January, 2022

Crypto Group Buys Dune Book, Confuses it for Buying the Rights

Plagiarism Today

On Saturday, the crypto Group Spice DAO took to Twitter to explains their plans for one of their non-crypto acquisitions. Last year, the group spent €2.66 million ($3 million) acquiring a physical copy of the book Jodorowsky’s Dune.

We’re growing (again) ! Seeking trademark associate attorney to join our team at EMP&A

Erik K Pelton

We are growing again at EMP&A. We are excited to to announce that we are hiring an Associate Attorney to join our trademark firm! Details and application information below: 2022 Job Posting – Associat… by Erik Pelton. The post We’re growing (again) !


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Winnie the Pooh, the Public Domain and Winnie’s Canadian Connection

Hugh Stephens Blog

On or around January 1 each year we get a recrudescence of the same old story, a “celebration” of all the works that have just entered the public domain in the United States.

USPTO’s Pilot Program for Deferring Subject Matter Eligibility Response

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Introduction. On January 6, 2022, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response Pilot Program (the “DSMER Program”). We provide a brief overview of this program.

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.

Google Drive Flags Text Files With “1” or “0” As Copyright Infringements


The entire digital world is made up of binary code, often 1’s and 0’s. When you piece enough of them together, beautiful things can be created. By themselves, these two numbers are not that impressive. However, Google Drive appears to see them as a threat of sorts.

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What Winnie-the-Pooh Lapsing into the Public Domain Really Means

Plagiarism Today

On January 1, 2022, works that were first published in the year 1926 lapsed into the public domain. Though the list of works that includes is long, some bigger names include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Dorothy Parker’s Enough Rope.

EMP&A Accepting Summer Internship Applications

Erik K Pelton

Summer is around the corner, which means we are seeking law student(s) for a paid IP/Trademark internship from May/June – July/August 2022.

What Lies Ahead for Canada in 2022 from a Copyright and Content Perspective?

Hugh Stephens Blog

As I noted in my year-end wrap up a couple of weeks ago, some of the copyright and content related issues that were under discussion in Canada in 2021 will likely move forward in a more aggressive way this year.

States Should Follow New York’s Rejection of Mandatory eBook Licensing

Copyright Alliance

Around the end of December 2021, rightsholders were collectively holding their breaths over several bills which proposed to force publishers into a compulsory regime for the licensing of electronic formats […].

The EU Wants Its Own DNS Resolver that Can Block ‘Unlawful’ Traffic


The Domain Name System has been an essential component of the Internet since the mid-eighties. DNS resolvers make it possible to map a human-readable domain name to an IP-address, so a website or service can be easily located. Older people also call it the Internet’s phone book.

Songwriter Needs Help: GoFundMe Fundraiser for Hugh Prestwood and Judy Ahrens–ArtistRightsWatch

The Trichordist

Hugh Prestwood and Judy Ahrens' story highlights the cruelty of the Copyright Royalty Board's frozen mechanicals policy and the failure of leadership by music publishers.

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The War Over the Future of WHOIS

Plagiarism Today

For over 20 years, the WHOIS system remained one of the key pieces of internet architecture. As a way to help identify the people behind domains and websites, it was widely used by everything from spammers to journalists and law enforcement agencies.

Beware of continuing trademark scam from WTMR, now with Fort Lauderdale address

Erik K Pelton

It has been a little while since I’ve seen a WTMR, LLC scam mailing. But a client forwarded this “WTMR 2022 OFFER” letter to me last week. The services are worthless. The $980.00 is a scam. The address listed in PO Box 22546 in Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335-2546.

Will the Content Tail Wag the Wireless Dog? The Rogers/Shaw Merger in Canada?

Hugh Stephens Blog

Nowadays it is not uncommon for major telecommunications companies (telcos) to provide infrastructure in the form of wireless, wireline and fibre optic, cable and satellite connectivity while also directly controlling some of the content distributed via this infrastructure.

Only in Your Dreams: Patent Stakeholders Share Their IP Wishes for the New Year

IP Watchdog

It's New Year's Day 2022, and as we do each year at this time, we asked our readers to weigh in on their “wildest dreams” for IP in the upcoming year (though I tend to agree with one commenter below who said, “I don’t dream about IP…if you do, seek immediate professional help.”)

