the story of the o w l sweater

the story of the o w l sweater | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it

"These blatant and – it is fair to say – rather shoddy copies of my design can now be found on the racks of UK high-street retailer, Debenhams. These sweaters have been “designed” by Red Herring, Debenhams in-house, own-brand fashion line – and cost £35. While many companies have contacted me over the the past few years about the use of my design, I have not received any such contact from Red Herring or Debenhams."

 

Kate Davies Designs vs Debenhams: intellectual property theft not just limited to high technology

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom scores a win in US copyright case - GlobalPost

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom scores a win in US copyright case - GlobalPost | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
NEWS.com.auMegaupload founder Kim Dotcom scores a win in US copyright caseGlobalPostA New Zealand judge ruled the FBI raid on his mansion there was unlawful as authorities failed to use correct warrants.Dotcom search warrants ruled illegalSydney Morning...
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Photographer sues 'Sorry for Partying' shirt makers for copyright infringement - Wisconsin State Journal

Photographer sues 'Sorry for Partying' shirt makers for copyright infringement - Wisconsin State Journal | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
Photographer sues 'Sorry for Partying' shirt makers for copyright infringementWisconsin State JournalA Madison photographer alleges in a lawsuit that this Sconnie Nation T-shirt sold for this year's Mifflin Street Block Party infringes on his...

 

Photographer becomes official party-pooper for Madison, Wisconsin.

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Google's new Nexus 7 tablet apparently infringes Nokia's patents and faces other IP risks

This week Google demoed its new Nexus 7 tablet computer, which is set to compete with the iPad as well as other Android-based devices such as the Kindle Fire.
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Member of the Internet Piracy Group "Imagine" Pleads Guilty to ... - Kansas City infoZine

Member of the Internet Piracy Group "Imagine" Pleads Guilty to ...Kansas City infoZineAccording to Court Documents Conspirators Sought to Illegally Obtain and Disseminate Digital Copies of Copyrighted Motion Pictures Showing in Theaters.

 

Don't do it... it's not a good idea.

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French copyright crackdown claims first victim - ZDNet (blog)

French copyright crackdown claims first victim - ZDNet (blog) | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
BBC NewsFrench copyright crackdown claims first victimZDNet (blog)The first fine has been issued under the French Hadopi law, which aims to punish people for illegally downloading content online.

 

Moral: don't let your kids download songs on your internet connection... you are liable for it, not them.

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Missouri Republican Forced To Take Down Marine Logo On Campaign Bus - ThinkProgress

Missouri Republican Forced To Take Down Marine Logo On Campaign Bus - ThinkProgress | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
ThinkProgressMissouri Republican Forced To Take Down Marine Logo On Campaign BusThinkProgressA Missouri Republican candidate for Senate is taking down the United States Marine Corps logo from his campaign bus after a local paper questioned the...

 

What if I say Semper Fi? Is that a trademark violation? How about E Pluribus Unum?

 

I know that's different, but I had to make that comment...

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myVidster: A Victory for Innovation and a Vote for Sensible Copyright ...

myVidster: A Victory for Innovation and a Vote for Sensible Copyright ... | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
First, the Court failed to apply the appropriate standard for injunctive relief and second, the Court mistakenly found that myVidster's users infringed Flava Work's copyrights. Fortunately, the Seventh Circuit agreed.

 

My favorite quote is this one, from Judge Posner "a Flava Works employee embezzling corporate funds may be stealing and reducing the company’s income, but he is not infringing copyright. A person who sneaks into a movie theater to watch a copyrighted movie — like one who bypasses the Flava Works paywall by watching embedded videos on myVidster — isn’t infringing, either. Stealing a book from a bookstore and reading it “is a bad thing to do,” says Judge Posner, but again it is not copyright infringement. Considering how companies have abused copyright law for years to squelch competition and silence unflattering speech, this recognition is a major one."

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Microsoft files trademark for 'Galactic Reign' - Joystiq

Microsoft files trademark for 'Galactic Reign' - Joystiq | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
Microsoft files trademark for 'Galactic Reign'JoystiqMicrosoft filed a trademark last week for something called "Galactic Reign," specifically in the categories of "video game software," as well as "entertainment services, namely, providing online...

 

I'm going to protect every movie title and game title I can think of (even the generic titles) and then become a copyright troll.

 

Oh wait, that's already being done.

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The Olympic Rings are Gone for Local Taxi Company

The Olympic Rings are Gone for Local Taxi Company | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
This is a small story.
A local taxi company that stepped in it. They used the name “Olympic,” along with the Olympic Rings, to promote their service.
That’s not allowed by federal law. Particularly during the Olympic Games.

 

JUst a quick blog entry over the USOC tearing up small companies.

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Judge prohibits invalidity arguments based on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tomorrow People

Judge Lucy Koh just entered an order on three Samsung motions, all of which sought to modify earlier rulings relating to the evidence Samsung may present at the trial that started on Monday.
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Israel music copyright watchdog to take 10% from artists - Haaretz

Israel music copyright watchdog to take 10% from artists - Haaretz | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
HaaretzIsrael music copyright watchdog to take 10% from artistsHaaretzAcum, the Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers of Music in Israel, sent a letter on Wednesday to representatives of artists who are members of the organization,...
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EUobserver.com / Opinion / Moving the single market for online music

EUobserver.com / Opinion / Moving the single market for online music | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
The EU's collecting societies have not adapted to the global shift to the digital age. Instead, music pirates seize the opportunities that the online world offers, writes Michel Barnier, EU commissioner for Internal Market and Services.

 

Proposal by EU commissioner for Internal Merket and Services to create a "single market" for digital music. 

 

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Man convicted of violating copyright for linking to video content | The ...

Man convicted of violating copyright for linking to video content | The ... | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
A man has been convicted on conspiracy charges relating to his operation of surfthechannel.com, a website offering links to TV and video content. Newcastle crown court heard Anton Vickerman's site had up to 400000 users ...
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Jessie J Slapped With Copyright Infringement Suit Over "Domino" - E! Online

Jessie J Slapped With Copyright Infringement Suit Over "Domino" - E! Online | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
E! OnlineJessie J Slapped With Copyright Infringement Suit Over "Domino"E!

 

Might be interesting to watch and compare the videos, but GEMA restricts viewing in Germany. Still... I'm interested to hear other's opinions as to the similarity between the two songs.

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Patent trolls cost $29 billion a year: study | SmartPlanet

Patent trolls cost $29 billion a year: study | SmartPlanet | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
The level of patent trolling has quadrupled since 2005, a Boston University study finds.

 

There seems to be a serious need for people to litigate these days. Almost as if they have nothing better to do with their time than to chase down money that they really have no right to. Wouldn't it be better if they spent more time making competing technology rather than have kindergarden playground fights over existing technology? "That's my fire truck! No it's mine! Give it back! Mooooooooom! He's got my fire truck! No, it's mine! Well, you're a poo-poo head!"

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Knitters Outraged After U.S. Olympic Committee Squashes Knitting Olympics—and Disses Knitters

Knitters Outraged After U.S. Olympic Committee Squashes Knitting Olympics—and Disses Knitters | International Aspects of Publishing, Intellectual Property and the Law | Scoop.it
If you mess with the Olympics trademark, a cloud of legal hurt will descend on you faster than Tyson Gay in the Men's 100 meters.

 

And if you upset a horde of knitters, you can expect cold feet in winter for the rest of your natural life...

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