Supreme Court Justices Appear Conflicted Over Aereo Copyright Case (Los Angeles Times)
Confronting a case that could reshape the television broadcast industry, Supreme Court justices sounded conflicted over whether upstart streaming service Aereo is violating copyright laws.
U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet (The Wall Street Journal)
World representatives are arriving in Brazil for Net Mundial, a two-day meeting about Internet governance. The meeting comes amid fallout over spying by the NSA that has renewed concerns over the U.S. government’s credibility and over longtime U.S. oversight of the Internet.
‘Notorious Market’ Blocks Privacy in its P2P Streaming Player (Torrent Freak)
A company labeled a notorious market by the USTR says it has taken dramatic steps to stamp out piracy. The China-based outfit behind the P2P-enabled QVOD file-sharing technology says it is no longer possible to stream or download unauthorized copyrighted content with their software.
Pandora Sued by Major Labels Over Pre-1972 Copyrights (Bloomberg)
Several major record labels, including Capitol Records LLC and Sony Music Entertainment, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan against Internet radio service Pandora for failing to pay for using music recorded before 1972.
Grams Lets You Easily Access the “Darknet” and Buy Illicit Things Online(Canada.com)
Grams, a new search engine and the darknet’s answer to Google, allows almost anyone to access unlisted merchant websites selling drugs, guns and other illegal items.
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 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.