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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.

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.


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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) !

10 Years Ago the Feds Shut Down Megaupload


At the end of 2011, Kim Dotcom dropped the “ Megaupload Song.” ” The track, a blatant promotional piece for the file-sharing site, featured top artists such P Diddy,, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West.

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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.

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?,

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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.

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.

University of Kansas Vice Provost Resigns Amid Plagiarism Allegations

Plagiarism Today

Earlier this week, D.A. Graham, the now-former interim vice provost for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the University of Kansas, sent out an email with the subject, “2022 MLK Jr. Day of Reflection” to all students, faculty and staff of the university.

Green Light for Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

IP Watchdog

The countdown to the launch of the EU Unitary Patent has begun, with the new system expected to start before the end of this year.

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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.

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.

3 Count: Contemptible Rimini

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Support Specialist Rimini Street Found in Contempt of Court for Continued Oracle Copyright Infringements.

Catching Up on Recent FOSTA Developments (None of Them Good)

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

The number #1 question I get whenever I discuss FOSTA with folks who aren’t familiar with it: did Congress know what it was doing? Well, the answer is complicated.

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC is Seeking a Biotechnology Patent Attorney/Agent

IP Watchdog

McKee Voorhees and Sease, a boutique IP firm established in 1924 serving global clients at the intersection of science and law, seeks an experienced IP attorney to join the firm in the Chemical and Biotechnology practice group.

Browser Extension Adds Sci-Hub Download Links to Publishers’ Websites


Given its reputation for tearing down paywalls to deliver knowledge and enlightenment to academics, students and researchers, Sci-Hub remains one of the internet’s most valuable data resources.

3 Count: Copyright Exhaustion

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Government Pauses Plans to Rewrite UK Copyright Laws After Authors Protest.

Inventive AI: European Patent Office finds that only humans can be inventors

JD Supra Law

Patent offices and courts around the world have recently been grappling with the question of whether an AI system can be the inventor of a patent.

CAFC Nixes District Court Claim Construction in Win for Firearms Patent Owner

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) on Friday ruled that a California district court erred in its claim construction relating to Evolusion Concepts, Inc.’s s patent for a method of converting a semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine to one with a fixed magazine.

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.

3 Count: Legal Haze

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Jimi Hendrix Estate Sues Heirs Of His Bandmates Over Copyright Threats.

Creator Spotlight with Artist Kasey Lynn Wisnom

Copyright Alliance

This week we’d like to introduce you to artist Kasey Lynn Wisnom. What was the inspiration behind becoming an artist? What do you enjoy most about the creative process? My […]. The post Creator Spotlight with Artist Kasey Lynn Wisnom appeared first on Copyright Alliance.

Court Unseals Documents in Gilead Lawsuit Alleging Massive Counterfeit HIV Drug Scheme

IP Watchdog

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York yesterday unsealed documents in an anticounterfeiting suit filed last year by Gilead Sciences, Inc. against a slew of defendants who Gilead alleges sold, marketed, and distributed counterfeits of its HIV medications.

Record Labels Face Sanctions Over ‘Destroyed’ Piracy Evidence


Under US copyright law, Internet providers must terminate the accounts of repeat infringers “in appropriate circumstances.”. In the past such drastic action was rare, but with the backing of legal pressure, ISPs are increasingly being held to this standard. Billion Dollar Lawsuits.

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Top Three Stories of 2021

JD Supra Law

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 15th annual list of top patent stories.

How Instagram Changed Its Embedding Feature—and What That Means for Photographers and Publishers

Copyright Alliance

In mid-December of 2021, Instagram quietly let it be known that it had added a feature to its service that allows users to disable its commonly misused and misunderstood embedding […].

Spotify Successfully Opposes Two Marijuana-Related Trademark Applications

IP Watchdog

On January 11, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) issued a precedential decision finding dilution by blurring and sustaining two oppositions filed by Spotify AB against two marijuana-related trademark applications. Applicant U.S. Software Inc.

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 Federal Circuit Finds IPR Petitioner Has Standing

JD Supra Law

On December 28, 2021, the Federal Circuit issued another decision addressing an appellant’s standing to appeal inter partes review (“IPR”) decisions from the PTAB.

5 Ways to Build Career Agility in Library and Information Sciences [Interview with Kim Dority]

Velocity of Content

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Kim Dority, president of Dority & Associates , about the essential career skills information professionals need in order to succeed in today’s uncertain environment.

Knowledge Ecology International’s New March-In Petition is Déjà vu All Over Again – With One Twist

IP Watchdog

Some say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome.

Manga Artist Maki Murakami Targets Large Pirate Site


While pirate sites offering mainstream movies and TV shows regularly pull in millions of visits every month, just a few years ago it would’ve been unthinkable that those operating in niches could become equally ranked.

Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent Moving Ahead in Europe

JD Supra Law

Final preparations by sixteen EU member states for their Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) began on 19 January 2022, following Austria’s deposit on the previous day of its ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement (PPA).

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For RightsLink for Scientific Communications Users, 2021 Was a Very Good Year

Velocity of Content

For the market-leading RightsLink for Scientific Communications platform, 2021 was a momentous—and busy—year serving publishers and their institutional customers.