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Why Amazon is Overrun with Plagiarism and AI Garbage

Plagiarism Today

Amazon is facing criticism over AI-generated spam ebooks being sold in the Kindle Store. However, the problem goes back at least 15 years. The post Why Amazon is Overrun with Plagiarism and AI Garbage appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Trademark Tips for Journalists

Erik K Pelton

Erik shares important tips for journalists to help them accurately report on trademark matters in this episode. The post Trademark Tips for Journalists appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC. Erik shares important tips for journalists to help them accurately report on trademark matters in this episode.

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Czech court finds that AI tool DALL-E cannot be the author of a copyright work

The IPKat

In a recent judgment (in Czech) which is one of the first of its kind in Europe, the Municipal Court of Prague (the Court) held that an image generated by an AI tool was not capable of being protected by copyright, as it was not authored by a natural person. Background The claimant in this case, which is anonymised in the Court's judgment, had asked the AI program DALL-E to create an image for the claimant's website.

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Public Lending Right (PLR) Registration in Canada is Still Open: Enrol if you are Eligible

Hugh Stephens Blog

Photo: Author If you know all about the Public Lending Right (PLR) program in Canada, you probably don’t need this reminder.

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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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Megachurch Pastor Accused of Plagiarizing an Apology

Plagiarism Today

Lakepointe Church pastor Josh Howerton is accused of plagiarizing an apology. Sadly, it's not his first run in with plagiarism. The post Megachurch Pastor Accused of Plagiarizing an Apology appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Top 10 Legal Issues in the Cannabis Industry in 2024

JD Supra Law

In an industry known for its fast-paced changes, 2024 will be no different for cannabis. For all those with an eye on the industry, the number one question remains, is this the year for rescheduling? The answer is, maybe. And if not rescheduling, what about creating a safe harbor for banking? Again, maybe (albeit less likely).

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Uptobox Was Shut Down in 2023; A Court Will Decide Whether to Resurrect It

TorrentFreak

Founded back in 2011, Uptobox rapidly gained popularity by making it easy for users to upload, store, and share files with others online. In April 2023, Uptobox received 34 million visits from users all over the world, around a third of those from France. At several points in its dozen or so years online, Uptobox faced adversity, mostly due to copyright issues.

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Yet Another Harvard Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

Harvard is facing yet another plagiarism scandal, this one involves an instructor who is accused of plagiarizing in an expert witness report. The post Yet Another Harvard Plagiarism Scandal appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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False Patent Marking as False Advertising: Overcoming Dastar

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch The Federal Circuit is set to consider the use of terms like “patented,” “proprietary,” and “exclusive” in commercial advertising can be actionable under § 43(a)(1)(B) of the Lanham Act when their use is not entirely accurate. The key issue on appeal is whether the district court erred in granting summary judgment for Crocs on Double Diamond Distribution and U.S.A.

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Thaler, Copyright Office Fight Over Human-Authorship Requirement for AI-Created Artwork Continues

IP Watchdog

On April 10, Dr. Stephen Thaler filed a reply brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, continuing the artificial intelligence (AI) technologist’s legal challenge to the U.S. Copyright Office’s refusal to register copyright to an artwork generated by Thaler’s Creativity Machine. The reply brief argues that there is no human authorship requirement under the U.S.

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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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Pirate Site FMovies Rivals Major Streaming Platforms in U.S. Web Traffic

TorrentFreak

For a long time, pirate site blocking was regarded as a topic most U.S. politicians would rather avoid. That’s no longer the case… In recent years calls for a U.S. site-blocking regime have started to flare up. Last week, MPA CEO Charles Rivkin used his keynote speech at CinemaCon to double down on this demand, urging U.S. lawmakers to seriously consider site blocking, now that it’s proven to work in dozens of other countries.

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3 Count: Musical Appeal

Plagiarism Today

Marvin Gaye rightsholder seeks to revive Ed Sheeran lawsuit, judge denies motion by California plaintiffs in New York OpenAI case and more. The post 3 Count: Musical Appeal appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Three Strategies to Prevent Departing Employees from Absconding with Trade Secrets and Other Confidential Business Information

JD Supra Law

One of the biggest threats to modern corporations involves departing employees who take confidential business information (CBI) and/or trade secrets with them prior to or upon their departure. Indeed, the misappropriation of trade secrets and CBI can cost companies millions of dollars in legal fees, reputational harm, and lost revenue. In recent years, three new trends in the way that companies do business have led to unintended growth in this area of risk.

