June, 2022

How Romania’s Prime Minister was “Cleared” of Plagiarism

Plagiarism Today

In January 2022, just months after taking the role of Prime Minister in Romania, Nicolae Ciuc? faced a significant plagiarism scandal. According to reporter Emilia ?ercan ercan (link in Romanian), some 42 pages of Ciuc?’s

Unravelling the Complexities of the Canadian Content (Cancon) Conundrum

Hugh Stephens Blog

“Feds to modernize definition of a Canadian film and TV program” screamed the headline.


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Harvard Lawyers Don’t Think That Piracy is Theft, Research Finds


Most people know all too well that downloading and sharing pirated movies and TV shows is against the law. Nonetheless, millions do so on a daily basis. These pirates are not all borderline criminals. They can be doctors, veterans, police officers, or even lawyers too.

CRTC Ruling Signals How Bill C-11 Could Be Used To Regulate Internet Content

Michael Geist

Music 111

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.

Amicus Brief filed in Vans v. MSCHF

Likelihood of Confusion

This is an important trademarks / free speech case. I got in on an edge of it! The post Amicus Brief filed in Vans v. MSCHF appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™. Free Expression Trademarks and trademark law Vans v. MSCHF

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The John Hughes Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

On June 9th, Anna Katharine Verney at the Guardian Australia published a lengthy analysis of the John Hughes book The Dogs. The book was on the longlist for the Miles Franklin prize, widely considered to be the highest literary prize in Australia.

Was it Careless Infringement (but for a Good Cause) or a Derivative Design Inspired by Another Indigenous Artist? (The “Every Child Matters” Copyright Story)

Hugh Stephens Blog

Sometimes copyright issues are essentially black or white. There was obvious infringement. It was done for commercial gain. It was bad; it shouldn’t have happened. Period. Often, however, things are not so clear and there are various shades of grey involved. This is one of those cases.

‘Pirate’ Streaming Apps Beat Netflix and Disney in Brazil’s Play Store


Over the past decade, mobile applications have become the standard platform for most people to consume content online. Whether it’s for shopping, news, or entertainment, there is a mobile app available for any type of content.

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez Betrays Democratic Norms To Rush Bill C-11 Through Committee

Michael Geist

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage conducted the one day of debate on Bill C-11 yesterday that Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez and the Liberal government – aided and abetted by the NDP – required under a House of Commons motion.

Must See Documentary: The Way the Music Died: Why You Should #DitchSpotify

The Trichordist

A must-see documentary about the cultural rot and corrosive power of the Spotify monopoly. artist revenue streams Chris Castle Music Streaming Spotify Spotify Strike streaming meltdown #DitchSpotify

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Vidal to Review Institution of Cases Against VLSI Under Interim Director Review Process

IP Watchdog

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal has intervened in two Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cases that have caused much controversy in the patent world. Vidal yesterday granted Director Review in both OpenSky Industries, LLC v.

Using the Copyright Small Claims Board to Fight Essay Mills

Plagiarism Today

In December 2020, the United States government passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act). The act, to put it simply, created the Copyright Small Claims Board (CCB), a “small claims court” to hear copyright infringement disputes.

O Hypocrisy! U of T Sues Tutorial Service for Copyright Infringement After Ripping Off Authors for the Past Decade?

Hugh Stephens Blog

O Hypocrisy, know ye no bounds? That was the thought that flashed into my head when the University of Toronto (U of T) announced that it was suing Easy Group, a Toronto based tutorial service catering mainly to international students, for copyright infringement.

NHL Broadcasters Win Canada’s First ‘Dynamic’ Pirate IPTV Blocking Order


With illegal streaming of live sporting events still causing headaches for leagues and broadcasters alike, rightsholders continue to demand more flexible tools to prevent infringement, especially via pirate IPTV services.

The Bill C-11 Effect: “Any Video on TikTok That Uses Music Could be Subject to Regulation”

Michael Geist

Music 110

What Information Becomes Public in a Trademark Application?

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video What Information Becomes Public in a Trademark Application? An important topic that I get asked about frequently is, “What information from my trademark filing will be public?”

