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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

ACLU Sues DOJ Over FISA Surveillance Evidence
By Amy Zhang – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

ACLU v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice

The ACLU filed a complaint against the United States Department of Justice seeking immediate processing and release of DOJ records that the ACLU had requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act earlier this year. The requested information relates to the use of evidence derived from surveillance authorized under the FISA Amendments Act. The ACLU also seeks a fee waiver on the grounds that disclosure of the requested records is in the public interest.

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Posted On Oct - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Denies Nokia Relief from ITC Import Ban
By James Grace – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

Interdigital Commc’ns, LLC v. Int’l Trade Comm’n

The Supreme Court denied Nokia’s petition for a writ of certiorari, upholding the Federal Circuit’s finding that Nokia had violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing into the U.S. cell phones that violated two U.S. patents owned by InterDigital. In denying the petition without comment, the Supreme Court did not address whether “licensing alone” could satisfy the “domestic industry” requirement of Section 337.

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

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Attempts to Track Tor Users
By Travis West – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

The National Security Agency (“NSA”) has developed techniques to circumvent Internet anonymity offered by the Tor network. The Tor service anonymizes users’ Internet traffic by routing requests to websites through multiple servers, making it extremely difficult to track. While the NSA can track some Tor users, the agency has been unable to crack the underlying technology, relying instead on browser exploits and its direct access to the Internet backbone to intercept website requests.

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Posted On Oct - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Facebook to Face Jury Trial over “Timeline” Trademark

Timelines, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc.
By Ashish Bakshi – Edited by Dorothy Du

Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”) lost its bid for a quick end to a trademark infringement suit filed by Timelines, Inc. (“Timelines”) over the social networking giant’s use of the term “timeline.” The court held that Facebook failed to show as a matter of law that Timelines’ trademark for “timeline” was generic or merely descriptive or, if the trademark were valid, that  Facebook’s use of the term constituted fair use. A jury trial will commence on April 22.

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Posted On Apr - 16 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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