Sat.Jun 04, 2022 - Fri.Jun 10, 2022

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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

3 Count: Switched Switch

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Photographer Sues Leaseweb for Hosting ‘Copyright Infringing’ Sites.

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Forwarding Piracy Warnings Violates Privacy Law, Dutch Court Rules


Supported by Hollywood and other content industries, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has shuttered hundreds of pirate sites and services in recent history. BREIN has also targeted several prolific BitTorrent uploaders and other infringers with success.

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.

3 Count: Maverick Lawsuit

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Paramount Pictures faces copyright lawsuit over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ First off today, Joe Hernandez at NPR reports that Paramount Pictures is facing a lawsuit over their new movie Top Gun: Maverick.

“Private” Facebook Groups Aren’t Legally “Private”–Davis v. HDR

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

The plaintiff, Davis, is a member of two Facebook groups: “Ahwatukee411,” with over 32k members as alleged in the complaint (as the screenshot on the right shows, it’s now over 34k members), and “Protecting Arizona’s Resources & Children” (“PARC”), with 900+ members.

Court Orders For All US ISPs to Block Pirate Sites Have Been Suspended


In dozens of countries around the world, copyright holders have the ability to take legal action to compel ISPs to block the domains of pirate sites. These domain blocking mechanisms were pioneered by mostly US companies seeking to enforce their rights overseas.

INTA: ‘COVIDIOT’ Trademark Should Prevail Under Narrower Test for Principles of Morality

IP Watchdog

3 Count: Christmas in June

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday.

On World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, shouldn’t we start by stopping those imitating the USPTO?

Erik K Pelton

Today is apparently something called “World Anti-Counterfeiting Day” This day is used – by big companies no doubt, to call attention to the harm that fakes cause, and how prevalent they are. Fakes are a problem and one that is worthy of efforts to stop.

EU Piracy Rates are the Highest Among Well Educated Youth


The European Union Intellectual Property Office ( EUIPO ) regularly conducts studies to see how piracy rates evolve over time. These studies also help the public and lawmakers identify the various barriers and drivers behind this activity. That can help to shape future policies.

Hirshfeld Announces Timeline for Departure from USPTO

IP Watchdog

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director Drew Hirshfeld will step down from a nearly 30-year career with the Office on June 21, the USPTO announced today.

The Copyright Claims Board Is Opening Next Week. Are You Excited?

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

The Copyright Office has completed its initial rulemaking for the new copyright “small claims” court called the “Copyright Claims Board” (the CCB). It has also launched a website with explanatory material.

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.

‘Copyright Troll’ Has Already Filed Over 1,000 Piracy Lawsuits This Year


For more than 15 years, alleged file-sharers around the world have been pressured to pay significant settlement fees. These so-called ‘copyright-trolling’ efforts are pretty straightforward.

The Biden Administration’s Neutrality Position on SEP Remedies is a Good Move

IP Watchdog

On June 8, the Biden Administration announced a detente on the issue of standard essential patents (SEPs) through coordinated statements made by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Justice Antitrust Division, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

USPTO News Briefs

JD Supra Law

USPTO Terminates Rospatent as ISA and IPEA for International Applications - In a News Brief issued last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it had notified the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, ?Patents

TRIPS Waiver: Is There Anything To Gain?


We’re pleased to bring you a guest post with an update with the Covid-19 TRIPS waiver from Sreenath Namboodiri. You can read the previous posts we’ve had on the TRIPS Waiver here. Sreenath is Assistant Professor at School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University) Delhi NCR.

‘Make VPN Detection Tools Mandatory to Fight Geo-Piracy’


The United States is actively exploring options to update copyright law to bring it into line with the current online environment. Most recently, the Copyright Office is looking into the option of making certain standard technical measures (STMs) mandatory for online platforms.

Top Gun Copyright Lawsuit—A Real Dog Fight or Destined to Flameout?

IP Watchdog

On June 6, Paramount Pictures got its tower buzzed for copyright infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California over the blockbuster film of the summer, Top Gun Maverick.

CTGT transactions: Beware of ripples in the safe harbor

JD Supra Law

We increasingly encounter research and development collaboration partners relying on various research tools, cell lines, and other technologies to develop products and therapies within the cell, tissue, and gene therapy (CTGT) space.

More Big Numbers for Audiobooks

Velocity of Content

Publishers’ audiobook revenue grew 25% in 2021 to $1.6 billion, which marks the tenth straight year of double-digit growth, according to the Audio Publishers Association’s Sales Survey conducted by InterQ. Audiobook publishers providing survey data included Audible Inc.,

IPTV Pirate Must Pay £963K or 88 Month Prison Sentence Becomes 168 Months


Over a period of more than 10 years, companies run by businessman Steven King found ways to utilize copyrighted content owned by others to generate substantial profits.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, June 10: Leahy and Tillis Request NFT Study, European Court Dismisses Apple’s Appeal of ‘THINK DIFFERENT’ Cancellation, and EUIPO Report Shows Increase in Intentional Counterfeit Purchases

IP Watchdog

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“Well frens, it happened to me;” Actor’s Stolen NFTs Highlight Uncertainties for NFT Artwork

JD Supra Law

Actor and comedian Seth Green, best known for creating Robot Chicken and portraying Dr. Evil’s son in the Austin Powers franchise, announced on Twitter last month that phishers stole his four “Bored Ape” NFTs.

Uber Isn’t Liable for Rapes Committed By Fake Drivers–Doe 1 v. Uber

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Rapists pretended to be Uber drivers, picked up women under false pretenses, and raped them.

Dozens of Pirate IPTV & Streaming Sites Face Potential ACE/MPA Disruption


When torrent sites, streaming portals and IPTV services suddenly disappear or find themselves fighting a lawsuit, it’s common for users to be taken by surprise.

As USPTO Begins Accepting Applications for PTAB Pro Bono Program, Inventor Community Calls for Stronger Action to Curb PTAB Abuses

IP Watchdog

On June 7, the U.S.

Choosing the Right IP to Protect Fashion Goods

JD Supra Law

It’s hard to be a fashion innovator. It’s far easier to be an imitator. Success requires enormous investment in creating and marketing new designs, with no certainty that the designs will succeed.

The Much-Adapted “Peter Pan” (1904 – Forever )

Velocity of Content

All copyrights, except one, expire.*. Preface: I wanted to learn more about the concept (and applications) of “derivative works” and adaptations under copyright law, and I was searching for a useful example that might also be interesting for readers of Velocity of Content to read about.