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Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Thuy Nguyen

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Anonymous affiliated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release. Hammon was sentenced under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for hacking Texas-based private intelligence firm, Strategic Forecasting. During his supervised release period, Hammond is proscribed from using computer anonymity devices, such as Tor.

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Posted On Nov - 26 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Court Punts Apple v. Samsung Back to Judge Koh, Citing Overly Restrictive Causal Nexus Standard

Apple Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co.
By Amy Zhang – Edited by Elise Young

On November 18th, the Federal Circuit ruled on the Northern District Court of California’s decision, which denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction. It affirmed the finding that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s design patents but vacated the denial of injunctive relief for utility patents. The decision turns on the the causal nexus between ongoing infringement and irreparable harm.

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Posted On Nov - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Rita Resende Soares

Federal Circuit Renews Apple’s Hope For Injunction Against Samsung

Google And Microsoft Strengthen Their Commitment Against Child Abuse

Supreme Court Rejects Petition To Halt NSA Surveillance Of Domestic Telephone Calls

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Posted On Nov - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So-Called Sample Troll Sues Jay Z, Alleging “Run This Town” Infringes Copyright
By Emma Winer – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

TufAmerica, Inc. v. WB Music Corp.

TufAmerica filed a complaint accusing Jay Z of infringing the company’s copyright in the song “Hook & Sling Part 1.” According to the complaint, Jay Z allegedly used a “sample” of “Hook and Sling Part 1” in his hit song “Run This Town” without proper authorization. TufAmerica has filed a number of similar lawsuits against artists such as the Beastie Boys and Kanye West for sampling songs from catalogs that the company had purchased.

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Posted On Nov - 20 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

U.K. High Court finds that Zynga’s Scramble does not infringe on Mattel’s trademarked Scrabble
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Jennifer Wong

J.W. Spear & Sons v. Zynga Inc.

The England and Wales High Court of Justice, Chancery Division held that infringement of Scrabble’s trademarked name did not occur when Zynga titled its games “Scramble” and “Scramble with Friends.” It also held that the word “Scramble” was used to refer to games of that type and therefore did not infringe on Mattel’s trademark of that word. However, the court also expressed concern that the “Scramble” logo created a likelihood of confusion because of its design.

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Posted On Nov - 13 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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