Russia Establishes Specialized Court for Intellectual Property Rights (Intellectual Property Watch)
A specialized court for intellectual property rights has been instituted within the commercial court system of the Russian Federation. The judiciary is currently being formed and will consist of at least 30 judges.
Google Defeats Publishers Over Web Copyright in German Vote (Bloomberg)
German lawmakers decided in a parliamentary vote that Google and other news aggregators may continue to show short news items on their Internet sites without being required to pay.
France’s Anti-Piracy Watchdog Ponders Evolution, Faces Extinction (ZDNet)
French anti-piracy authority Hadopi recently published a report examining possible models the organization might adopt going forward, and how best to fight the growth of illegal streaming and downloading of copyrighted material.
As Pirates Run Rampant, TV Studios Dial Up Pursuit (The Wall Street Journal)
Piracy of TV shows and movies is increasing because of improved Web technology, and TV studios like NBCUniversal are ramping up efforts and increasing staff to combat the piracy.
Newspapers Go All-In for Copyright Fight Against Clipping Service (Ars Technica)
The nation’s largest newspapers, including The New York Times, filed an amicus brief in support of The Associated Press in its copyright battle with online news-clipping service Meltwater Group. AP sued Meltwater last year, arguing that Meltwater is not a search engine but a competitor engaging in copyright infringement of AP’s content.
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Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.