Friday, January 30, 2004

Now this *has* to Qualify for Dilution by Tarnishment Reuters is reporting that "Google, Booble Battle Over Trademarks."

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

And a Sigh of Relief is Heard... Law.com reports that "Judge Torpedoes Dead Inventor's Patent Claims."

Monday, January 26, 2004

Time for More Constructive Ways to Address the Legacy of Slavery? The AP is reporting that a federal court has dismissed the slavery reparations case against R.J. Reynolds, Aetna, and others. While I do agree that racial discrimination remains a problem in this country, I've always questioned both the wisdom and the effectiveness of slavery reparations cases, which, like many class actions, promise to enrich a few named plaintiffs and many lawyers, while doing nothing to alleviate the real problems the cases seek to address. (Full disclosure: I worked on a brief seeking dismissal of this case for another defendant at my previous law firm.)
It's a Step in the Right Direction The AP is reporting that "Part of Patriot Act ruled unconstitutional."

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Microsoft Backs Down a Bit C-Net reports on the MikeRoweSoft.com controversy in "Microsoft: We took MikeRoweSoft too seriously."

Monday, January 19, 2004

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Lessig: Provocateur? Lawrence Lessig argues in Wired that Third World countries should give the U.S. a taste of its own medicine in A Taste of Our Own Poison, A modest proposal: Hold Hollywood hostage till we kill farm subsidies."
Coverage of Yesterday's Ninth Circuit Decision Law.com reports that "9th Circuit Refreshes Web Trademark Law." Reuters has this report.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

It's Spreading... C-Net reports that "SCO takes Linux licensing overseas."
Ninth Circuit Reverses in Playboy Case... ... holds that search engines' practice of selling key words may constitute trademark infringement or dilution. Opinion here.
Don't Mess With Zappa Reuters reports that "Zappa Widow Gets Apology in Canada Copyright Case."
Check it Out How Appealing has a link to the audio file of the oral arguments before the en banc Seventh Circuit in Hosty v. Carter.
More Complaints to Congress About Kazaa Reuters reports that "Kazaa Could Filter Copyrighted Music, Critics Say."

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Better Read This If You Submitted A Comment to the ATTB Regarding Malt Beverages C-Net reports that "Treasury breaks word on e-mail anonymity."
I Didn't Know They Were Appealing... C-Net reports that "High court turns deaf ear to Aimster."
Get Your SCO Fix C-Net reports that "SCO, Novell publish Unix disputes."
Will We See Cross-Border Smuggling of iPods? C-Net reports that "Canadian MP3 player tax challenged."
Copy Protected CDs Bad for Industry's Bottom Line? C-Net reports that "Rights issue dogs CD protection."
Reprieve Across the Pond Over? Reuters reports that "UK Music Industry Considers Suing Net Song Swappers."
Porn Industry Now Joining Chorus Against Kazaa Reuters reports "Kazaa Can Block Downloads, But Won't -Porn Firm."
Lord of the Rings in Cyberspace Reuters reports on the recent cybersquatting case in "Lord of the Rings: Return of the Domain Name."
There's a Line to Cross? The BBC online is reporting that "Japanese manga ruled obscene." Reminds me of an unfortunate event where I let my advisees pick the (Japanese anime) movie in college...
Are Viewers Really Clamoring for SNL Clip Shows? Reuters reports that "NBC Sues E! Over 'Saturday Night Live' Clips."

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Looking for a Slice of the Nemo Pie... E!Online is reporting that French author Franck Le Calvez has sued Disney and Pixar, claiming that the hit movie Finding Nemo was copied from his own work Pierrot le Poisson Clown (aka: Pierrot the Clown Fish).
SCO Threatens Unix Users C-Net reports that "SCO opens new front in Linux war."
Internet Law in 2003 C-Net reports on the year in review.
ACLU and CDT in Pennsylvania A Pennsylvania federal court is hearing a challenge brought by the ACLU and the Center for Democracy and Technology to a Pennsylvania state law that they claim has lead ISPs servicing Pennsylvania customers to block nearly 1 million Web sites, many of which featuring legal material. Reuters has this report.