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Why Can’t Canada Produce Top Quality Localized TV Drama like the Aussies Do?

Hugh Stephens Blog

Canada’s Online Streaming Act, (Bill C-11) the draft legislation that will bring online streaming content under the purview of the Broadcasting Act, will continue its slow progress through Parliament in 2023. Review in the Senate last year led to a number of amendments, one of which dealt with the definition of Canadian content (Cancon). That … Continue reading "Why Can’t Canada Produce Top Quality Localized TV Drama like the Aussies Do?

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Does Twitter Ignore DMCA Notices?

Plagiarism Today

A recent lawsuit accuses Twitter of ignoring thousands of DMCA notices. Is this a systemic problem? We try, and fail, to look at the data. The post Does Twitter Ignore DMCA Notices? appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Protecting Semiconductor Chip Design under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA) – Part II (Infringement and Defense)

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Mask Work Infringement. In analogizing semiconductor chips to traditional areas of copyright law, the legislative history notes that, just as a plagiarist who copies only one chapter of a book may be held liable for infringement, a person may be liable for copying a part of a mask work if it is a qualitatively important portion that results in substantial similarity.

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Law Firms Have Brands and Trademarks Too

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video Protecting a Law Firm Brand. Over the years, we’ve had the good fortune to work with all types of businesses, including many law firms, to protect their brands. Law firm brands can be protected just like any other business. Law firms have logos, brand names, slogans, names for their newsletters or apps, or other features that are creative and worth protecting.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Sony Patents Anti-Piracy Blacklist for Smart TVs and Media Players

TorrentFreak

Over the past several decades, Sony has established itself as a leading player in the technology, music, film, and gaming industries. The Japanese company hasn’t shied away from taking on the competition, but one adversary has proven particularly difficult to overcome; piracy. Sony recognized this threat early on. At the Americas Conference on Information Systems in 2000, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s U.S. senior vice president Steve Heckler declared an all-out attack on piracy.

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Protecting Semiconductor Chip Design under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA) – Part I (Registration and Inspection)

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Understanding Mask Work. Mask work is a type of intellectual property protection designed to protect layout designs (topographies) of integrated circuits. It is authorized by the federal Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA). The SCPA legally protects layouts of integrated circuits upon registration, making them illegal to copy without permission.

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Will AI change trademarks?

Erik K Pelton

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT has been the new a lot lately. How might it impact the world of trademarks and trademark attorneys? Listen for Erik’s comments. The post Will AI change trademarks? appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT has been the new a lot lately. How might it impact the world of trademarks and trademark attorneys?

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One billion days lost: How COVID-19 is hurting the US workforce

McKinsey Operations

COVID-19 may no longer be a pandemic, but the disease likely reduced the availability of the US workforce by as much as 2.6 percent in 2022—a burden on productivity that could last for years.

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3 Count: Ice, Ice Baby

Plagiarism Today

Computer scientist seeks copyright in AI works, Motorola wins big in Australia and court rules you can't copyright water. The post 3 Count: Ice, Ice Baby appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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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.

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Protecting Semiconductor Chip Design under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA) – Part I (Registration and Inspection)

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Understanding Mask Work Mask work is a type of intellectual property protection designed to protect layout designs (topographies) of integrated circuits. It is authorized by the federal Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA). The SCPA legally protects layouts of integrated circuits upon registration, making them illegal to copy without permission.

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Pirate Libraries Remain Popular Among Academics, Research Finds

TorrentFreak

By offering free access to millions of ‘paywalled’ research papers, Sci-Hub is often described as “The Pirate Bay of Science”. The site is used by researchers from all over the world, to acquire papers they otherwise have a hard time accessing. For some, Sci-Hub is essential for their work. Major academic publishers such as Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society, view this rogue research library as a direct threat to their business model.

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"A S LIVE FOREVER" Fails to Function as a Trademark, Says TTAB

The TTABlog

Despite the Supreme Court's ruling in Iancu v. Brunetti , deeming the "scandalous and immoral" provision of Section 2(a) unconstitutional, your run-of-the mill obscenities are going to face a difficult hurdle to registration: failure-to-function. Mr. Brunetti himself found that out last year when his attempt to register "F**K" failed to clear that hurdle. [ TTABlogged here ].

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The Complicated Ethics of Reporting Plagiarism

Plagiarism Today

Recently, Reddit user u/jhhn had a serious problem. . A sophomore in college, she was helping a younger friend, Tia, go through the college admission process. To that end, she was highly successful, with Tia not only getting into her first choice of schools, but also receiving a full scholarship. However, later, she learned that Tia’s acceptance wasn’t earned fully honestly.

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Protecting Semiconductor Chip Design under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA) – Part II (Infringement and Defense)

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Mask Work Infringement In analogizing semiconductor chips to traditional areas of copyright law, the legislative history notes that, just as a plagiarist who copies only one chapter of a book may be held liable for infringement, a person may be liable for copying a part of a mask work if it is a qualitatively important portion that results in substantial similarity.

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Artificial intelligence in strategy

McKinsey Operations

AI tools can help executives avoid biases in decisions, pull insights out of oceans of data, and make strategic choices more quickly. And that’s just the beginning.

