2021

BTS’ ‘Butter’ Hit with Multiple Plagiarism Allegations

Plagiarism Today

On May 21, the popular K-pop band BTS released their latest single, Butter. However, despite the popularity of the track and solid reviews for it, the release itself has been anything but buttery smooth.

Books and Supply Chains: A Christmas Challenge for Authors, Publishers and Booksellers

Hugh Stephens Blog

On October 22, the Malta registered giant container ship Zim Kingston, enroute from South Korea to Vancouver, lost 109 containers overboard in heavy seas off the coast of Vancouver Island. Although four containers washed ashore further north up the coast, most are assumed to have sunk.

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New Fair Use Guidelines: the Defense Narrows

Creative Law Center

You can't just slap your style on someone else's creative work and call it transformative. Fair use guidelines are evolving. The post New Fair Use Guidelines: the Defense Narrows appeared first on Creative Law Center. Copyright & Content Protection

Benefits and Considerations for Patent Prosecution Under Patent Prosecution Highway in Australia, Canada, South Korea, and Japan

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Introduction. This is the second article of the multi-part series discussing benefits of prosecuting patents under Patent Prosecution Highway or PPH. The first article can be accessed here.

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.

Snopes Co-Founder and CEO Admits to Plagiarizing Dozens of Articles

Plagiarism Today

On Friday, Buzzfeed published an article that highlights the widespread and long-running plagiarism of Snopes CEO and co-founder David Mikkelson.

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Copyright Small Claims: How the CASE Act Works

Creative Law Center

The CASE Act explained. A cost effective way to enforce copyright and fight infringement for small businesses, creatives, and entrepreneurs. The post Copyright Small Claims: How the CASE Act Works appeared first on Creative Law Center. Copyright & Content Protection

Artificial Intelligence And Subject Matter Eligibility In U.S. Patent Office Appeals – Part Two Of Three

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Note: First published in The Intellectual Property Strategist and Law.com. This article is Part Two of a Three-Part Article Series. Artificial intelligence is changing industry and society, and metrics at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reflect its impact.

The Cinemassacre Monster Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

Disclosure: Though I have no relationship or connection with this story, I am a long-time fan of James Rolfe and his work. James Rolfe is one of the most famous YouTubers working today.

Singapore’s Copyright Act Revisions: A Step in the Right Direction, But….

Hugh Stephens Blog

Singapore’s long awaited and long debated revisions to its copyright law were tabled in Parliament at the beginning of July with a view to enactment by the end of summer. This follows a two-month public consultation by the Law Ministry and Intellectual Property Office.

What is a brand made of?

Erik K Pelton

A “brand” is the sum total of a number of things that go to the heart of a business’ relationship with its customers and within the marketplace of competitors: For more about Building a Bold Brand , see my book ! The post What is a brand made of?

‘Wandavision’ Is The Most Pirated TV-Show of 2021

TorrentFreak

At the end of every year, we take a look at the most-downloaded TV episodes among torrenting pirates. For several years in a row the list was headed by Game of Thrones but that reign came to an end last year after the series ended.

A Split Develops: Can Artificial Intelligence Invent Stuff?

JD Supra Law

There is a split developing in the world over whether artificial intelligence software (AI) can be listed as an inventor on a patent application. A recent U.S. district court decision illustrates the consistent position taken in the U.S.

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and copyright

WIPO Magazine

This year, NFTs (non-fungible token), the latest hype in the world of distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies, have taken the art and tech worlds by storm. But what are the implications for copyright, if any

The ‘Restoring America Invents Act’ Would Open the Floodgates for Patent Owner Harassment

IP Watchdog

The much discussed, but previously unreleased, Restoring America Invents Act has finally been made public.

New Primer on the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

In summer 2018, I wrote a short primer on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) soon after its passage. That primer proved to be quite popular, and I posted annual updated versions in summer 2019 and 2020.

13 Spooky Copyright Cases, Just in Time for Halloween

Copyright Lately

The only thing scarier than a slasher flick is a lawsuit. Here are some of the greatest copyright horror stories, featuring such classics as “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Halloween,” “Dracula,” “Ghostbusters” and … a creepy McDonalds character?

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Are Fictional Characters Protected Under Copyright Law?

