Yearly Archive for: ‘2011’

Seasons Greetings… and a break!

Our third anniversary of IP Whiteboard has come round quickly, and fertile discussions about IP only continue to grow.

We are going to take a short break to eat festive turkey, lie on a beach, and think about our forthcoming 2012 posts. 

We do hope that all our readers enjoy the festive season too.  We hope it’s safe and happy, with a big thanks for your support over the last 12 months.  See you soon.

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RIAA isn’t buying ReDigi’s second hand digital music

A new website based in the US called ReDigi launched recently, offering consumers a way to sell their ‘used’ digital music files.  Second hand digital music markets raise some interesting copyright issues, with different implications for jurisdictions across the world.

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UK proposed parody exception: allowing amateur parodies to proliferate on social media

On 14 December, the UK Intellectual Property Office launched a copyright consultation, containing further details of a proposal to introduce a fair dealing exception for parodies, caricature and pastiche. 

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Fair dealing or freeloading? iTunes previews to face the music…

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada heard five copyright cases on appeal from Canada’s Copyright Board (the “Board”).  The cases have far reaching implications for copyright owners and users alike.  The legality of photocopying textbooks for school children and previewing songs on iTunes is at stake, as is the right of copyright owners to receive royalties for music downloaded by consumers as part of video games. 

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Making its Mark: “Occupy Wall Street” Files Trade Mark Application

On 24 October 2011, organisers from the unincorporated association “Occupy Wall Street” filed an application to trade mark their name with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).  The movement is interested in protecting the phrase for merchandise such as bags, clothing, luggage and headwear, in newsletters and periodicals and on a website featuring educational materials related to the Occupy Wall Street movement including photographic, audio, video and prose presentations.

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Cabinet reshuffle includes changes to key IP portfolio

On Monday the Prime Minister announced a cabinet reshuffle which will have some impact on the key IP portfolio, Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (as it is presently known). 
 
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iiNet Update: High Court hears the iiNet copyright “conundrum”

 

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UK phone hacking scandal – the copyright edition

As many of us know, deleting something from a phone, laptop or computer doesn’t mean it is actually “deleted.”  This is because deleting a file (including a text message) is but the first step in permanently removing that file from any electronic device.  It’s why you are readily able to restore your uni paper, Christmas card list, or uber-important work document (phew!) from the Recycle Bin on your desktop. 

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Friedrich Nietzsche and Kate Moss brought into Kanye West copyright dispute

Why do Friedrich Nietzsche, Kanye West and Kate Moss appear together in an intellectual property blog post title?  One is an existentialist philosopher, one a rapper and one a supermodel. 

In 2010, Vincent Peters (aka Vince. P) brought a copyright case against Kanye West, arguing that West’s song Stronger infringes Peters’ song of the same name.  First, Peters argued that West copied the lyrics of his song, Stronger.  The ‘hooks’ from both songs are as follows (with the allegedly ‘copied’ elements in bold): 

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