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Belarus Legalizes Piracy of Movies, Music & Software of ‘Unfriendly’ Nations

TorrentFreak

In 1994, a new Belarusian constitution led to a democratic presidential election from which Alexander Lukashenko emerged as the country’s leader. Lukashenko remains in power today due to a series of landslide election ‘victories’, a similar result in a referendum to remove presidential term limits, and the support of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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3 Count: Reggaetón Wars

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Steely & Clevie Productions Take Reggaetón’s Biggest Hitmakers To Court For Copyright Infringement. First off today, Michael Nattoo at DanceHallMag reports that Steely & Clevie Productions has expanded its lawsuit against Luis Fonsi to include dozens of performers in the Reggaetón genre.

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Indian government denies access to Covid 19 vaccine collaboration agreements

SpicyIP

The Indian government has refused to disclose its collaboration agreements and investments made in developing and procuring India’s Covid 19 vaccine – Covaxin, the Indian mRNA and intranasal vaccine candidates. Despite widespread public interest in these arrangements, the government has consistently rejected Right to Information (RTI) applications requesting this information.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lighthouses 2023

McKinsey Operations

Leaders need clarity on what works to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our 2023 report shows success factors that contributed to significant, quantifiable, scalable, and sustainable DEI impact.

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Four Genshin Impact Leakers Targeted in New Set of DMCA Subpoenas

TorrentFreak

With tens of millions of fans playing every month, Genshin Impact is a huge free-to-play gaming success story. While Genshin Impact publisher Cognosphere undoubtedly enjoys this global attention, some groups of fans are taking their enthusiasm a little too far. As revealed by TorrentFreak last December, Cognosphere is targeting gamers who leak Genshin Impact content to the public in advance of the company’s schedule.

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3 Count: Partial Judgment

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: YouTube Wins Partial Summary Judgment in Maria Schneider Copyright Lawsuit. First off today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak reports that YouTube has won partial summary judgment in their ongoing case against musician Maria Schneider with hundreds of alleged infringements being tossed.

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Industry Risk and Investment Drives Academic Tech Transfer

IP Watchdog

AUTM, which represents the academic technology management profession, just released the results of the survey of its members for 2021. Once again, the results are impressive, particularly considering that the U.S. economy was just beginning to emerge from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s clear that despite continual attacks on the Bayh-Dole system, which allows academic institutions to own and manage federally funded inventions without Washington micro-management, our syste

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Listen Up: My Recent Podcast Appearances on Bills C-11, C-18 and Canadian Copyright Law

Michael Geist

Parliament remains on break for most of the month of January, but that hasn’t cooled interest in Bills C-11 and C-18. I’ve appeared on several podcasts in recent weeks on these bills that may interest. Last week, I was pleased to appear on CBC’s Front Burner for an episode titled “Will Canada Make Web Giants Pay For News?”. The discussion with host Jayme Poisson focused on the implications of paying for links, the inclusion of the CBC in the system, and potential alternatives that would mitigate

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Warner Bros. Fights ‘Mortal Kombat II’ Source Code Leak

TorrentFreak

Classic videogame Mortal Kombat has won the hearts and minds of multiple gaming generations over the last 30 years. Developed by Midway Games, the second release of the fighting game made its debut in arcade halls back in 1993. Ports were later released for multiple home platforms, including MS-DOS, Game Boy, SNES, and PlayStation. The releases were a big hit for American game developer Midway but couldn’t prevent the company from going under.

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Book Review: Intellectual Property Objectives in International Investment Agreements

The IPKat

This Kat is happy to share with our readers her review of “ Intellectual Property Objectives in International Investment Agreements ”, authored by Pratyush Nath Upreti (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022, 284 pp.). The book addresses a pressing issue at the intersection of intellectual property (IP) and investment law: how shall IP rights be treated in investor-state dispute settlement?

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CAFC Says USPTO Arguments for Rejecting Google Patent Application Lack Support in Record

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in a precedential decision today vacated a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) finding that certain claims of Google, LLC’s U.S. Patent Application No. 14/628,093 were obvious. The CAFC opinion, authored by Chief Judge Moore, said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) arguments on appeal “cannot sustain the Board’s decision below because they do not reflect the reasoning or findings the Board actually invoked.

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What is Davos?

McKinsey Operations

Davos, Switzerland, is where the World Economic Forum holds its annual meeting. Delegates from many sectors converge for several days of talks and meetings to address urgent global issues.

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Police Pay Home Visits to Warn Pirate IPTV Users

TorrentFreak

Offering pirate streaming services is a serious offense in the UK, where several vendors have received multi-year prison sentences in recent history. These sentences haven’t deterred others from following in their footsteps. Illegal access to paid sports and TV content remains readily available, with vendors and operators profiting from these unauthorized subscriptions.

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Puma or Rolex – Which is more famous?

The IPKat

A challenging question, isn’t it? As different as these brands may be, both are certainly well-known among the general public. While Puma’s sportswear is more present in the everyday life of consumers, Rolex watches enjoy a more luxurious aura. So one could argue that both trade marks should have a similar scope of protection. The General Court and German Patent Court, however, seem to have disagreed in two recent decisions: The General Court’s decision In the matter Puma v EUIPO - DN Solutions

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