Thaler Pursues Copyright Challenge Over Denial of AI-Generated Work Registration

IP Watchdog

On June 2, Dr. Stephen Thaler filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. naming as defendants both the United States Copyright Office (USCO) and Shira Perlmutter, in her official capacity as Register of Copyrights and Director of the USCO.

A $500,000 Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

Jean McCorquodale is the wife of former California state senator Dan McCorquodale. Between 2009 and 2019, she held a very lucrative position at the Santa Clara County government. According to The Mercury News , In 2009, she was awarded a no-bid contract to be the sole grant writer for the county.

Two Big Wins for Site Blocking as a Means to Counteract Online Content Piracy

Hugh Stephens Blog

Site blocking—aka disabling access to copyright infringing websites and services—continues to gain wider acceptance as a useful tool in the fight against online content piracy.

YouTube and Uploaded Could be Liable For Pirating Users, Court Rules


YouTube users upload millions of hours of videos a week. As with any user-generated content site, this also includes copyright-infringing content. The file-hosting platform Uploaded faces similar issues. While it can be used to share legal files, some people use it to share pirated content.

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CRTC Chair Ian Scott Confirms It Yet Again: Bill C-11 Includes Regulatory Power On User Content

Michael Geist

The Online Streaming Act hearings at the Canadian Heritage committee continued yesterday with testimony from several notable witnesses, including CRTC Chair Ian Scott.

How NOT to Protect Your Trademark?

Erik K Pelton

In this week’s whimsical episode, Erik takes a sarcastic approach about what NOT to do in order to protect a trademark. Press the play button and discover his insights and learn why Erik’s family thinks he is a sarcasm expert. The post How NOT to Protect Your Trademark?

Petition Asks SCOTUS to Clarify Takings Clause in Context of Copyright Infringement

IP Watchdog

Following a denial of rehearing en banc by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in February, publishing company Canada Hockey L.L.C., doing business as Epic Sports, and Michael Bynum, a sportswriter and editor, have now filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S.

Kevin Kruse and the Peak Political Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

On the surface, the plagiarism allegations against Kevin Kruse are pedestrian. .

Why Creators Need to Pay Close Attention to the SCOTUS Andy Warhol Infringement Case

JD Supra Law

The US Supreme Court in March decided it will revisit a dispute over pop artist Andy Warhol’s images of Prince. In taking up the case, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Goldsmith, the Court aims to more clearly define the scope of what’s known as “fair use” in US copyright law.

Paris Hilton is One of the First Defendants at the ‘Small’ Copyright Claims Board


Last Thursday, the US Copyright Claims Board went live. Through this venue, hosted at the Copyright Office, copyright holders can try to recoup alleged damages outside the federal court system. The board aims to make it cheaper for creators to resolve disputes.

Secret Law Making, the Sequel: As Youtubers Speak Out Against Bill C-11, Government Moves to End Debate, Vote Next Week on Secret Amendments

Michael Geist

With only eight days left in the Parliamentary schedule until the House of Commons breaks for the summer, Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, has entered into a strange parallel universe.

Each trademark application has a unique blueprint

Erik K Pelton

A lot of design and planning goes into the drafting and filing of a trademark application at the USPTO, each application has a unique blueprint. The post Each trademark application has a unique blueprint appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC

Air Force Materiel Command Law Office is Seeking a Patent Attorney (NH-IV)

IP Watchdog

The Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command Law Office is seeking a seasoned patent attorney with strong technical skills in electrical engineering. This full-time position is located at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio with teleworking options available.

Who the Copyright Claims Board May Help the Most

Plagiarism Today

Earlier this month, the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) began accepting cases. The long sought after copyright small claims court , the CCB can hear cases where the damages are less than $15,000 per work or $30,000 in total.

Patent Poetry: An NFT Showing a Physical Product May Be “Artistic”

JD Supra Law

A New York federal court has ruled that a non-fungible token (“NFT”) for a digital image similar to a Birkin handbag may be an “artistic” work for purposes of determining whether the NFT infringes the Birkin trademark and other IP rights.

MANGA Plus Invites Users to Confess Piracy & Name Most-Used Pirate Sites


For many years Japanese manga companies had a tendency to ignore the majority of overseas markets, despite the potential for lucrative trade.

Strong Statement by India at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference