This Week in IP Enforcement

The U.S. Threat To Sue Apple And Publishers: What It Means (paidContent)
The Justice Department is planning to sue Apple and five publishers for conspiring to fix the prices of e-books in order to raise prices. This article takes a look at the case and what may happen next.

EU Open To Settlement With E-Book Publishers (Reuters)
EU regulators are open to a settlement with the e-book publishers they have been investigating for price-fixing, if the publishers will offer concessions to resolve competition concerns.

UK ISPs Must Write Letters To Pirates, Other Measures Some Way Off (paidContent)
The Court of Appeal ruled against two UK ISPs’ case over the Digital Economy Act, meaning UK ISPs will have to write warning letters to illegal downloaders identified by rightsholders to notify them of the allegations and provide information about legal alternatives, evidence, and appeals.

Germany Wants Publishers Paid For Online News Clips (The New York Times)
In a move aimed at helping newspapers generate new revenue, the German governing coalition said it intends to introduce legislation requiring search engines and news aggregators to pay to use news excerpts.

Aereo Files Countersuit Against TV Broadcasters (Reuters)
Eleven days after broadcasters sued Aereo to stop its plans to retransmit their programs, Aereo filed a countersuit seeking a declaration that it does not infringe their copyrights.

China Steps Up Anti-Piracy Fight (Variety)
China’s top judge reported that 66,000 intellectual property rights cases went to litigation in 2011, up 38% over 2010. The report comes as the Chinese government has opened the doors to more Hollywood products within the quota system for foreign movies, and said it would redouble efforts to fight piracy.


Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.