The week’s top 5 IP enforcement headlines

1. Baidu Announces New Anti-Piracy Measures (Wall Street Journal)
Chinese online-search provider Baidu announced that it will begin to use new copyright-recognition technology on its online document-sharing platform to prevent sharing of pirated content. 

2. ICANN Asks to be Set Free (The Inquirer)
ICANN sent a letter to the Department of Commerce last week asking NTIA to privatize ICANN, saying that the security and stability of the Internet would be enhanced by moving to a cooperative agreement.

3. U.S. Internet Piracy on the Decline? (USAToday)
A report by the NPD Group says that Internet piracy is on the decline in the United States.

4. Have Microsoft’s Anti-Piracy Efforts Gone Too Far? (ZDNet)
The article questions whether Microsoft’s efforts to get new anti-piracy legislation passed in the state of Washington go too far.

5. Photobucket Rebuffs A Copyright Lawsuit—A Pattern Likely To Continue (paidcontent.org)
In Wolk v. Eastman Kodak, a visual artist lost her suit against Photobucket and Kodak, in which she alleged that her copyrighted illustrations were uploaded to the photo-sharing network without her permission.  As in similar cases brought against Veoh and YouTube, the court found that Photobucket was immune from liability under the “safe harbor” of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

This week’s IP enforcement headlines

Google Counters Ads for Counterfeit Goods (Information Week)
Google announced in the second half of 2010 it shut down 50,000 accounts for advertising counterfeit goods, and will continue to take additional steps to combat advertising of counterfeit goods through its advertising programs.

Chinese Writers Slam Baidu for Copyright Infringement (Reuters)
China’s top search engine, Baidu Inc., is being accused of copyright infringement by a group of Chinese authors who claim the search engine allows users to post their works online without their consent.

Some More Bad News for Copyright-Enforcer Righthaven (Paid Content))
Righthaven loses a second fair use ruling in a lawsuit against an Oregon non-profit in which U.S. District Judge James Mahan ruled the non-profit’s posting of a full copy of a news article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal was “fair use.”

Court Rejects Google Books Settlement (CNET)
A New York federal district court has rejected a controversial settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought against Google Books by the Authors Guild, in which Google was granted the right to continue a six-year book-scanning project.

Time Warner Cable may be getting itself into a licensing dispute with content providers over its new iPad app, which allows subscribers to view live television channels via the iPad. (PC Mag)
Does Time Warner Cable iPad App Violate its Content Licensing Deals?

Trademark Battles Over “App Store” Continue, as Apple Sues Amazon (Paid Content)
Apple sues Amazon over the use of the phrase “App Store,” which it sees as its trademark and not just a common descriptor.



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