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Is it Dangerous to Use Free Stock Photo Websites?

Plagiarism Today

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and nothing in this post is intended to function as legal advice. If you have specific questions to your situation, please consult an attorney. On the internet, there are a variety of free stock photography websites (both royalty free and free of cost).

The Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension Myth: A Convenient “Straw Man” to Attack

Hugh Stephens Blog

The Walt Disney Company has delighted generations of children and adults with its style of wholesome family entertainment, whether it’s movies, cartoons, games or theme parks. That’s the Disney brand.


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Court: Foreign Torrent Site Operator Can Be Sued in the US


In 2019, the makers of the superhero film “Hellboy” (HB Productions) filed a lawsuit against torrent site MKVCage at a Hawaii federal court. The movie company accused the site and its operator of promoting and distributing pirated copies of the movie, demanding to put an end to the activity.

CRTC Chair Confirms Bill C-11 Captures User Content, Will Take Years to Implement

Michael Geist

CRTC Chair Ian Scott appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage yesterday and Bill C-11 proved to be a popular topic of discussion.

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.

TikTok Announces New Video Citation Tools

Plagiarism Today

Yesterday, TikTok announced that it has launched new tools that it says will help creators better attribute original creators , including a tool that enables users to tag creators in the video’s caption, rather than just in the comments or description. . The idea is simple.

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U.S. Megaupload Judge Was Replaced Due to Disney Stake, Dotcom Says


More than ten years after the shutdown of Megaupload, there have been some major developments relating to the criminal prosecution recently.

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Young People Know that Intellectual Property Exists but Lack Insight in How IP Rights Work

IP Close Up

Most students and recent graduates in affluent Singapore are similar to their contemporaries in other developed economies: They know intellectual property rights exist but are Continue reading.

3 Count: Hey Mickey!

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: How Toni Basil Got the Rights to ‘Mickey’ Back.

Nike’s Trademark Fight Against StockX Moves Offline

IP Watchdog

StockX, which describes its e-commerce resale platform as “[t]he current culture marketplace,” is primarily used by consumers to resell and buy sneakers, among other items.

Megaupload Pair Face 10 Years in Prison on New Organized Crime Charges


Eary 2022, after more than a decade of legal uncertainty following the Megaupload raids in 2012, Kim Dotcom and co-defendants Mattias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk were still fighting to prevent their extradition to the United States.

Is the Government Seeking to Short Circuit the Senate Review of Bill C-11?

Michael Geist

The review of the Online Streaming Act (Bill C-11) heads to committee next week as the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage plans to devote roughly 20 hours to hearing over the next two weeks. I have received an invitation and may appear as soon as next week.

Some Final Thoughts on the Jumi Bello Case

Plagiarism Today

Last week was, undoubtedly, the craziest week I’ve had in the history of this site. For those who missed it, author Jumi Bello published an essay with the goal of explaining why her upcoming book was cancelled for plagiarism.

CAFC Dismisses Appeal of PTAB Determination Because it Partially Involved Time-Bar

IP Watchdog

On May 13, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed Bennett Regulator Guards, Inc.’s

Is it Illegal to Use Pirate Streaming Sites?


There are many options for people to enjoy movies and TV shows legally but millions still choose to pirate content instead. Up until a decade ago, this piracy landscape was dominated by torrent sites and direct download portals. Today, the vast majority of pirates use streaming sites.

Announcing the 3rd Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law


A photograph of Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer. On the occasion of our founder Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer’s 46th birth anniversary today, we at SpicyIP are proud to announce the third edition of the Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law.

DeivanArt Expanding System for Detecting Copied Images

Plagiarism Today

DeviantArt has announced that it is expanding its DeviantArt Protect service , making it available to all artists, not just those that use DeviantArt to share their work.

CAFC Gives Google Second Shot at PTAB in Challenge of Communications Patents

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) today vacated and remanded three decisions of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that had found Google failed to prove the relevant claims of IPA Technologies, Inc.’s s patents to be unpatentable.

PrimeStreams IPTV Targeted in Multi-Million Dollar Piracy Lawsuit


Most suppliers, sellers and resellers in the pirate IPTV space face an interesting conundrum. On one hand, being unsuccessful dramatically reduces the odds of legal trouble but isn’t conducive to getting rich.

If TOS Formation Fails, Bad Legal Outcomes Are Likely to Follow–Doe v. Roblox

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

This case involves Roblox, a virtual world. Allegedly, a majority of Roblox users are under 13. Roblox has an in-game currency, Robux. Users can manufacture virtual items in-game, and other users can buy those items using Robux, with Roblox taking a cut of the transactions.

3 Count: Extra Element

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: GPL Legal Battle: Vizio Told by Judge it Will Have to Answer Breach-of-Contract Claims.

Patent Filings Roundup: Petitions on Key Dupe Patents Denied Under Fintiv; Taxidermy Patent Filings Stuffed

IP Watchdog

It was a slow week at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and a fast one in the district court, with 82 new patent complaints and 85 terminations, but just 18 patent filings at the PTAB.

Watch Tower’s DMCA Warfare Collapses After Big Guns Defend Apostate


After researching thousands of DMCA notices and reporting on hundreds of copyright lawsuits, more often than not it takes just a few seconds or minutes to broadly establish the purpose of any action.

My SCOTUS Amicus Brief on Texas HB20’s Unconstitutional Transparency Requirements

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the existing injunction against Texas HB 20, the so-called social media censorship law, in a one-sentence order.

3 Count: AI Challenges

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Watch Tower’s DMCA Warfare Collapses After Big Guns Defend Apostate.

Policy Shift Against SEP Rights Poses Risks for U.S. Innovation and Undermines Mandate of the ITC

IP Watchdog

resident Biden took an important step toward safeguarding the U.S. economy with last year’s Executive Order No.

Cloudflare: EU’s Piracy Watchlist Should Focus on Illegal Acts, Not Copyright Advocacy


Following the example set by United States, the EU started publishing its very own piracy watchlist in 2018. The biannual ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ is put together by the European Commission.

Trademark Bully or Meritorious Plaintiff? Taco John’s vs. Taco Chon

JD Supra Law

A trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Minnesota by Taco John’s against Minnesota Mexican restaurant Taco Chon Mexican Grill is heating up in federal court and the court of public opinion.

3 Count: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Supreme Court Leaves in Place Circuit Split Regarding Approach for Assessing Substantial Similarity in Copyrighted Works.

Hyatt Returns to SCOTUS with Request to Clarify Standard for Summary Judgment, APA Scope of Review Provisions

IP Watchdog

Gilbert Hyatt, an inventor who has been granted more than 70 patents and has filed more than 400 applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has petitioned the U.S.

BREIN Seizes Crypto and Cash from Twice-Caught Pirate IPTV Seller


As part of its endless quest to disrupt the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content, in March 2021 Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN said it had successfully targeted yet another pirate IPTV seller.

What Vidal has done and should do to improve US pro bono

Managing IP

The new USPTO director has made expanding pro bono a priority – counsel say she could focus on outreach, resource and post-patent support

IP+T Intelligence Newsletter - Q2 2022

JD Supra Law

Section 1782: Discovery in Support of a Foreign Proceeding - Recent years have seen attacks on the trade secrets and intellectual property of U.S. companies. While foreign governments, corporate espionage, and cybersecurity grab the headlines, U.S.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, May 20: CAFC Remands No Case or Controversy Determination to Eastern Texas, Ninth Circuit Rules 2018 Farm Act Legalized Delta-8 THC Trademarks, and EU Commission Directs Member States to Codify Copyright Rules

IP Watchdog