December, 2022

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The Year in Copyright: 2022 Gives Creators Hope for the Future

IP Watchdog

The Constitution empowers Congress to enact federal copyright laws because the Founders recognized that the best way to advance the public interest is by enabling creators to pursue their own private interests.

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5 Ways Copyright Has Shaped the Holidays

Plagiarism Today

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s safe to say that festivities are kicking into high gear. However, as you enjoy your favorite seasonal traditions, it’s important to remember that, just like most things in our lives, copyright has had a role in shaping it.

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Looking Back on 2022 and Forward to 2023: What was and will be important to Copyright, Creators and Content Industries?

Hugh Stephens Blog

As year-end approaches, I like to look back at the main themes that emerged over the past 12 months affecting copyright, creators and the content industries, drawing from my blog posts throughout the year.

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Recent USPTO comments highlight the extent and breadth of trademark scams

Erik K Pelton

The USPTO recently submitted comments to the FTC regarding its proposed rulemaking, Rule on Impersonation of Government and Businesses.

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IPO Diversity in Innovation Toolkit

Women and diverse employees have the technical skill and knowledge, yet their contributions are not patented at the same rate as those of their male counterparts.This toolkit can help organizations move the needle on achieving gender parity in innovation.

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UK Govt: Netflix Password Sharing is Illegal & Potentially Criminal Fraud

TorrentFreak

Following a limited launch in 2007 with just 1,000 titles, Neflix now carries more than 6,600 movies and TV shows for the enjoyment of more than 223 million subscribers.

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London Brands Seminar: NFTs and the Metaverse

JD Supra Law

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Why Teachers Are Worried About AI

Plagiarism Today

For academics concerned about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on academic integrity, it has been a very busy week. The reason is that OpenAI, the creators of the GPT line of AI products, opened the doors to their latest iteration, ChatGPT.

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The “I Value Canadian Stories” Campaign: Time to Get Serious About Copyright Reform

Hugh Stephens Blog

At the end of November, on November 29 to be precise, the “I Value Canadian Stories” coalition launched a “Day of Action”.

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Why Restaurants Need Trademark Registration

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video Why Restaurants Need Trademark Protection. I love restaurants for many reasons. I love a great meal, I love supporting small local businesses, and I have a connection to the restaurant industry: my wife and my brother-in-law own two restaurants.

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Company ‘Hijacks’ Blender’s CC BY-Licensed Film, YouTube Strikes User

TorrentFreak

The Blender Institute develops Blender, a free and open source 3D graphics tool used to create animated films. “Blender is Free Software. Free to Use. Free to Change. Free to Share. Free to Sell Your Work,” a statement from Blender reads.

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exciting DMCA times on my side blog

43(B)log

I received a DMCA notice for my wooden puzzle blog! It was a review of Unidragon's Alluring Fox (332 pieces).

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The IP News that Mattered Most in 2022, According to You

IP Watchdog

Here we are again at the end of a year—this one the first in several where courts and business proceeded mostly as usual and relatively free of shutdowns and delays due to the pandemic. We had surprising denials at the Supreme Court, expected rulings from the U.S.

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Google Addresses Scraped and Spun Content

Plagiarism Today

In a recent Google SEO Office Hours video, Dan Nguyen, from Google’s search quality team, answered a pair of questions that directly addressed content that scraped and/or spun from other material.

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It’s Official: Canada Extends its Term of Copyright Protection

Hugh Stephens Blog

The announcement itself was a bit of an anticlimax. It was something that had been in the pipeline for months but until the publication of the Order-in-Council dated November 17 (released on November 23), it was still hanging as a piece of unfinished business.

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Update: Trademark Backlog at the USPTO

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video Update on Trademark Backlog at the USPTO. Late in 2021, I provided some information about the backlog of trademark filings at the USPTO. As of May 2022, the backlogs are worse.

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‘House of the Dragon’ Is The Most Pirated TV-Show of 2022

TorrentFreak

At the end of every year, we take a look at the most-downloaded TV episodes among torrenting pirates. For several years in a row the list was headed by Game of Thrones but that reign came to an end in 2019 after the series ended.

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Best of 2014: Redskins decision: The present judges the past

Likelihood of Confusion

Originally posted on June 18, 2014. I’ve been writing about the dispute over the REDSKINS trademark on this blog more or less since the beginning of the blog itself. Today. The post Best of 2014: Redskins decision: The present judges the past appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

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Senate Judiciary Set to Consider Pride in Patent Ownership Bill Amid Opposition

IP Watchdog

As the Senate Judiciary Committee gears up for an Executive Business Meeting Thursday where members will in part consider S.2774, the Pride in Patent Ownership Act, co-sponsored by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a number of patent advocacy organizations have sent a joint letter to the committee asking it to oppose the bill.

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AI and the Danger of Good Enough

Plagiarism Today

In late 1999, if you were heading to a Y2K party and wanted high-quality photos of the event, you had two choices: You could either spend thousands of dollars on high-end camera equipment and learn how to use it (often in paid classes) or you could hire someone who had done all those things for you.

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AI Generated Art: Another “Technical Breakthrough” Calling Out for Responsible Management and Regulatory Oversight

Hugh Stephens Blog

A quarter of a century ago, the internet was going to bring us wonderful things. The hubris of Silicon Valley was incarnated in the cyberlibertarian rantings of so-called internet guru John Perry Barlow and his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”.

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Can an Emoji Be Registered as a Trademark?

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video “Can an Emoji Also Be a Trademark?” ” Here at EMP&A, we recently had a lot of fun developing and launching our own emoji icon. Be sure to check out the video at erikpelton.tv

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Home Alone is the Most Pirated Classic Christmas Movie

TorrentFreak

As the holiday season approaches, many people choose Christmas movies to get into the festive spirit. Given that some are considered classics in their own right, it’s no surprise that December viewings have become a beloved tradition for many families.

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The Bill C-18 Fallout: Liberal MP Lisa Hepfner Equates Linking to News Articles on Facebook to Theft

Michael Geist

Last month, Liberal MP Lisa Hepfner shocked Canadian online news outlets by stating that “ they’re not news.They’re not gathering news. They’re publishing opinion only.”

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Michael Bynum Names New Defendants in Proposed Amended Complaint to 12th Man Copyright Lawsuit

IP Watchdog

On November 23, sportswriter Michael Bynum and his publishing label Epic Sports filed a motion for leave to file a second amended complaint and a proposed second amended complaint in the Southern District of Texas.

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3 Count: Radio Trio

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Trio Of Radio Groups Sued By GMR Challenge Copyright Infringement Claims.

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Factual Disputes Preclude Grant of Summary Judgment of Improper Inventorship

JD Supra Law

Plastipak Packaging, Inc. Premium Waters, Inc. Before Newman, Stoll, and Stark. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

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New tool for brand protection: YouTube Handle

Erik K Pelton

Those brand with YouTube channels (if you don’t have one, what are you waiting for?!) can now add some additional brand protection by claiming their new YouTube ‘handle.’

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Unofficial YouTube App ‘ReVanced’ Hit With DMCA Takedown Notices

TorrentFreak

YouTube is an incredible site with an unbelievable amount of content covering every conceivable topic. But it’s certainly not perfect. Most complaints relate to the volume of advertising on YouTube, which seems to know when to interrupt a video at the most inappropriate time.

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How the Government Is Using Bill C-18 to Pick Media Winners and Losers

Michael Geist

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez’s claim that Bill C-18, the Online News Act, was a hands-off approach was never really credible , but the clause-by-clause review of the bill has taken the government picking media winners and losers to another level.

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Key U.S. Supreme Court Developments in 2022 and Outlook for 2023

IP Watchdog

It’s that time again. As 2022 has come and (almost) gone, it’s time to look back at the exciting grants and surprising denials of certiorari petitions involving patent and trademark matters by the Supreme Court of the United States, and what to look forward to from the Court in 2023.

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Students Beware of Exam Help Scammers

Plagiarism Today

Yesterday, a student took to Reddit’s r/scams community to share the story of how they were scammed by an “Exam Help Scammer”. . The scam was remarkably simple. The student involved had decided to cheat on an upcoming online exam and hired an “expert” from an exam help website.

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Technologies for Enhancing Cannabis Bioavailability and Their Legal Methods of Protection

JD Supra Law

The following post explores the bioavailability and efficacy of various cannabis products, followed by a brief overview of the legal protection afforded to each as an intellectual property asset. By: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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The Value of a Great Logo

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video The Value of a Great Logo. Great logos can be very powerful marketing tools for big businesses and the smallest of businesses as well.

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Where Are the Pirated Movie Screeners This Year?

TorrentFreak

Screeners are advance copies of recent movies that are generally sent out to critics and awards voters for review. These copies have regularly ended up in the hands of pirates after which they’re widely circulated online.

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SpicyIP Tidbits: IPO deals with formalities and reasons!

SpicyIP

Image from here. We have two interesting IPO related tidbits for you. Read on ahead!

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High Court Asks Solicitor General for Views on Genius-Google Copyright Preemption Case

IP Watchdog

The U.S.

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