U.S. State Department Funds 12 IP Protection Projects Worldwide (Intellectual Property Watch)
The U.S. State Department announced its approval of $2.6 million in total funds for 12 anti-crime projects around the world aimed at intellectual property protection. The full press release is available here.
Chinese Nationals Charged With Software Piracy; Former NASA Employee Also Charged (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement)
Two Chinese nationals have been charged in a 46-count superseding indictment for a variety of charges including software piracy and illegally exporting technology to China. Additionally, a Maryland man, and former NASA employee, has pleaded guilty to charges of criminal copyright infringement.
‘For Dummies’ Guide Publisher, Wiley, Seeks Piracy Trial (BBC)
Publisher John Wiley & Sons is demanding a trial by jury of people accused of illegally copying and distributing Wiley’s ‘For Dummies’ books through the use of Bittorrent.
RapidShare Looks To Voluntary Practices To Stave Off Anti-Piracy Legislation (NationalJournal)
File-hosting website RapidShare unveiled voluntary proposals, including fielding a trained “anti-abuse team” to quickly respond to copyright violations, that it says will help stem the tide of online piracy and copyright infringement.
Google Ordered To Stop Copyright Violations On YouTube (The New York Times)
A German court has ordered Google to install filters on its YouTube service in Germany to detect and stop people from gaining access to material for which they do not own the rights.
ICANN System Glitch Delays Reveal Of New gTLD Applications (ICANN)
This ICANN FAQ document confirms that ICANN will not be in a position next Monday to reveal the new gTLD applications received, as originally scheduled. It does not provide a new date.
Ultraviolet Code Crackdown Starting On eBay (WebProNews)
Hollywood studios are cracking down on the sale of ultraviolet codes on eBay, saying the sale of the codes is akin to copyright infringement.
Sweden’s Pirate Religion Begins To Plunder America (U.S. News)
A Swedish religion whose dogma centers on the belief that people should be free to copy and distribute all information—regardless of any copyright or trademarks—has made its way to the United States.
Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.