U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin says Google Can Scan Author’s Books

Late last month, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin, dismissed a lawsuit brought by authors against internet giant Google for digitally copying millions upon millions of books for an online repository/library without the author’s permission.  Judge Chin reasoned that Google’s digitizatio...
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Serial Cybsersquatting – A big victory for Pinterest

Pinterest, an online consumer social site which allows its users to gather images and other content and curate that content into collections called “pinboards,” won a major court battle, which included a $7.2 million judgment, against  a Chinese cybersquatter Qian Jin.  Qian Jin purcha...
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Nike Obtains Court Order Preventing Reebok From Selling Tebow-Related Products

Nike successfully obtained a temporary restraining order barring Reebok from selling apparel with Tim Tebow’s name on it, following the Jets’ acquisition of Tebow in March.  Nike is set to replace Reebok, a subsidiary of Adidas AG, as the official supplier of NFL uniforms on April 1. Reebok was...
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Co-founder of Megaupload arrested for copyright infringement and money laundering

Kim Dotcom, computer programmer and co-founder of Megaupload, was arrested for charges of copyright infringement and money laundering. Dotcom – born Kim Schmitz in Germany but a legal resident of both Finland and New Zealand – became notorious for his abilities as a computer hacker and has been ...
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General Patent Corporation Sues Wi-Lan in the Wake of a Failed Acquisition

New York patent firm General Patent Corporation (“GPC”) is suing the Canadian Ottawa-based patent and licensing company Wi-Lan for fraud and misappropriation of confidential information. The claims allege that Wi-Lan faked an interest in acquiring GPC in order to gain access to its private trade...
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Google Makes Peace with France and Now Looks to the U.S. for More E-Book Deals

It appears that France and Google have a relationship that’s “on the rocks.”  Yet somehow, France has become the first and only country thus far to agree to a book deal with the online monster. Google’s book project, which seeks to digitize books that are out of print, has al...
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Final Judgment Rendered in Multi-million Dollar Copyright Infringement Dispute Over Bratz Dolls.

A final judgment was recently issued in a long-running copyright infringement lawsuit between toy-makers MGA Entertainment, Inc. and Mattel Inc. involving MGA’s “Bratz” line of dolls.  A federal judge in California denied a request by Mattel Inc. to set aside a multi-million dollar judgment t...
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Delta Sigma Theta Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Goes On…

Judge Beryl A. Howell bought LaMith Designs, Inc., a clothing company accused of trademark infringement by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority a little more time to defend itself. Plaintiff Delta is a well-recognized sorority founded on January 13, 1913 at Howard University in Washington D.C. currently boast...
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Settlement of lawsuit provides DISH and EchoStar rights to use TiVo patents for video recording

Dish Network Corp and partner EchoStar Corp agreed to settle its ongoing litigation with TiVo for $500 million, which includes an immediate payment of $300 million, pursuant to a settlement agreement that dismisses the ongoing litigation between the parties.   The settlement agreement provides DIS...
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Copyright: $100 million lawsuit against Oprah dismissed

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that Orpah Winfrey did not violate copyright laws when she mentioned a historical fact on her show.  The Court held that the plaintiff, Charles Harris, had no copyrighted information to infringe in his booklet titled “How America Elects Her Preside...
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