California Court Enjoins Canadian Court’s Global De-listing Order to Google as Contrary to CDA

6 12 2017

In a decision that sets up a potential international comity showdown, a California district court granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in the U.S. of a Canadian court order that compelled Google to globally de-list certain search results of a former distributor that had allegedly used its websites to unlawfully sell the defendant Equustek Solutions’s (“Equustek”) intellectual property. (Google LLC v. Equustek Solutions Inc., 2017 WL 5000834 (N.D. Cal.  Nov. 2, 2017)).

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Kodi: Open source TV app inspires full-blown copyright panic in the UK

31 10 2017

You know a technology’s gone mainstream when the tabloids start yelling about it. This year the Sun, the Mirror, the Express, and the Daily Star have run splashes ranging from “Kodi Crackdown” through “Kodi Killers” to “Kodi TOTAL BAN!”. It’s not that they’ve stumbled on an underground hack scene; the stories have been briefed by copyright owners and law enforcement agencies. So what is Kodi, and why is it such a threat to The Man?

Kodi is an open source media player program that started life as XBMC (Xbox Media Center). Today, running on a variety of devices, it provides a friendly interface to play video and audio content, whether from static files, torrents, or a live stream.

In 2014, Nathan Betzen, a leading figure in XBMC’s community, announced that the software was changing its name to Kodi, a registered trademark. “Users have been fooled into wasting money buying boxes running hacked and typically broken versions of XBMC,” explains Betzen, who’s known online as natethomas. Now at least these couldn’t be sold under the Kodi name.

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Intellectual Property Rights in UK Law

13 03 2017

IP Watchdog

There are several different forms of intellectual property rights available in the United Kingdom, each with its own formality, level of protection, and duration period. It is crucial that any individual who creates a product, or who believes that they would benefit through protecting their intellectual property ensures that they follow the correct procedure… Many individuals will incorrectly assert a claim for copyright infringement. However, copyright infringement is a niche protection right and is only afforded to ‘artistic output’. No formality is required to register this right in the United Kingdom, which is different than U.S. practice.

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European Patent Office grants more patents to US companies than ever before

13 03 2017

The number of patents granted to US companies by the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 46.7% in 2016, the highest increase in ten years, and a new record high. Last year US companies were granted 21,939 patents by the EPO (2015: 14,955).

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Google and Microsoft agree to demote piracy search results in the UK

25 02 2017
Google and Microsoft’s Bing have agreed to crack down on piracy sites in the UK, after years of wrangling with film and music rights holders.

The tech giants have inked a voluntary code of practice with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Motion Picture Association, following a series of talks overseen by the UK’s copyright watchdog and steered by the department for culture, media, and sport.

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