Intellectual Property Roundup

Enforcement News
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.

IP Policy News

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.

This Week’s Top IP Enforcement Headlines

Amazon Kindle Users Finally Can Check Out (Some) Library E-Books (paidContent)
Amazon’s library lending service for Kindle is now live at more than 11,000 libraries nationwide.

Why Cutting a Deal With Oracle Should Be Google’s Top Android Priority (paidContent)
While settlement discussions have not progressed very far, Oracle has lowered its damages request, and the author argues Google should reach a deal with Oracle since it has more to lose than Oracle at trial.

Amazon Wins ‘One-Click’ Purchasing Patent Appeal (Reuters)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Amazon did not infringe technology patented by Cordance Corp.

$10 Settlement Offers: The Entertainment Industry’s New Copyright Tactic (paidContent)
Content owners are using Digital Rights Corp to monitor file-sharing sites and send $10 settlement offers in a new copyright enforcement tactic based on a massive scale and low dollar amounts.

ICE’s Morton Aims to Pull the Plug on Piracy (The Hill)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton talks about the importance and his focus on fighting intellectual property violations.

NYC Cracking Down on Counterfeit Merchandise to Protect Image, Money (AMNewYork)
New York City officials are taking extraordinary steps to protect the iconic and profitable “NYC” name and other city trademarks, including “NYPD” and “FDNY.”

Apple Gains Ground in China Piracy Battle with New Patents (Mac Daily News)
Apple was granted 40 patents in China, giving it new ammunition to fight the rampant piracy of its products there.

Report incidents of digital piracy to the SIIA here.

This Week’s Top IP Enforcement Headlines

Patent Troll Strikes Bloomberg, NYT and Other News Giants (paidContent)
A shell company with all the markings of a so-called patent troll is suing Bloomberg, the New York Times and four other news giants for infringing a patent related to autocomplete software.

In Orphan Works Squabble, Round One Goes to the Authors Guild (paidContent)
Universities planning to begin digital sharing of orphan works decided to suspend the release of over 100 titles after the Authors Guild tracked down the author of one of the so-called orphan works with a simple Google search.

How Piracy Ruins It For Paid Apps (ZDNet)
App piracy is prevalent in the mobile phone industry and is becoming increasingly burdensome for developers as they have to deal with loss of sales, increased customer complaints and support costs, and damage to their brands.

Nigerian Bookseller Convicted of Piracy (Next)
A bookseller has pleaded guilty to one charge of book piracy after operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission raided her bookshop in 2009.

New York City Launches New Anti-Piracy Campaign (The Hollywood Reporter)
In a new anti-piracy campaign, New York City is running a contest for local students to design the next public service announcement to address digital piracy.

Google Won’t Face Some Oracle Copyright Claims, Judge Rules (Bloomberg)
Google won’t have to face part of Oracle’s claim that it infringed copyrights for its Java programming language after U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled some of the material at issue isn’t protected by copyright.

Judge Gives Google More Time to Settle Books Dispute (Chicago Tribune)
Google and the authors and publishers groups have about nine more months to settle their six-year legal dispute over plans to create the world’s largest digital library.

Report incidents of digital piracy to the SIIA here.

This week’s top 6 IP enforcement headlines

Mike Tyson’s Tattooer Sues Warner Bros. (Courthouse News Service)
The tattoo artist who tattooed Mike Tyson’s face sued Warner Bros., alleging that they infringed the copyright in the tattoo in their advertisements for the movie, “The Hangover 2.”

Websites Complain About Fake Takedown Notices Being Used On Facebook (PaidContent.org)
Questions are being raised about how Facebook handles copyright and trademark complaints, after bogus complaints were used to remove the Facebook pages of at least three tech news websites over the past several days.

Will Netflix Curb Movie Piracy? (The New York Times)
The article asks whether Netflix legitimate streaming of movies will put a dent in movie piracy.

NYC Bill Would Criminalize Buying Knockoff Goods (The Wall Street Journal)
A city lawmaker has introduced a bill that would impose fines or jail time for the purchase of counterfeit goods, including knockoffs of designer handbags and watches. While it is already illegal to sell such goods, this bill would be the first in the U.S. to criminalize their purchase.

Dish, EchoStar to Pay $500M in TiVo Settlement (The Wall Street Journal)
Dish and its former unit EchoStar have agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle years of ongoing patent litigation over digital video recorder technology.

Viacom Takes a Final Shot at Youtube (PaidContent.org)
Viacom submitted what is likely to be a final set of briefs in the Viacom-Youtube appeal, making two main arguments focused on what type of “copyright-policing” system we should have.

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).

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