April, 2022

The Growth of AI in Plagiarism Detection

Plagiarism Today

Earlier today, the Israeli-based plagiarism detection service Copyleaks announced a new $6 million round of funding to help them further develop their product.

Flagging Copyright Concerns: Vexillologists Take Note?

Hugh Stephens Blog

People who are really into flags are known as vexillologists, a rather specialized field that studies the history, symbolism and usage of flags.


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Introducing: the Building a Bold Bold Brand Wheel

Erik K Pelton

The are 8 mail types of word tools for creating bold brand names. See my new visual below to lean about the meaning tricks, sound tricks, and combination tricks to help make bold brands. You can read more details about all of these in the Building a Bold Brand book at Amazon.

1337x.to is Unreachable After Domain Name Expired (Updated)


For many seasoned BitTorrent users, 1337x.to is a familiar name. The site has been around for fifteen years and is a home to many reputable uploaders. Over the years 1337x has steadily climbed through the ranks.

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.

New York Times Editorial Board Lobs Unfounded Criticism at Patent System, Iancu

IP Watchdog

The New York Times Editorial Board over the weekend penned an op-ed charging that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has “devolved into a backwater office that large corporations game, politicians ignore and average citizens are wholly excluded from.”

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Dreamstime Launches LicenseGuard to Track Copyright Infringements

Plagiarism Today

When it comes to copyright, the photography space has been especially fraught with litigation and legal threats over the past decade plus. Getty Images, along with several other stock photography companies, engaged in a massive copyright campaign that began in the 2000s.

Copyright References in the Budget: Good Intentions Are Welcome but Early Action is Needed

Hugh Stephens Blog

Last week I discussed the copyright needle buried in the 2022 Canadian budget haystack, a reference to impending legislation to amend the Copyright Act to fulfill Canada’s obligation under the USMCA/CUSMA to extend its term of copyright protection from the life of the author plus 50 years to “life plus 70”.

Beware of scammer Patent & Trademark Bureau at 2058 County line Road #113, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Erik K Pelton

This trademark scammer has recently moved addresses to 2058 County Line Road #113, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. But the scam is the same — warning about trademark registration renewal deadlines with false information long before renewal can be filed.

Music Industry Flags Discord and Reddit as Primary Piracy Threats


Following the example of the United States, the EU started publishing its very own piracy watchlist a few years ago. This ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ is put together by the European Commission.

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IFF is Seeking a Patent Searcher/Analyst

IP Watchdog

IFF is seeking an experienced, dynamic person to join the Intellectual Property/Knowledge Management (IPKM) group as a Patent Analyst/Searcher.

Cybersquatting Web3 Domain Names

Traverse Legal Blog

There are new domain extensions in Web3, including.crypto,eth, and.nft. What happens when someone registers your trademark or personal name on these web3 extensions? There are two videos in this web3 domain squatting educational series.

How to ACTUALLY Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism Today

If you’re a student, budding journalist or just someone taking up writing, you definitely do not want to become known as a plagiarist. In schools, plagiarism carries with it severe penalties, including potential expulsion.

World IP Day: IP and Youth-Innovating for a Better Future (Kidovate as an Example)?

Hugh Stephens Blog

This year the theme of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, April 26, is “IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future”.

March 2022 Roundup of Copyright News

Copyright Alliance

In the month of March, the U.S. Copyright Office published several final rules related to the copyright small claims court while various U.S. courts weighed in on several closely watched […]. The post March 2022 Roundup of Copyright News appeared first on Copyright Alliance. Policy

DuckDuckGo Removes Pirate Sites and YouTube-DL from Its Search Results


Launched in 2008, search engine DuckDuckGo is a go-to service for Internet users who value their privacy. Unlike many competitors, the site doesn’t keep a record of users’ IP addresses or other sensitive information.

IP Stakeholders Cheer as Senate Finally Confirms Vidal to Head USPTO

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Senate confirmed Kathi Vidal as the next U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Tuesday night in a voice vote. Vidal’s confirmation comes after more than one year with no Senate-confirmed Director or Acting Director at the agency.

