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Why You Can’t Make Someone Else’s Words Your Own

Plagiarism Today

The Jumi Bello plagiarism scandal became a national news story due to the meta-nature of the plagiarism. Any story about a plagiarism apology being pulled for plagiarism is going to make headlines, doubly so for plagiarizing from a site named Plagiarism Today. .

Ukraine: Protecting Its Culture and its Future

Hugh Stephens Blog

The war grinds on. Every day we see distressing, tragic coverage of the brutal destruction wrought by Russian forces as they try to crush Ukraine’s resistance. How and when it will end is not evident at this point.


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TV Piracy is Growing Rapidly in the UK, Data Show


There is little doubt that, for many people, on-demand streaming services have become the standard for watching TV-shows. The convenience of watching TV series at the viewer’s pace is common nowadays.

Tips From a Former Examiner: Pre-Appeal Brief Review

IP Watchdog

After two or more U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) office actions on the merits, a patent applicant has the option to appeal the patent examiner’s decision rejecting one or more claims to a higher forum, i.e., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

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.

Audi and the Challenge of Cross-Media Plagiarism Detection

Plagiarism Today

Over the weekend, the German carmaker Audi became the center of a massive plagiarism controversy as a new video campaign was accused of ripping off content from a prominent Chinese video blogger.

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How a Former Radio DJ Became a ‘VIP’ Music Uploader on The Pirate Bay


Two decades ago, when the file-sharing boom was just getting started, many people saw piracy as a mystical treasure hunt. At the time, record shops and video stores still dominated the street scene. That would soon be over, as offline entertainment swiftly moved online.

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IPWatchdog’s Patent Litigation Masters: Waving a Wand to Fix U.S. Patent Litigation

IP Watchdog

Day two of IPWatchdog’s Patent Litigation Masters Program yesterday included panels on IP Finance, Mega Verdicts in Patent Litigation, Expert Witnesses and the Fintiv Saga. During the latter panel, former U.S.

3 Count: Bright House

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Records Labels and ISP Seek Summary Judgments in Piracy Lawsuit.

Rounding Up the Supreme Court Briefs in NetChoice v. Paxton, the Challenge to Texas HB20’s Social Media Censorship Law

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

A quick recap: last summer, Texas passed HB20, a #MAGA messaging bill that poses existential threats to the Internet as we know it. NetChoice and CCIA led a lawsuit seeking to enjoin most of it. In December, the federal district court granted the requested injunction based on the First Amendment.

Bogus DMCA Notices Sent to Google By Fake Google….To Protect Google?


DMCA takedown notices give copyright holders the ability to remove copies of their content from websites that have no right to distribute them. Billions of similar notices target search engines that carry links to similarly infringing content.

USTR Needs to Step Up Trade Enforcement

IP Watchdog

As a former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and co-author of major patent legislation, I have a special interest in supporting and protecting U.S. intellectual property rights. So, I took note last month when the Office of the U.S.

3 Count: Patchwork Lawsuit

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Federal Oracle-HP copyright fight kicks off in Silicon Valley.

Why the Government’s New Telecom Policy Directive Means More of the Same for Canada’s Communications Competition Woes

Michael Geist

Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne unveiled the government’s proposed new telecom policy directive yesterday, hailing it as a “ historic step.”

France is Fighting Piracy and Keeping it Alive at the Same Time


At the start of this year, a new bill went into effect in France that created a new regulatory body. The old HADOPI anti-piracy outfit merged with the Higher Audiovisual Council, creating the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority ( Arcom ).

DOE’s Misuse of Bayh-Dole’s ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ Provision: How Uniform Patent Policies Slip Away

IP Watchdog

A principal purpose of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 was imposing a uniform patent ownership policy on all federal agencies.

3 Count: Fast Movies

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: New Copyright Lawsuit Targets Uploaders of 10-Minute Movie Edits.

Trademarks: Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Erik K Pelton

Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance in the world of trademarks ; a lot can be done prior to submitting a trademark application at the USPTO to ensure the best chances of success.

New Copyright Lawsuit Targets Uploaders of 10-Minute Movie Edits


When YouTube first got off the ground in 2005, most of its users would’ve been oblivious to how closely copyright law would govern their online activities moving forward.

