Good Deed for the Day: Helping Old Producers Cross Agents

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Originally posted 2009-09-21 22:24:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIn far-off Hong Kong, the Motion Picture Association has created a Boy Scout merit badge on copyright [original link lost, sorry — RDC]: Boy Scouts in Hong Kong now can earn merit badges for learning about the wonders of copyright law–at least the version described by the Motion Picture Association . . . It’s not unprecedented for one industry to create a merit badge. The Boy Scouts currently offers a long…

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The AP reports that Apple has responded to a new book about Steve Jobs entitled iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by yanking all the books by the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, off the shelves of its Apple stores. MacWorld confirms the story and adds good detail: “I was told late last week that Wiley had been talking to Apple for a while,” [author Jeffrey] Young told MacCentral.... Read more

The Matrix Downloaded

Originally posted 2014-03-14 10:40:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterData security and privacy are not big topical interests of mine. Anything Europeans are obsessive about can’t be all that important. Throw in the ACLU, that predictable bizarro-world weathervane of right and wrong, and I’m usually pretty sure “what to think.” But part of this story about the announcement that LexisNexis databases were compromised far more than had been previously believed caught my eye. It was this:... Read more

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Common Law Copyright Makes it On Broadway

The online New York Law Journal (registration with a credit card for at least a free trial required) reports as follows: ALBANY: In an unprecedented expansion of common law copyright protections, the Court of Appeals [New York’s highest state court] yesterday said recording artists are shielded in perpetuity under New York standards even when their foreign copyrights have long since expired. Attorneys predicted the 7-0 ruling in Capitol Records v. Naxos of America, [Inc.], would... Read more

Death of an Icon

A story from the L.A. Times / Washington Post syndicate, evidently sent to press before the Pope’s death, told of the increase in sales of John Paul II-related merchandise. This includes perfectly reasonable and understandable things such as the Pope’s own book, Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way (forgive me, but it reminds me of a different book by a very different man) and rather silly things like the pineapple in red lemongrass soup... Read more

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Translate This

Just had a bizarre experience while doing routine tracking of where readers of the blog come from. The most recent referrer was from an automated Google translation page — translating the first screen of Likelihood of Confusion into Gallic. I knew Google would get me back, sooner or later. And me, a shareholder! It is a weird experience seeing Probabilité de confusion par Ron Coleman looking as if I actually wrote it in Frankish. Of course, I... Read more

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Trademark Law: The Dismal Science

The Tata Group put out this press release about a trademark decision that some people seem to think is funny. It is evidently connected with this WIPO decision. Likelihood of Confusion doesn’t get it. No one said trademarks were supposed be fun, much less funny. Much less bodacious. Hat tip to John Berryhill via the INTA List. Apparently he gets it. Read more

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"If I’m a new inventor, I’m going to get sued right away."

Surprisingly, it was Antonin the Great who said that, according to an AP Report on today’s Grokster action. And in this regard he and I are in disagreement. I think it’s an argument reductio ad absurdum. On the other side: Justice Kennedy quoted as saying that using profits from trafficking in stolen property to help finance a young technology business “seems wrong to me.” Round up on the Induce Act Blog. Read more

Q the Lawyers

A report in the online Financial Express says that Nissan is suing Audi over “Q.” To wit: “We are seeking to bar Audi from using any names that could infringe on Nissan’s right over the letter ‘Q’,” she added. Quazy. It’s been ten years since the Supreme Court said that if you establish secondary meaning, you can have trademark rights in a certain color. But I guess when you can’t win back your own name... Read more

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Google, Google, Gone!

Gevald. It’s all Google, all the time here! Via Instapundit — now this! Google’s secretive and politically — well, incorrect, actually — news and ad techniques are getting the back of the hand from bloggers! Great buying opportunity, people! Read more