April, 2024

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How we stack up against others offering trademark services

Erik K Pelton

We recognize that business owners have a choice when it comes to protecting their brand and who they hire to work with them. We stack up differently against most others in the field of trademarks. To the best of our knowledge, no one else offers the same suite of characteristics that we have at EMP&A, see below: The post How we stack up against others offering trademark services appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC.

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How Mystery Science Theater 3000 Helped Expose a Plagiarism

Plagiarism Today

In 1997, MST3K featured a little-known film entitled Clonus. Eight years later, a major studio released an eerily similar film. The post How Mystery Science Theater 3000 Helped Expose a Plagiarism appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Would Anyone Copyright This Flag? (Not an April Fool’s Joke)

Hugh Stephens Blog

Image: Flags of the World (Used with permission) No, this flag is not an April Fool’s joke, although I am posting this on April 1. As a flag design, it’s a dog’s breakfast. Not that a registered design has to be aesthetically appealing, but it needs to be original. And this one is original, in … Continue reading "Would Anyone Copyright This Flag?

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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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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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An Independent Musician’s Perspective on the TikTok Legislation Before Congress

IP Watchdog

There are many loud voices making a lot of noise about TikTok right now, and as someone who makes “noise” for a living, I thought I’d provide an independent musician’s perspective on the TikTok legislation before Congress: I hope it passes, both as an American and as a music maker. First of all, this bill restricts TikTok, it does not “ban” the app.

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Dune: Part Two Leaks Early on Pirate Sites ‘In Memory of EVO’

TorrentFreak

Pirated copies of movies leak all year round, often ripped from streaming platforms after their official premiere. That by itself is nothing special. However, when a high-quality copy of a blockbuster title appears online before it’s officially available, people take notice. That’s exactly what happened with Dune: Part Two over the past few hours.

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3 Count: SOPA Returning?

Plagiarism Today

MPA announces new anti-piracy initiative, new bill targets AI companies and Tecmo sues Singapore-based competitor. The post 3 Count: SOPA Returning? appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Hytera Says It'll Be A 'Shell' If 7th Circ. Doesn't End Sanctions

IP Law 360

China-based Hytera Communications has again asked the Seventh Circuit to pause a daily $1 million fine, worldwide product sales ban and other "crushing" sanctions an Illinois federal judge imposed for continuing a Chinese intellectual property suit against her orders, saying it will otherwise become "an empty corporate shell.

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[Guest Post] Long walk to copyright reform #9: The Copyright Amendment Bill ensures fair remuneration for South African creators and performers

The IPKat

The IPKat has received and is pleased to host the following guest contribution by Katfriend Desmond Oriakhogba (University of the Western Cape) on one of the important but largely overlooked aspect of South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill: provisions aimed at ensuring fair remuneration for South African creators and performers. Here’s what Desmond writes: The Copyright Amendment Bill ensures fair remuneration for South African creators and performers by Desmond O Oriakhogba.fair compensation n

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The Licensing Vector: A Fair Approach to Content Use in LLMs

IP Watchdog

A spate of recent lawsuits is shining light on how some generative AI (GenAI) companies are using copyrighted materials, without permission, as a core part of their products. Among the most recent examples is the New York Times Company’s’ lawsuit against OpenAI, which alleges a variety of copyright-related claims. For their part, some GenAI companies like OpenAI argue that there is no infringement, either because there is no “copying” of protected materials or that the copyright principle of fai

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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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The Pirate Bay’s Oldest Torrent is Now 20 Years Old

TorrentFreak

When The Pirate Bay first came online, in the second half of 2003 , the ‘internet’ looked nothing like it does today. A Harvard student had yet to start writing the first lines of code on a new idea, called “TheFacebook” YouTube wasn’t around yet either, and the same was true for the smartphones that dominate people’s lives today.

