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By Michelle Berger Congressional Bills: Heading Down the Series of Tubes Near You? On October 2, The Washington Post reported that the recent proposed health care legislation has re-sparked debate over openness and online information availability in Congress.  A group of 180 members of Congress have signed a petition to require that all bills be placed online for at least 72 hours before voting.  Advocates say this would allow greater government transparency and give legislators time to actually read the ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 8 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sharona Hakimi EU Court Advisor Supports Google Keyword Searches in Trademark Suit On September 22, Reuters reported that an advocate general to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, stated that Google did not infringe trademark rights of luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Google sells keywords that use the company’s trademarks, but Advocate General Poiares Maduro concluded that trademark protections do not extend to search advertising keywords because they are not considered a product sold to ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 5 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Andrew Jacobs ISPs Found Liable for Websites’ Trademark and Copyright Infringement Computerworld and Ars Technica report that on August 28, a federal jury handed down a $32.4 million judgment against two ISPs that hosted websites selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton products. Louis Vuitton successfully argued on a theory of contributory infringement, overcoming the ISPs’ claims of immunity under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “safe harbor” provisions. Evidence that the ISPs had received and failed to respond to notices of the ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 13 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Ian B. Brooks Paris Hilton Obtains Small Victory in Ninth Circuit WSJ Blogs reports that the Ninth Circuit gave Paris Hilton the green light on August 31 to proceed in her lawsuit against Hallmark for its use of her image and the phrase “That’s Hot” in a birthday greeting card. The court made note of the similarities between the card and Hilton’s appearance on the television show “The Simple Life.” In support of Hilton, the court stated that she ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 4 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Evan Kubota Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon Join Opposition to Google Settlement The New York Times reports that Microsoft, Yahoo, and Amazon have joined library associations, nonprofits, and individuals in opposing the Google Books settlement in The Authors Guild v. Google. The settlement, which would allow Google to provide digital versions of millions of books, still requires court approval and remains the subject of a Department of Justice antitrust investigation. The opposition group, tentatively called the Open Book Alliance, will argue ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 21 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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