Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jury Awards Apple $1.05 Billion in Cell Phone Patent Infringement Fight Against Samsung

Apple won big and Samsung lost big in an Aug. 24 jury verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co…

SPECIAL REPORT: Does Aereo’s Streaming of Live Broadcast Television Violate Broadcasters’ Public Performance Rights Under the Copyright Act?

On March 14, Aereo Inc. launched a service in the New York metropolitan area that allows subscribers, for $12 a month, to stream live broadcast television online through a standard web browser or internet-enabled device, such as an iPhone or iPad, and to store up to 40 hours of programming for later viewing.

Commerce Department Report Links IP-Intensive Industries to U.S. Job, GDP Growth

The U.S. Department of Commerce unveiled a new report, Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus, on the importance of IP to job and economic growth in America, at a White House ceremony April 11.

Introduction of House Online Piracy Legislation Sets Off Storm of Controversy

Within minutes of the announcement of the introduction on Oct. 26 of the Stop Online Piracy Act, there was a flurry of statements from supporters and, particularly, from detractors denouncing the legislation…

Second Circuit Joins Ninth: No First Sale Defense for Foreign-Made Copyright Works

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Ninth Circuit in holding Aug. 15 that an importer of a copyrighted work manufactured overseas for resale in the United States cannot use the first sale doctrine as a defense to infringement…

Government Brief in Copyright Restoration Case Argues Statute Is Constitutional

A statute granting copyright protection to certain foreign works that were previously in the public domain does not exceed Congress’s power under the U.S. Constitution’s copyright clause…

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill To Make Online Streaming A Felony

By a voice vote June 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Commercial Felony Streaming Act (S. 978), which would make it a felony to stream copyrighted works without authorization…

‘Protect IP Act’ Would Give Department Of Justice, Rights Holders New Tools To Curb Rogue Websites

The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or Protect IP Act (S. 968) will provide the Justice Department and rights holders with important new tools to crack down on rogue websites dedicated to infringing activities and will protect American companies’ investments in developing brands and consumers, Leahy said on the Senate floor the day of the bill’s introduction…

BNA INSIGHTS: Understanding USTR’s 2011 Special 301 Report: A Guide for International Copyright Practice

The author reviews the details and implications of the U.S. Trade Representative’s recent Special 301 Report on IP protection and enforcement abroad…

BNA INSIGHTS: Restricting Distribution of Copyrighted Works: A Ninth Circuit Hat Trick

Marketplaces such as eBay, vintage bookstores, and GameStop flourish at least partly through resale of secondhand copies of copyrighted works…

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