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A Rule 4 Service Drama: all FedEx, DHL and UPS Delivery Modes are not Created Equal

JD Supra Law

A counterclaim plaintiff’s claims in a complex trade secret action involving the development of cell-cultured human milk suffered a rather pedestrian fate given the important technological stakes. The counterclaim defendants had actual notice of the claims, but defective service under Rule 4 ended them before they began.

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Copyright Claims Board Finds in Favor of Right of First Sale

Plagiarism Today

The Copyright Claims Board has handed down a new final determination, this one dealing with music and the first sale doctrine. The post Copyright Claims Board Finds in Favor of Right of First Sale appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Balancing Innovation: India’s Views for Pharmaceuticals in the Efta Trade Deal

IIPRD

INTRODUCTION The World Trade Organization (WTO) since its establishment has ratified more than 300 regional and bilateral Free-Trade Agreements (FTA). [i] Recently, the trend of increasing prevalence of TRIPS-Plus provisions within these trade agreements introduces stricter intellectual property (IP) regimes. This empowers countries with superior negotiating powers a leverage, [ii] typically developed nations in the context of developed-developing country partnerships.

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AG Asked To Weigh In On Jack Daniel's TM Dispute

IP Law 360

An Arizona federal judge has certified a constitutional question from VIP Products LLC asking U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland whether the First Amendment supports the Lanham Act provision authorizing injunctive relief in cases of trademark dilution by tarnishment.

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Heirs to Author of Article That Inspired Top Gun Crash and Burn in California District Court

IP Watchdog

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled on Friday that Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay, the widow and son of Ehud Yonay, who authored a 1983 magazine article that inspired the renowned film, Top Gun, were not entitled to damages for copyright infringement related to the 2022 sequel to the film. Yonay authored a magazine article titled “Top Guns,” published in California Magazine on April 21, 1983, that was an account of the experiences of F-14 pilots in training at Navy’

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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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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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3 Count: Sample Battle

Plagiarism Today

Universal Music Group sued over Mary J Blige song, Michigan hospital hits back in copyright case, and USTR calls out pirating nations. The post 3 Count: Sample Battle appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Insta-results

Likelihood of Confusion

Some people, it seems. You know what I mean. Instapundit Glenn Reynolds mentioned casually to ten or a hundred thousand of his closest friends that he was having the darndest time freeing up his INSTAPUNDIT® trademark so that it could be used — by him — as a Twitter username. Well he, with the help […] The post Insta-results appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

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Inventor Says AI Art Merits Copyright Despite US Gov't Stance

IP Law 360

An artificial intelligence inventor has bashed the U.S. Copyright Office's arguments that art created by his AI system is not copyrightable because the machine is not human, telling the D.C. Circuit that the government cannot overcome the fact that the work exists, it's original and it qualifies for registration, regardless of its origin.

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Schiff Introduces Bill to Mandate Disclosure of Copyrighted Content Used to Train GAI Models

IP Watchdog

On April 9, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Generative AI Copyright Disclosure Act of 2024 into the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which would require generative artificial intelligence (AI) platforms to disclose their use of copyrighted works in training AI models with retroactive effect, comes after months of growing concerns by the global creative community over the misappropriation of original works of authorship by companies collecting such content without prior a

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Cox Plans to Take Piracy Liability Battle to the Supreme Court

TorrentFreak

Internet provider Cox Communications has been on the sharp end of several piracy lawsuits in recent years. The biggest hit came three years ago when the Internet provider lost its legal battle against a group of major record labels. A Virginia jury held Cox liable for pirating subscribers because it failed to terminate accounts after repeated accusations, ordering the company to pay $1 billion in damages.

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Lessons From the License to Drive (and Protect) Sports Illustrated

JD Supra Law

For years, Sports Illustrated (SI) has provided exclusive, in-depth looks into some of sports’ greatest games and players, with its voice and visuals providing great entertainment and information for sports fans around the world. As an example, a signed 1975 SI cover of Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier is one of my most prized pieces of memorabilia. Meanwhile, I first learned about LeBron James when he graced Sports Illustrated’s cover in 2002.