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Imminent EBA referral confirmed on the question of using the description to interpret the claims (T 0439/22)

The IPKat

It is now confirmed that there will be a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on the correct approach to claim interpretation. The Board of Appeal in T 0439/22 had previously indicated that they were minded to refer a question to the EBA on how much the description should be used to interpret the claims ( IPKat ). The published minutes of oral proceeding from a hearing in the case last week confirm that the Board of Appeal intends to follow through on this intention.

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Operator of ‘Bitcoin Invested’ Pirate Site Movie2K Charged After More Than a Decade

TorrentFreak

At the start of the 2010s, Movie2K was one of the most visited sites on the web. The site was an early adopter of pirate streaming and at its peak, secured a spot among the twenty most-visited websites in Germany, beating Twitter and Amazon. Movie2K’s success generated a healthy revenue stream which its operators converted to a new and exciting ‘currency’ called Bitcoin.

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Second Norwegian Minister Resigns Over Plagiarism Allegations

Plagiarism Today

A second Norwegian minister has resigned and had her degree revoked following allegations of plagiarism. Here's why it's important. The post Second Norwegian Minister Resigns Over Plagiarism Allegations appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Patent Poetry: Federal Circuit Affirms Blockchain Gem Patent Is Invalid

JD Supra Law

The Federal Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision finding the claims of a patent for preventing gemstone counterfeiting invalid. The case is Rady v. The Boston Consulting Group. Rady owns US Patent No. 10,469,250, directed to “a framework [for] record[ing] to a blockchain” the “unique identification[s] (signatures) of physical items which have unique, random properties.”.

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Generative AI and creativity: A quick analysis of US and Canadian copyright registrations for artistic works

Kluwer Copyright Blog

Image generated with Midjourney In the middle of 2022, three significant AI text-to-image generators were made available to the public: Dall-E 2 (April 2022), Midjourney (July 2022), and Stability Diffusion (August 2022). In addition to raising questions about ownership of outputs , infringement in training , and the future of copyright as a policy tool to encourage creativity , economists are in the early stages of analysing the effects of these technologies on human creativity.

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Off The Bench: NCAA Rules, Trans Athlete Win, NBA Pro's Ban

IP Law 360

In this week's Off The Bench, the NCAA formally lifted restrictions on athletes transferring schools and how they can receive name, image and likeness money, West Virginia's transgender sports ban is dealt a blow by the Fourth Circuit, and betting costs an NBA player his career.

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3 Count: Open Source Woes

Plagiarism Today

OpenTofu responds to allegations of copyright infringement, Apple removes Game Boy emulator, and Bulgarian authorities target piracy. The post 3 Count: Open Source Woes appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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“Known” Claim Elements Alone Insufficient for Motivation to Combine

JD Supra Law

In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) decision in holding that certain claims of the Virtek patent (U.S. Patent No. 10,052,734) were unpatentable as obvious. See Virtek Vision Int’l ULC v. Assembly Guidance Sys., Inc, No. 2022-1998 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 27, 2024). On cross-appeal, the court also sided with Virtek, affirming that the challenger failed to prove the remaining claims unpatentable as obvious.

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Newman’s Counsel Says Supreme Court’s Agreement with Her Dissent Proves Mental Fitness

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Supreme Court today reversed an en banc decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in which Judge Pauline Newman dissented, a development Newman’s lawyers say belies CAFC Chief Judge Moore’s opinion that Newman is mentally unfit to serve on the court. The en banc decision was an appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in which Judges Newman and Reyna each separately dissented.

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Resistance To Patent Licenses Drives More Suits, Execs Say

IP Law 360

Companies that generate revenue from patents are seeing less willingness to negotiate in recent years among businesses they approach about potential licenses, requiring more litigation in order to reach agreements, executives from IBM, InterDigital and others said Monday.

