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UK anti-piracy campaign set for launch

In an effort to combat digital piracy, the film and music industries have reached an agreement with the UK’s leading ISPs to launch the ‘Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme’ next year. The programme will send up to four...more

Academic Advertising Seeks to Protect “Community College Jobs” as Trademark

On April 15, 2014, Academic Advertising, LLC (“Academic”), a Georgia based limited liability company, brought suit against Jobelephant.com, Inc., and Michael Ang (“Jobelephant”), of San Diego, California, for trademark...more

World IP Day “Movie – A Global Passion” / Tackling online piracy

As part of the series of posts dedicated to movies and intellectual property for celebrating the upcoming World IP Day, we blogged about the recent Sky-SIAE case on fair compensation for authors of movies who have assigned...more

The Umpire Strikes Back: European Court Rules That ISPs Can Be Forced to Block Pirate Websites

On March 27, 2014, the highest court in the European Union—the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU)—decided that copyright owners have the right to seek injunctions against Internet service providers (ISPs)...more

Guilt by Geolocation? Bulk SMS Intimidation of Protesters in Ukraine

Reports that the Ukrainian government may be tracking the movements of anti-government protesters using their cellphones raises a number of difficult questions for telecommunications providers operating in that country....more

Hernandez Gets Boo-urned In Federal Court – Statutory Damages For Copyright Infringement

As my colleague Monique Ashamalla pointed out over at our sister blog, IP Advocate, the Federal Court of Canada recently handed down a judgment of particular note to content owners: the court awarded $10,000,000 in statutory...more

Yo-Ho-Ho and No Exclusion: Louisiana Federal Court Gives Insurer "No Quarter" and Refuses to Apply Terrorism Exclusion for Act of...

The federal district court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in Johnson v. PPI Technology Services, Inc. (Case No. 11-2773, Rec. Doc. 305 (E.D. La. Dec. 17, 2013)) has scuttled an insurer's attempt to avoid coverage for...more

Greater Protection Against Fake Goods In EU As Of 1 January 2014

Right holders are faced with an ever increasing battle against fake goods. The European Union Anti-Piracy Regulation offers an effective first-line defense against fake goods....more

Spain: Increasing pressure on criminal courts against IP rights infringements

The Criminal Court no. 4 of Castellón (Spain) has recently sentenced a peer-to-peer file sharing webmaster to 18 month imprisonment for a continued offence against IP rights. In addition, the Court has also banned him from...more

Scenarios and Legal Maritime Analysis for C-Retriever Ship Officer Kidnappings [Video]

Noted Admiralty Attorney and Author, Dr. Capt. John A.C. Cartner was interviewed by Maritime TV about possible scenarios for C-Retriever Ship Officer Kidnappings....more

SOPA Didn’t Die. It Just Became Soft SOPA.

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2013

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Capital Thinking: Technology & Communications

Legislative Activity - Senate Commerce Committee Evaluates FCC And FTC Nominees - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on Wednesday, September 18 to consider the...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: Russia Joins the Fight Against Online Piracy

In response to mounting global pressure to implement effective legislation to curb Russia’s rampant online piracy, the President of Russia on July 2, 2013 signed Federal Law No. 187-FZ “On Amendments to Certain Legislative...more

Pirates, or Freedom Fighters on the Electronic Frontier, Copyright Changes for the Digital Age?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced this month that they will be engaging with stakeholders through public comments and roundtables to study a variety of policy issues highlighted in the Department of...more

Google, Yahoo, and Ad Networks Agrees to Set of Best Practices to Combat Online Piracy

The United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel recently blogged about a new effort to combat online piracy of intellectual property. The broad-based effort attempts to leverage the...more

Three Point Shot - Summer 2013

With very special thanks to our summer associates Elizabeth Horan (Case Western), Erica Esposito (Harvard), Joshua Espinosa (NYU), Bryce Johnston (Georgetown), Ryan Harris (NYU), and Alex Rosen (Harvard), the Proskauer Sports...more

High Court confirms that operators of a live sports indexing website infringe FAPL’s copyright

Following high-profile injunctions awarded last year against the major ISPs requiring them to block access to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing sites Newzbin2 and The Pirate Bay, in a new site blocking decision delivered on 16...more

GAO Publishes Study On Counterfeit And Pirated Goods

The Government Accountability Office ("GAO") published the testimony of Chief Economist Susan Offutt prepared for the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on July 9, 2013. The testimony discusses the...more

Maritime Reflections: Pirates [Video]

What is the law around armed guards on ships? How do nations combat pirates? What is a brigand? ....Dr. Cartner reflects on the current laws and morality surrounding combating pirates. As a practicing maritime lawyer, Dr....more

Recent Developments Regarding French Online Piracy Law

If French Internet users have been caught unlawfully sharing and/or downloading copyrighted works on the internet, they will no longer be subject to disconnection/suspension of their Internet access. On July 9, 2013 a French...more

White House and Ad Networks Release Best Practices for Discouraging Piracy and Counterfeiting

The White House's Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and leading ad networks including Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and AOL have created self-regulatory...more

Downloading Into Prosecution

The federal government has been quite aggressive in prosecuting Internet downloaders under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, so aggressive that one downloader, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide in despair....more

Police Unit for Online Piracy Established (United Kingdom)

Lord Younger, in his capacity as Intellectual Property Minster, has announced that a new IP police unit is to be created by September of this year. ...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2013 Special 301 Report

On May 1st, Acting U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Demetrius Marantis issued the 2013 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, the Report "demonstrates U.S. resolve to take strong action to support critical jobs...more

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