Can a Copyright Registration be Invalidated based on Mistakes in the Copyright Application?

JD Supra Law

Suppose that you want to register your copyright by preparing and filing a copyright application with the U.S. Copyright Office. What if you were unaware that you made some mistakes in the copyright application and the copyright application issued into a copyright registration?

The UPenn Admissions Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

Last week, a petition appeared on the site that asked the admissions department at the University of Pennsylvania to investigate a pair of students who, according to the organizers, were admitted to a prestigious program at the university despite having heavily plagiarized crucial works.

The Unrecognizable Bill C-11: The Online Streaming Act Comes to the Heritage Committee

Michael Geist

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage yesterday held the first of four planned day-long hearings on Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act. Over the course of five hours, the committee heard from about a dozen witnesses.

Blizzard: No Piracy Filters? That’s Evidence of Intentional Infringement


This week marked the 10th anniversary of Google’s important decision to begin publishing DMCA takedown notices sent to the company.

Section 230 Helps Salesforce Defeat Sex Trafficking Lawsuit–GG v. Salesforce

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

This is another lawsuit where the plaintiff claims to have been sex trafficked on Backpage. Backpage used Salesforce as its CRM vendor, so the plaintiff claims Salesforce should be liable for the victimization. I’m aware of two other decisions involving virtually identical allegations, Doe v.

To Patent or Not? Take a Hard Look at These 3 Things

JD Supra Law

A movement is brewing among workers, perhaps emboldened by the robust labor market and pandemic-induced introspection. Whatever the reason, many are deciding to pursue success on their own terms — as entrepreneurs — now. By: Erise IP

The Supreme Court’s Unsettling Attempt at Settling the Debate on Section 63 of the Copyright Act


We’re pleased to bring you a guest post on a recent Supreme Court order where certain offences under the Copyright Act were held to be cognizable and non-bailable. The post is co-authored by Akshat Agrawal and Sangita Sharma.

Takedown Galore: 10 Years of Google DMCA Notice Transparency


Exactly ten years ago, Google expanded its transparency report with a new section dedicated to DMCA takedown requests. For the first time, outsiders were able to see what URLs copyrights holders targeted and in what quantity.

The Value of a Great Slogan

Erik K Pelton

A good slogan can be a tremendous asset for a brand. Erik shares examples of memorable slogans, and provides tips on how to create and protect one. The post The Value of a Great Slogan appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC. A good slogan can be a tremendous asset for a brand. Erik shares examples of memorable slogans, and provides tips on how to create and protect one. Podcast Series: Tricks of the TRADE(MARK

MarkIt to Market® - May 2022: Web3 Inspires Spotify to Try NFTs

JD Supra Law

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse are the latest buzzwords online, including in the legal industry. But have you heard about Web3?

Posner won’t butter up Dairy Maiden: In trademark dilution, fame isn’t everything (Best of 2016)

Likelihood of Confusion

Originally published on March 6, 2016. There is a puzzling aspect to much of what emits from U.S. Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner, he of the “strange new respect” earned.

Football Chief Slams IPTV Pirates While Sponsored By Piracy “Supporter”


For many image conscious consumer-orientated businesses, a key to commercial success lies in carefully calibrated branding and marketing. A hand-picked celebrity with the right attributes, for example, can enhance the images of both parties in the eyes of consumers.

Spotify, Comedians, ‘Tasini’ and Me

Velocity of Content

We have all seen how an appropriate and well-timed joke can sometimes influence even grim tyrants. The most violent tyrants put up with their clowns and fools, though these often made them the butt of open insults. Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly.

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Ethicon’s Surgical Stapler Patent Held Invalid by the Federal Circuit

JD Supra Law

In Ethicon LLC v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) upheld a finding from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) the claims of Ethicon’s patent directed to a surgical stapler were invalid on obviousness grounds. By: Haug Partners LLP

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This Week in Washington IP: Risks and Benefits of a U.S. Central Bank Digital Currency, Supporting the Technology Modernization Fund, and Reviewing the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey

IP Watchdog