Creative Law Center

The independent life of fictional characters. Consider them an additional creative asset in a writer’s intellectual property portfolio. The post Are Fictional Characters Protected Under Copyright Law? appeared first on Creative Law Center. Copyright & Content Protection

Benefits and Considerations for Patent Prosecution under Patent Prosecution Highway in the U.S., Europe, China, and Singapore

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Introduction. Patent Prosecution Highway or PPH is a set of initiatives promulgated by participating patent offices around the world to accelerate patent prosecution in countries of the participating patent offices.

Why You Should Never Use the Stock Content in a Website Theme

Plagiarism Today

Building a new website is literally easier than it’s ever been. There are countless services that will help you get started and a never-ending slew of tools to help you get your business or personal endeavor online. However, that’s not to say that there is no work.

Surprise! Canadians Like to Pirate NHL Games–But Dynamic Site Blocking Orders May Soon Put a Stop to the Free Rides

Hugh Stephens Blog

Department of Commerce issues report finding that “USPTO’s trademark registration process was not effective in preventing fraudulent or inaccurate registrations”

Erik K Pelton

A new report from the Department of Commerce, the agency of which the USPTO is a part, was released last week following its ” audit of the United States Patent and trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) efforts to improve the accuracy of the trademark register” that began in April of 2020. See all the details here: [link].

‘Widevine Dump”: Leaked Code Downloads HD Video from Disney+, Amazon, and Netflix

TorrentFreak

With more ways to stream online video than ever before, protecting video continues to be a key issue for copyright holders. This is often achieved through Digital Rights Management, which is often referred to by the initials DRM.

US Court Rules Artificial Intelligence Systems Are Not 'Inventors'

JD Supra Law

On September 2, 2021, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) motion for summary judgement, finding that an artificial intelligence (AI) system cannot be named as an inventor on a patent.

Picking Up Where Bill C-10 Left Off: The Canadian Government’s Non-Consultation on Online Harms Legislation

Michael Geist

The Canadian government released its plans yesterday for online harms legislation with a process billed as a consultation, but which is better characterized as an advisory notice, since there are few questions, options or apparent interest in hearing what Canadians think of the plans.

Controlled Digital Lending Thwarts Democratic Process and Rights of Authors

IP Watchdog

One of the latest controversies in copyright law concerns the practice of controlled digital lending (CDL) by libraries. The idea is simple: Libraries take the physical books on their shelves, digitize them, and then share the digital copies with members of the public.

Announcing the 2021 Edition of My Internet Law Casebook

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

I’m pleased to announce the 2021 edition of my Internet Law casebook, Internet Law: Cases & Materials. If I counted editions, this would be the 12th edition. The book is available as a PDF at Gumroad for $10, as a Kindle ebook for $9.99, and in hard copy at Amazon for $20.

Why can’t we all just meme along?

Likelihood of Confusion

As it says in the tweet-within-a-tweet above, today the New York State Supreme Court dismissed all claims against our client, Logan Cook. He’s “Carpe Donktum,” and this is the infamous. The post Why can’t we all just meme along? appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

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In the Courts: Australian Court finds AI systems can be “inventors”

WIPO Magazine

In a world first, a judge of the Federal Court of Australia has found that artificial intelligence is capable of being an “inventor” for the purposes of the Australian patent regime. Find out more about Justice Beach’s decision

Waiver Of Intellectual Property Protections For COVID-19 Vaccine Unlikely To Have Meaningful Impact In Short Term

Intellectual Property Law Blog

On Wednesday, May 7, 2021, the United States officially endorsed waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines.

Copyright in the Age of Bots

Plagiarism Today

If you’ve had any issues with copyright over the past few years, whether you are on YouTube, Facebook or even operating your own website, it’s probable that your issue didn’t start with a human, but with a bot.

The American Music Fairness Act (AMFA): The Canadian Dimension

Hugh Stephens Blog

Last week I posted a blog on the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), draft US legislation that seeks to end the exemption that US terrestrial broadcasters enjoy with respect to payment of broadcast royalties to performers and labels for playing recorded music.

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We’re hiring! Seeking Associate Attorney, Trademark

Erik K Pelton

We are excited to to announce that we are hiring an Associate Attorney in our trademark firm! Details and application information below: Erik M Pelton & Associates – Job Posting Associate Attorney Trademark by Erik Pelton on Scribd. The post We’re hiring!

Sci-Hub Founder: Academic Publishers Are the Real Threat to Science, Not Sci-Hub

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 access papers they otherwise have a hard time accessing. For some, the site is essential to do their work.