Crowdsourcing the News: Do We Need a Public License For Citizen Journalism? (paidContent)
Social platforms like YouTube have become a rich source of “citizen journalism” about breaking news events, but media outlets don’t always provide credit. Mark Little of Storyful wants to try and change that with a public license for video news.
Kim Dotcom Claims Patent on Security Feature (The Verge)
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of infringing his intellectual property rights and violating his two-step security patent, pointing to a patent dating back to 1997 as proof for his claim.
TV Broadcasters Launch Aereokiller Lawsuit in Washington (The Hollywood Reporter)
Major television broadcasters filed a new copyright infringement lawsuit last week against Aereokiller and FilmOn.TV as part of an ongoing effort to shut down services like Aereo that stream over-the-air TV to computer and mobile devices.
Man Arrested for Defrauding Walmart of $624K (Daily Mail)
A South Carolina man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding Walmart of $624,000 through an elaborate scheme that involved returning pirated software and DVDs.
Is Protecting Intellectual Property from Cyberthieves Futile? (CNET)
Experts gathering to discuss intellectual property theft say that a fix to the global problem will require the application of economic sanctions, not just more technology.
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Dennis Blair and Jon Huntsman: Protect U.S. Intellectual Property Rights (The Washington Post)
Adm. Dennis Blair and former Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. argue that the ongoing theft of U.S. intellectual property is “the greatest transfer of wealth in history,” and call for stronger measures to make IP theft both risky and costly for thieves.
Sen. Cornyn Targets Patent Trolls With New Bill (The Hill)
Sen. John Cornyn introduced the Patent Abuse Reduction Act, a new bill aimed at cracking down on abusive patent litigation. The bill would give defendants more information about the firms suing them and would limit the types of documents the firms would have to produce in discovery.
Putin Calls for Stronger Intellectual Property Protection (UPI.com)
Russian President Vladimir Putin says filmmakers will leave the country if the country does not come up with a more effective system to protect intellectual property rights on the Internet.
Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.