Justice Department Sides with Broadcasters in Fight Against Aereo (Los Angeles Times)
The Department of Justice is siding with broadcasters in their legal fight against Aereo, saying in a brief filed at the Supreme Court that Aereo is “clearly infringing” on the copyrights of the broadcasters whose content it is streaming without permission.
‘Six Strikes’ Thwarting Piracy, Leader Says (The Hill)
Jill Lesser, manager of the Center for Copyright Information, said their national effort to crack down on Internet piracy through a “six strikes” system is seeing success, and fears about the system were misplaced.
U.S. High Court Sets Record for Intellectual Property Caseload (Reuters)
In the U.S. Supreme Court’s nine-month term ending in June, the justices will decide eight cases on intellectual property issues: six on patent law and two on copyright law.
House Passes Watered-Down Phone Unlocking Bill that Bans “Bulk” Resale (Ars Technica)
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it legal for individuals to unlock cell phones for use on a different carrier’s network, but only after watering the bill down enough that consumer advocates opposed the legislation.
Piracy Law Could Be Expanded to Books and Music (The Moscow Times)
A Russian law curtailing illegal distribution of video content online may soon be extended to all intellectual property.
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 at email@example.com 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.