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The next wave of domain-name barbarians is gathering outside the gates. Here’s what you need to do now to keep your trademarks, and your e-commerce, safe.
Almost every business has had to deal with cybersquatters –...more
Google has been successful in the latest round of an eight-year copyright dispute with the US Authors Guild in relation to Google’s decision to scan more than 20 million books from libraries and make them available on the...more
The Italian Government has just approved a law decree that apparently will introduce copyright-related measures aimed at sorting disputes relating to the usage of news contents by search engines and news aggregators....more
Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more
SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Workshop on Native Advertising – The “Blurred Lines” Remain Fuzzy -
The increased prevalence of online native advertising – commercial content designed with the look and feel of editorial comment –...more
‘Tis the Season for billboard ads like this, sorry Nancy.
Anyway, it reminded me of a very early post of mine on touch trademarks, here on DuetsBlog.
That early blog post noted Diageo’s federally-registered...more
After a long consultation process, the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) published the long awaited regulations on the protection of copyright on the Internet and media, which among other things provide for a notice...more
Herb Reed Enters., LLC v. Fla. Entertainment Mgmt., USCA, Ninth Circuit, December 2, 2013 -
Ninth Circuit reverses district court’s ruling that enjoined entertainment company from using “The Platters” mark for vocal...more
The time is upon us. After years of anticipation, lobbying for delays and more robust trademark protections, and otherwise steeling themselves against the oncoming tide of new, generic top-level domain names (gTLDs), brand...more
On 6 December 2013, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an appeal by Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post) and upheld the primary judge's decision that "DIGITAL POST AUSTRALIA" is not...more
In This Issue:
- PAGING MR. CHARBUCKS:
Someone once said that the American legal system guarantees every corporation its decade in court. That came true with a vengeance for two corporations whose 12-year-long...more
On December 4, 2013, in Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) v. GoDaddy.com, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) does not provide a...more
Website domain names as we know them will look dramatically different now that the menu of Internet domain name suffixes is expanding. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently released the...more
On December 6, 2013, ICANN posted for public comment a proposal requested by the Brand Registry Group to incorporate a new Specification 13 to the new gTLD Registry Agreement, which would be available to a registry operator...more
A recent opinion from the Western District of Virginia sets forth a useful framework for analyzing a variety of Lanham Act claims based on false commercial speech uttered in social media....more
ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has approved the first wave of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) for release. The introduction of new gTLDs triggers a mandatory 30-day "Sunrise Period" to...more
Viacom Executive’s Name Not Protected as Trademark Under Web Domain Rules. On September 6, 2013, a World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) arbitrator denied Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman’s claim for...more
My iPhone captured this Salvation Army ad posted on a Minneapolis bus that I was following this morning in snowy and very slow traffic.
Given how prominently the Red Kettle has become in Salvation Army advertisements,...more
Trademark owners frustrated by cybersquatting will not be able to sue third-party service providers for contributory infringement, according to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit....more
It is rare for a case to combine energy drinks, copyright law, DJs, rap and snowboarding in Canada. The court’s decision in Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Co. is such a case....more
A federal jury in New York has found Agence France-Presse and Getty Images Inc. willful in their infringement of Daniel Morel’s copyrights in eight photographs of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and ordered them to pay damages of...more
This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that there is no cause of action for contributory cybersquatting under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA"), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d). See...more
CASES TO WATCH -
Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Copyright: Status: cert. granted
Issue: Is the equitable defense of laches available in a copyright claim filed within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more
FTC Settles With Mobile Crammers -
In the Federal Trade Commission’s first lawsuit over mobile cramming, Wise Media and two individual defendants agreed to a permanent ban on placing unauthorized charges on telephone...more
Can a product which imitates the look and feel of another product, but does not use the trademarked brand name, still be considered a “counterfeit” product under United States law? Owners of popular brands (like Louis Vuitton...more