Adblocking Does Not Constitute Copyright Infringement, Court Rules


In order to finance their operations, millions of websites rely on advertising to generate revenue. For some readers, however, excessive or obtrusive advertising is something to be combatted, often through the use of adblocking tools.

Many Did Not Feel Their Voice Was Heard on Music Modernization Act–Artist Rights Watch

The Trichordist

47% of respondents polled did not feel their voice was heard in crafting the Music Modernization Act. Artists Rights Watch Mechanical Licensing Collective Music Modernization Act Polls

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5 Copyright Stories to Watch in 2022

Plagiarism Today

A new year is upon us and, while 2021 proved that a new year doesn’t mean a fresh start, it is still an opportunity to both reflect on the past and look ahead. To that end, 2022 is looking to be a major year for copyright in a myriad of ways.

EMP&A comments on USPTO’s transition to issue electronic trademark registration certificates

Erik K Pelton

The USPTO recently announced, via notice in the Federal Register , that it intends to issue electronic trademark registration certificates, and only will print physical certificates upon request and with a small fee ($25 per copy).

If China Joined the CPTPP, what would this mean for Copyright Industries??

Hugh Stephens Blog

China surprised many in the trade policy world last September by formally applying for membership in the 11 country “Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership” (CPTPP), the trade agreement that rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the 12 country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

2021 Emoji Law Year-in-Review

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

A recap of emoji law developments in 2021: Court References. I maintain a dataset of US court opinions that reference emojis and emoticons. I have compiled the dataset using keyword alerts in Westlaw and Lexis, supplemented by a few opinions I’ve found other ways.

VPN Provider Agrees to Block Torrent Traffic and The Pirate Bay on U.S. Servers


Amidst growing concerns surrounding online privacy and security, VPN services have become increasingly popular in recent years. Millions of people use VPNs to stay secure and to prevent outsiders from tracking their online activities.

Top Issues for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2022

IP Watchdog

Incoming U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal’s answers to Senators’ written questions following her recent confirmation hearing provide reasons for hope to those concerned about the current state of the patent system.

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The Best Starting Place for People New to Copyright

Plagiarism Today

If you are new to copyright, there are many great guides on the internet, including this one here. However, for someone coming in with almost no understanding of how copyright works, it may not be the best place to begin. The reason is fairly simple.

A Look Back at India’s Top IP Developments of 2021


Cup of coffee, pen and notepad on wooden background. Top view. Image from here. Here’s wishing all our readers a very happy, safe, and healthy new year!

Federal Circuit Review December 2021

JD Supra Law

Ranges for Interdependent and Interactive Components Can Be Tricky to Derive - In Modernatx, Inc. Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, Appeal No.

Art 101

Court Quashes 512(h) Subpoena Submitted to YouTube–Watch Tower v. Kevin McFree

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

A “lapsed” Jehovah’s Witnesses member, using the alias “ Kevin McFree ,” posted YouTube videos using stop-animation of Lego figurines to criticize the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

OpenSubtitles Hacked, 7 Million Subscribers’ Details Leaked Online


OpenSubtitles is one of the largest and most popular subtitle repositories on the Internet. Millions of subtitle files are downloaded every week in many languages, often to be paired with downloaded movies and TV shows.

The Road Ahead: Predicting IP Developments to Watch in 2022

IP Watchdog

Once again, this year we asked a selection of IP stakeholders to weigh in on what important IP events they see unfolding in the year ahead. While crystal balls were not required, respondents were encouraged to take their best educated guesses about what the future holds for IP in 2022.

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Romanian Prime Minister Accused of Plagiarizing Dissertation

Plagiarism Today

In a story that will be eerily familiar to long-time readers of this site, the current Romanian Prime Minister has been accused of plagiarism in his thesis as opposition leaders are already calling for an investigation. The story involves Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuc?,

Bombay HC Clarifies the Contours of Copyright Infringement and Confidentiality Law


Image of folder tag with text “confidential” Image from here. The Bombay High Court in Tarun Wadhwa v.

Update on Artificial Intelligence as a Patent Inventor

JD Supra Law

Our previous blog posts, Artificial Intelligence as the Inventor of Life Sciences Patents? and Update on Artificial Intelligence: Court Rules that AI Cannot Qualify As “Inventor,” discuss recent inventorship issues surrounding AI and its implications for life sciences innovations.

What does it say if you file a trademark application without an attorney?

Erik K Pelton

It says a lot if you file a trademark application without counsel. And it is in the public record for everyone to see.