September, 2021

Why You Should Never Use the Stock Content in a Website Theme

Plagiarism Today

Building a new website is literally easier than it’s ever been. There are countless services that will help you get started and a never-ending slew of tools to help you get your business or personal endeavor online. However, that’s not to say that there is no work.

Michelle’s Country Music Murals: An Update?

Hugh Stephens Blog

Some readers may recall two blogposts (Mural, Mural on the Wall and Were They Commissioned, One and All?) that I wrote a couple of years ago about muralist Michelle Loughery and her copyright dispute with the Merritt Walk of Stars Society.

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Artificial Intelligence And Subject Matter Eligibility In U.S. Patent Office Appeals – Part Two Of Three

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Note: First published in The Intellectual Property Strategist and This article is Part Two of a Three-Part Article Series. Artificial intelligence is changing industry and society, and metrics at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reflect its impact.

The Growing Threat of Trademark Scams – article published by ABA

Erik K Pelton

I recently co-wrote and article with Olivia Muller about the never ending threat of trademark scams. In the article we detail the scams and how they operate and what they look like, we discuss what is being done about them, and we propose some additional measures that could help defeat them.

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.

The ‘Restoring America Invents Act’ Would Open the Floodgates for Patent Owner Harassment

IP Watchdog

The much discussed, but previously unreleased, Restoring America Invents Act has finally been made public.

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Copyright in the Age of Bots

Plagiarism Today

If you’ve had any issues with copyright over the past few years, whether you are on YouTube, Facebook or even operating your own website, it’s probable that your issue didn’t start with a human, but with a bot.

Canada’s Pointless Pandemic Election and its Implications for Copyright, Content Industries and Digital Platforms?

Hugh Stephens Blog

For those of my readers outside Canada who may not have noticed, Canada has just held a general election. If many outside Canada were not following this election, many Canadians were also not focused on it.

Artificial Intelligence And Subject Matter Eligibility In U.S. Patent Office Appeals – Part Three Of Three

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Note: First published in The Intellectual Property Strategist and This article is Part Three of a Three-Part Article Series. Artificial intelligence is changing industry and society, and metrics at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reflect its impact.

The Liberal Election Platform: Government Picks Internet Regulation Over Internet Affordability

Michael Geist

The Liberal party released its election platform yesterday and perhaps everything you need to know can be gleaned from the fact that Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault posted multiple tweets about plans for new cultural spending initiatives and Internet regulations in French without a single English language tweet.

Commerce Department Announces National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that it has established a National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advisory Committee that will advise the President and other federal agencies on issues surrounding AI.

ROM & Emulation Site Pleasuredome Shuts Down After 15 Years of Gaming


Sometime in 2004, a new site appeared hoping to provide a better service to fans of the growing video emulation scene.

When Should You Run a Plagiarism Check of Your Work?

Plagiarism Today

As more and more schools and private companies begin using automated plagiarism detection tools, it’s becoming increasingly common for students, authors and journalists to run plagiarism detection software on their work.

Some Reflections on What Can—and Cannot—Be Protected by Copyright?

Hugh Stephens Blog

My wife was flexing her wrist, extending her forefinger and manipulating her thumb, following the instructions on the sheet in front of her that the physiotherapist had provided. She (my wife that is) had broken her wrist a few weeks earlier, in an unfortunate fall.

NFT License Breakdown: Exploring Different Marketplaces and Associated License Issues

Intellectual Property Law Blog

At least three different types of marketplaces facilitate the sale and/or resale of NFTs. These include open marketplaces, curated marketplaces and proprietary marketplaces. Other variations do exist, however, and it is likely that other alternatives will be developed.

In the Courts: Australian Court finds AI systems can be “inventors”

WIPO Magazine

In a world first, a judge of the Federal Court of Australia has found that artificial intelligence is capable of being an “inventor” for the purposes of the Australian patent regime. Find out more about Justice Beach’s decision

Art meets crypto – traditional copyright issues in a tokenized world

JD Supra Law

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are the latest development in disruptive blockchain technology innovations, this time in the world of digital art, collectibles, and even luxury goods.

Iconic “Piracy Is a Crime” Domain Now Redirects to IT-Crowd Parody


Over the past decades, the entertainment industries have tried out numerous anti-piracy PSAs. One of the most iconic videos is without doubt the “You Wouldn’t Steal a Car” campaign, which has proven to be a fertile breeding ground for memes and satire.

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Why Plagiarism Thrives on Facebook

Plagiarism Today

Back in August, Facebook released its “ Widely Viewed Content Report ” that attempted to showcase the type of content that was popular on the service. It included a list of the 20 most viewed posts during the second quarter of 2021, each of which received between 43.6

John Degan’s Twitter Broadside on the Access Copyright v York University Copyright Case: Right Message; Wrong Target?

Hugh Stephens Blog

John Degan is Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada. I don’t know Mr. Degan nor have I ever met him but I do know that he is a passionate defender of the interests of authors, as well as being a successful published novelist and poet himself.

New Tillis-Leahy Bills to Boost Innovation: The Good, the Bad and the Nonsense

IP Watchdog

Earlier today, U.S.

Songwriters and Publishers Ask the MLC: Where’s my money?–MusicTechPolicy

The Trichordist

For seven months, The MLC has sat on $424 Million of songwriters' money. Songwriters ask, "Where's My Money?". Black Box MLC Meltdown Redesignation of The MLC Songwriter News Songwriter Rights The MLC

Video Gaming / E-Gaming Law Update – September 2021

JD Supra Law

Main Quest - ‘Mint’ Conditions: NFTs and Video Games - Over the course of the past year, nonfungible tokens (NFTs) have transformed from a relatively niche product for those in the cryptocurrency sector to an increasingly common way for creators and rights holders to market digital goods.

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Software Piracy Triggers Innovation, Research Finds


Piracy presents a major challenge for companies across different sectors, including the software industry. Many copyright holders stress that piracy hurts their bottom line. This could lead to less output and innovation. However, research has shown that this isn’t always the case.

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When Joke Theft Becomes Serious

Plagiarism Today

In September last year, UK comedian Kae Kurd took to the stage on Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club to perform a short routine in front of a national audience. As part of that routine , Kurd told a joke about a smart refrigerator that was texting and annoying him while he was out with his friends.

Introducing the IP Ones to Watch 2021

Managing IP

Managing IP has launched a new project profiling 25 junior in-house counsel who are on the rise

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Federal Circuit Upholds Delaware Court’s Inequitable Conduct Analysis

IP Watchdog

In a precedential decision written by Judge Reyna, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) on Wednesday upheld a Delaware district court’s ruling that Belcher Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s s Chief Science Officer engaged in inequitable conduct, making its U.S. Patent No.

EFF Dealt Another Blow in Attempt to Strike Down Section 1201 of the Copyright Act

Copyright Alliance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has received another defeat in its long-running lawsuit challenging the constitutionality under the First Amendment of the anti-circumvention and anti-trafficking provisions of section 1201 of […].

With Cryptocurrencies and NFTs Continuing to Boom, Financial Regulators Are Clamping Down

JD Supra Law

- With crypto investment frauds on the rise, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent a warning to investors and published an investor alert listing out possible signs of a scam.

Sci-Hub Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary By Uploading 2.3m New Articles


There are thousands of pirate sites online today and many more have come and gone over the years. In their own way, most are loved by their specific audiences but few reach achieve truly iconic status.

The Battle Over Poker NFTs

Plagiarism Today

From PokerPaint Websote. On September 23, the art site PokerPaint announced on their Twitter (Tweet now deleted) that they were releasing a series of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) on OpenSea. The site, at that time, was fairly well known in the poker community.

Webinar on ‘Trade Secret and Access to Medicine’ by CUSAT and TWN [September22]


We’re pleased to inform you that the DPIIT IPR Chair of the Inter University Centre for IPR Studies at the Cochin University of Science and Technology and the Third World Network are jointly organizing a free webinar on “Trade Secret and Access to Medicine ” on September 22, 2021.

The Federal Circuit’s Obsession with Judge Albright is Becoming Increasingly Bizarre

IP Watchdog

While there are any number of reasons to question the continued viability, value and necessity of the Federal Circuit, the court’s continued use of mandamus is extremely troubling.

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Is Your Brand Seaworthy?

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video, Is Your Brand Seaworthy? Is your brand seaworthy? You’ll see what I’m talking about with my comparison of trademark and brand protection to a strong ship navigating the ocean waters.