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3 Count: Deutschland

Plagiarism Today

Rammstein sued over their 2019 song Deutschland, UK comedy lawsuit moves toward a trial and ACE targets pirate sites via Cloudflare. The post 3 Count: Deutschland appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Addressing the Need for Copyright Education in Medical Communications

Velocity of Content

CCC is committed to addressing the ongoing needs and challenges of both medical communications professionals and leading publishers of medical journals. Whether facilitating important panel discussions, exploring the impact of the latest industry trends at customer-focused events like our recent Permissions Roundtable on 11 March, or gathering customer feedback via Customer Service and surveys, one message is consistently heard – there is a need for additional copyright education around the reus

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BREAKING: Amazon Hit With $525M Verdict Over Data Storage Patents

IP Law 360

An Illinois federal jury on Wednesday found that Amazon infringed three of a Chicago software company's patents relating to cloud data storage technology, determining that while the infringement was not willful, Amazon owes $525 million in damages.

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Bayh-Dole Coalition: Activist Groups’ Bid for Medicare to Make Generic Xtandi is a ‘Desperate Ploy’

IP Watchdog

On April 9, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) sent a letter to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, requesting that CMS use alleged statutory authority to allow companies to make and sell generic versions of the blockbuster prostate cancer drug, Xtandi®.

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‘Pirated’ TikTok Clips Help to Promote TV Series, Research Finds

TorrentFreak

The debate over whether copyright infringement cannibalizes legitimate media consumption has been dragging on for several decades now. The issue has been researched extensively with both positive and negative effects being reported, varying based on the type of content and the ‘piracy’ source, among other variables. By now, most experts would agree that watching a new blockbuster on a pirate streaming site isn’t going to magically benefit legitimate sales.

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Paramount Flies Clear of Copyright Turbulence in “Top Gun” Lawsuit

Copyright Lately

A federal court has shot down a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that Top Gun: Maverick flew too close to a 1983 magazine article that inspired the original film. A California federal judge has permanently grounded a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the heirs of Ehud Yonay, the writer whose 1983 article in California Magazine inspired the original Top Gun film.

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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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AI Spending is Not an AI Strategy: Why the Government’s Artificial Intelligence Plan Avoids the Hard Governance Questions

Michael Geist

The government announced plans over the weekend to spend billions of dollars to support artificial intelligence. Billed as “securing Canada’s AI Advantage” , the plan includes promises to spend $2 billion on an AI Compute Access Fund and a Canadian AI Sovereign Compute Strategy that is focused on developing domestic computing infrastructure. In addition, there is $200 million for AI startups, $100 million for AI adoption, $50 million for skills training (particularly those in the creative sector

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Why IP Attys Are Watching This $2B Trade Secrets Battle

IP Law 360

A case of alleged corporate espionage involving two software companies that resulted in a $2 billion verdict has all the hallmarks of a legal thriller, and attorneys are watching the appeal closely to see how it could impact trade secrets litigation.

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Vidal Vacates Board’s Denial of IPR Institution on Auto Part Patent

IP Watchdog

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal vacated and remanded a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on Friday that had denied institution of an inter partes review (IPR) requested by auto parts manufacturer, Mahle Behr Charleston, Inc. U.S. Patent No. RE47,494 E is owned by inventor Frank Amidio Catalano and covers “a device to prevent corrosion [in motor vehicle radiators] caused by electrolysis.

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MPA: Site-Blocking Will Stop Pirate Site Owners Who Abuse Kids & Traffick Drugs

TorrentFreak

It’s no secret that the Motion Picture Association (MPA) views site-blocking measures in the United States as the logical next step in their perpetual campaign against piracy. Working with U.S. Congress members, the plan is to propose judicial site-blocking legislation that will see local ISPs compelled by law to prevent consumer access to pirate sites.