Google to AU Govt: Piracy is Down to Pricing, Availability (CNET)
In a submission to the Australian government, Google said that harsh regulation is not the solution to piracy, which it says is instead the result of poor “availability and pricing.”
Intellectual Property Rights Case Load Overwhelming Fledgling Court (The Moscow Times)
Overworked and understaffed, Russia’s fledgling Intellectual Property Rights Court is watching nervously as its case load continues to climb. Since it was founded six months ago, more than 2,000 cases have been filed with the court.
Software Piracy Crackdown Helps State Businesses (Shreveport Times)
Louisiana’s crackdown on a foreign manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills that was using pirated software to make products at reduced prices is expected to have national impact and improve competition for local manufacturers.
Getty Images Makes Much of its Photo Portfolio Free to Use (CNET)
Getty Images has launched an Embed tool that allows people to use more than 35 million of the service’s portfolio of images for free. Getty says its images have been widely pirated on the web for years, and the purpose of the program is to find new revenue streams for the photographers and the company.
U.S. Court Orders Seizure of DVD-Ripping Software Domains and Funds (Torrent Freak)
A New York federal court has granted the seizure of several domain names, bank funds and social media accounts belonging to DVD-ripping software company DVDFab.
Congress Gets Out Club for Patent ‘Trolls’ (The Hill)
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, as well as a wide swath of different industries have aligned behind the push for a crackdown on so-called patent trolls.
SIIA Announces New Intellectual Property Protection Division
SIIA is significantly expanding its enforcement efforts, and will now target a broad range of intellectual property violations, on behalf of both software and content publishers. The new program, now called the Intellectual Property Protection Division or IPP Division, will continue its anti-piracy efforts but will now investigate and resolve many more types of nefarious activities that can adversely affect a participating company’s brand, intellectual property or reputation, such as: counterfeiting, fraud, unauthorized access, fraudulent use of domain names, and more.
SIIA will also assist participating publishers with the protection of their intellectual property. These protection services will include such things as assisting publishers with registering their valuable IP with the U.S. Copyright Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, registering their brands with the new domain name Trademark Clearinghouse, and more. The IPP Division will also place a renewed emphasis on content piracy and offer a range of specialized services that address the varying needs of participating content publishers.
More information about the new SIIA IPP Division is available here.
Important Message About Protecting Your Brands
Late last year, ICANN began approving the first new gTLDs. Like all new domain names that are or will be approved by ICANN, these new gTLDs will not go live until after brand owners are given a brief window to register addresses using their own brands before anyone else can. For more information about this process see this SIIA alert and FAQs. SIIA has created a new domain name alert system for those companies that are interested in knowing what new domain names are approved, when they will go live and how to protect themselves. Those who sign up for the alert will receive a weekly email from SIIA notifying them what new gTLDs have been approved by ICANN, and other relevant information. If you are interested in receiving these alerts, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add your name to the list of alert recipients.
Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA. Follow Keith on Twitter at @keithkup and sign up for the Intellectual Property Roundup weekly newsletter here.