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3 Count: Copyright Gamble

Plagiarism Today

Slot machine makers files lawsuit against competitor, Phillippine Senate takes up site blocking and Reddit copyright bans skyrocket. The post 3 Count: Copyright Gamble appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Reddit Reports Surge in Copyright-Related User Bans

TorrentFreak

Without doubt, Reddit is one of the most popular user-generated content sites that exists on the Internet today. Last month, the community-driven news and discussion platform went public and, with a market cap of more than $6 billion, immediately became one of the larger tech players. While publicly traded companies operate under a different ruleset than private ones, Reddit remains committed to its transparency efforts.

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Open Source AI – definition and selected legal challenges

Kluwer Copyright Blog

“Artificial intelligence architecture” by Wendelin Jacober is marked with CC0 1.0. In the generative AI era, there is a proliferation of open source claims ( i.e. operators that claim to release AI models sufficiently open to be part of the open source or open innovation movement, as opposed to closed-source model), such as open source and open access foundation models (e.g.

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Steelmaker Asks ITC To Halt EV Imports From Vietnamese Co.

IP Law 360

Luxembourg-based steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar electric vehicle imports from Vinfast, which claims to be the first Vietnamese business to ship electric cars worldwide, with ArcelorMittal saying the company is infringing its patented aluminum-steel coating.

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3 Count: This is America

Plagiarism Today

Kidd Wes appeals This is American decision, Stephen Thaler appeals AI ruling and Global Music Rights settles with radio stations. The post 3 Count: This is America appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Key Defendant in Anna’s Archive Lawsuit Denies Any Involvement With the Site

TorrentFreak

Anna’s Archive is a meta-search engine for shadow libraries that allows users to find pirated books and other related sources. The site launched in the fall of 2022 , just days after Z-Library was targeted in a U.S. criminal crackdown, to ensure continued availability of ‘free’ books and articles to the broader public. Late last year, Anna’s Archive expanded its offering by making information from OCLC’s proprietary WorldCat database available online.

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5 Ways Medical Affairs Teams Can Benefit from Using RightFind

Velocity of Content

Medical Affairs teams play a crucial role within pharmaceutical companies, serving as a bridge between the scientific/medical aspects of the company and external stakeholders such as healthcare professionals (HCPs), researchers, and patient advocacy groups. Medical Affairs’ primary focus is on ensuring the safe and effective use of the company’s products while also contributing to scientific advancement and medical education.

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How Duty Of Candor Figures In USPTO AI Ethics Guidance

IP Law 360

The duty of candor and good faith is an important part of the artificial intelligence ethics guidance issued last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and serious consequences can visit patent and trademark applicants who violate that duty, not just their attorneys and agents, says Michael Cicero at Taylor English.

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Debating the Online Harms Act: Insights from Two Recent Panels on Bill C-63

Michael Geist

The Online Harms Act has sparked widespread debate over the past six weeks. I’ve covered the bill in a trio of Law Bytes podcast ( Online Harms , Canada Human Rights Act , Criminal Code ) and participated in several panels focused on the issue. Those panels are posted below. First, a panel titled the Online Harms Act: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction , sponsored by CIJA that included Emily Laidlaw, Richard Marceau and me.

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The CTA’s Large Operating Company Exemption: Requirements and Considerations

Cogency Global

What this is : The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) includes 23 exemptions to its beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting requirements. In this article, we explore the details of the “Large Operating Company” exemption. What this means : Many of the exemptions to the CTA’s BOI reporting requirements apply only to specific industries or to entities that are already heavily regulated.

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As Course Materials Prices Drop, Dept. of Ed Proposes a Risky Rule Change

The Illusion of More

About 25 years ago, when my first child was a little kid, I predicted to a friend that by the time that boy was an adult, higher education in the United States would be in crisis—both financially and culturally. It was clear then that the rate of increase in costs implied a level of borrowing […] The post As Course Materials Prices Drop, Dept. of Ed Proposes a Risky Rule Change appeared first on The Illusion of More.

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Whitewater Kayaking Makes Me A Better Lawyer

IP Law 360

Whether it's seeing clients and their issues from a new perspective, or staying nimble in a moment of intense challenge, the lessons learned from whitewater kayaking transcend the rapids of a river and prepare attorneys for the courtroom and beyond, says Matthew Kent at Alston & Bird.

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