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.

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.

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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

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?

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.

Federal Circuit Further Eases Path for Obtaining Design Patents

Patently-O

by Dennis crouch. In re Surgisil, LLP , — 4th — ( Fed. 2021 ). This is an important design patent decision that substantially narrows the scope of prior art available for anticipation rejections in design patent cases.

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.

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Cable News Shows Are Defamation-Free Zones–OANN v. Maddow

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

This lawsuit involves the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Based on a story from the Daily Beast , Maddow ran a segment claiming that an OANN employee was on the Kremlin’s payroll, concluding that OANN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.”

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.

Call for Applications: Research Assistants – IPR Chair at NALSAR, Hyderabad [Apply by August 25]

SpicyIP

We’re pleased to inform you that NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad is inviting applications for two research assistants for the IPR Chair Project. The deadline for applications is August 25, 2021.

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.

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

Hugh Stephens Blog

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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

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].

Stakeholders Should Not Miss Congress’s Invitation For Feedback On Patent Eligibility

Intellectual Property Law Blog

This post originally appeared as an article (“Stakeholders Should Not Miss Congress’s Invitation for Feedback on Patent Eligibility”) on Law.com on October 7, 2021.

Trademark: Uggs are generic in Australia, Can I import them without a license from UGG®?

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. In Australia, the term “ugg boots” refers to a general style of sheepskin shoe with the fleece turned in for warmth. It is a generic term, and not a trademark – in Australia.

Domain name solicitation fraud – brand owners beware

JD Supra Law

Overview - It is a modern reality that with brand ownership comes the risk of trademark and domain name fraud. In this area, there has recently been a rise in email scams targeting brand owners by falsely claiming that domain name rights are in jeopardy.

ROM & Emulation Site Pleasuredome Shuts Down After 15 Years of Gaming

TorrentFreak

Sometime in 2004, a new site appeared hoping to provide a better service to fans of the growing video emulation scene.

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.

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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Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on IPR: Tipping the Scales of Patent Law? Part I

SpicyIP

Image with the text ‘open the gate’ (Image from here ). As is well known now, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce tabled its Report on the IPR regime in India last week. In about 150 pages the Report suggests a major reevaluation of the IP framework in the country.

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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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

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!

NFT License Breakdown: Exploring Different Marketplaces and Associated License Issues

Intellectual Property Law Blog

At least three different types of marketplaces facilitate the sale and/or resale of NFTs. These include open marketplaces, curated marketplaces and proprietary marketplaces. Other variations do exist, however, and it is likely that other alternatives will be developed.

What is Your Preferred Method for Attacking Functional Claims?

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. VoIP-Pal.com, Inc. Apple, Inc. , 20-1809 (Supreme Court 2021). VoIP-Pal sued Apple for infringing its U.S. Patent Nos. 9,537,762; 9,813,330; 9,826,002; and 9,948,549. Apple filed four petitions for for inter partes review, but all four were denied by the PTAB.

Artificial Intelligence as the Inventor of Life Sciences Patents?

JD Supra Law

The question whether an artificial intelligence (“AI”) system can be named as an inventor in a patent application has obvious implications for the life science community, where AI’s presence is now well established and growing.

Iconic “Piracy Is a Crime” Domain Now Redirects to IT-Crowd Parody

TorrentFreak

Over the past decades, the entertainment industries have tried out numerous anti-piracy PSAs. One of the most iconic videos is without doubt the “You Wouldn’t Steal a Car” campaign, which has proven to be a fertile breeding ground for memes and satire.

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The SHOP SAFE Act Is a Terrible Bill That Will Eliminate Online Marketplaces

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

[Note: this blog post covers Rep. Nadler’s manager’s amendment for the SHOP SAFE Act , which I think will be the basis of a committee markup hearing tomorrow.

Same Old Spin: Why Access Copyright Needs a Reality Check on Canadian Copyright

Michael Geist

Last week’s Supreme Court of Canada copyright decision in Access Copyright v. York University has unsurprisingly been applauded by the education community, which having faced years of litigation launched by the copyright collective, now finds its position vindicated.

Announcing the Winners of the 2nd Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on IP Law!

SpicyIP

A photograph of Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer.

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.

Supreme Court of Canada Decision Undermines Canada’s Collective Licensing System: A Parliamentary Fix is Needed

Hugh Stephens Blog

How Can Museums Copyright the Works of Old Masters?

Art Law Journal

Steve Schlackman. If an artwork is in the public domain, free from copyright protection, then how can a museum claim it holds the copyright? Intellectual Property copyright Public Domain

Trademark registration: a boost to any brand’s immune system

Erik K Pelton

The following is a transcript of my video Vaccinate Your Brand with Trademark Registration. As I record this episode, I’m in between my first and second dose of getting the Pfizer vaccine. I actually heard a friend of mine yesterday refer to it as half-cinated.

Patent Protection on AI Inventions

Intellectual Property Law Blog

In recent years, AI patent activity has exponentially increased. The figure below shows the volume of public AI patent applications categorized by AI component in the U.S. from 1990-2018. The eight AI components in FIG. 1 are defined in an article published in 2020 by the USPTO.