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Managing IP Americas Awards 2022: all the winners revealed

Managing IP

We hosted the first instalment of the 17th annual Managing IP Awards to celebrate remarkable IP achievements by law firms and in-house teams in the Americas region

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How to Defeat an AI-Powered DMCA Scam

Plagiarism Today

On April 13, Ben Dickson at The Next Web received an email from a lawyer with the name Nicole Palmer with the subject “DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice”. The letter was courteous and said that Dickson had used an image without permission.

The Copyright Needle in the Budget Haystack (And Why Requiring Registration for Copyright is a Really Bad Idea)

Hugh Stephens Blog

There it was! The copyright needle in the budget haystack. As plain as day–buried on p. 274 of Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s 280 page 2022 budget under “Other Legislative Measures” along with a grab-bag of about 40 other measures.

The Rest of the Online Harms Consultation Story: Canadian Heritage Forced to Release Hundreds of Public Submissions Under Access to Information Law

Michael Geist

For months, the results of the government’s online harms consultation was shrouded in secrecy as the Canadian Heritage refused to disclose the hundreds of submissions it received.

Sci-Hub Only Option For Academics In Russia After Major Publishers Pull Out


While historical and geopolitical ambitions sit at the heart of the war in Ukraine, cynical disinformation and denial of knowledge allowed it to happen and now fuel its momentum. When used responsibly, the internet should provide mechanisms to counter these evils.

German Decision Could Provide an Answer to AI Inventorship

IP Watchdog

Germany’s Federal Patent Court has set aside a decision by the country’s Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) that refused a patent application naming an artificial intelligence (AI) as the inventor.

The challenges of artificial intelligence for competition law

JD Supra Law

The question whether artificial intelligence (AI) systems, when acting independently of humans, can be considered inventors is not recent.

Is Your Website Published or Unpublished?

Plagiarism Today

The case of Furnituredealer.net (FDN) versus Amazon and Coaster Company of America (CCA) is a fairly pedestrian one. . It deals with whether Amazon and/or CCA infringed FDN’s copyrights by scraping descriptions from their website for use as part of Amazon’s product listings.

Even Trademark Lawyers Make Branding Mistakes

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video Even Trademark Lawyers Make Branding Mistakes. Believe it or not, even trademark lawyers can make branding–or maybe even trademark mistakes–from time to time.

Spiking Op-Eds: How the Government’s Online News Act is Already Leading to Media Self-Censorship

Michael Geist

Last week, Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez introduced Bill C-18, the Online News Act, a bill that adopts an extreme approach to compensation by requiring payments for merely facilitating access to news in any way and in any amount.

DuckDuckGo ‘Restores’ Pirate Sites and Points to Bing as Culprit


It’s not a secret that Google and Bing are tweaking their search results to accommodate copyright holders. However, it was a surprise to see that pirate and related sites also started to disappear from DuckDuckGo, as we reported last week.

DABUS Sent Back to Drawing Board Following Reversal of Inventorship Decision by Australia Court

IP Watchdog

On April 13, 2022, the Federal Court of Australia, on appeal, reversed its 2021 decision that DABUS, an artificial intelligence (AI) machine, qualified as an inventor for a patent application under Australian law. DABUS is a computer built, programmed and owned by Dr. Stephen Thaler.

Managing IP EMEA Awards 2022: shortlists revealed

Managing IP

Managing IP will host an in-person ceremony in London on June 15 to announce the winners of the EMEA Awards

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Etsy Launches New IP Portal

Plagiarism Today

Earlier this month, the ecommerce site Etsy announced that they are launching a new intellectual property portal that they hope will make it easier for brands, creators and other rightsholders to report listings that are infringing on their rights. The portal itself is fairly basic.

The Golden Ratio of Trademark Protection

Erik K Pelton

What does the golden ratio law of nature have to do with trademark protection? In this episode, Erik ruminates on this concept and reveals its correlation to brand protection. The post The Golden Ratio of Trademark Protection appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC.

Generative art NFTs - what brand owners need to know about copyright protection

JD Supra Law

This is part 4 of our IP Update series exploring the evolving landscape for Internet, Digital Media and e-Commerce. Overview Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) continue to generate significant commercial value for brands through the licensing or transfer of intellectual property and commercial rights.

Sky Tries to Remove ‘Pirate’ IPTV App “CucoTV” from GitHub


With 70 million users and over 200 million code repositories, GitHub is the largest online developer platform of its kind. The site is used by individual coders and large organizations to host visually any piece of code imaginable.