Monthly Archives: February 2020

when you buy a business whose mark is the owner’s photo, make sure you get all the rights

Minott v. Wichita Water Conditioning, Inc., No. 18-cv-01656-MSK-SKC, 2020 WL 616359 (D. Colo. Feb. 7, 2020) Minott used to own Fluid, which operated a water conditioning business under the trade name Chuck, The Water Man. Fluid made extensive use of … Continue reading

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DMCA at 22: my notes from the Senate hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee, Intellectual Property Subcommittee, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act at 22: What is it, why was it enacted, and where are we now (archived video; apparently you have to wait 13 minutes before the hearing actually starts, though) … Continue reading

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False advertising of flanges leads to rare recall and some disgorgement

Boltex Manufacturing Co. v. Ulma Piping USA Corp., 2020 WL 598284, No. 4:17-CV-01400 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 7, 2020) Followup on the multimillion-dollar verdict in this false advertising case. A jury found that defendants falsely advertised their carbon steel flanges as … Continue reading

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WIPIP 2020, Day 2 panel 4

Panel 4: Copyright Stephanie Bair, Copyright’s Hidden Costs We’ve used the creativity literature to examine the benefits side of ©, but not necessarily the costs. The benefits of engaging in creative pursuits/having creative skills: being good at problem finding, being … Continue reading

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WIPIP 2020, Day 2 panel 3

Panel 3: Copyright Sarah Polcz, Loyalties v. Royalties: Relational Roots in Joint Authorship Relative reward (a pun!) and joint authorship. Our satisfaction for compensation is not just about absolutes, but about how fair the share is compared to the share … Continue reading

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WIPIP 2020, Santa Clara, day 2 panel 2

Panel: Copyright  Fair Use Jacob Victor, Utility-Expanding Fair Use: New technological developments: utility-enhancing fair use. Project: disaggregate it from other forms of fair use and see why fair use might not be the best mechanism for allowing these technologies to … Continue reading

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WIPIP 2020, Santa Clara, day 2 panel 1

Thanks to Eric Goldman and the rest of Santa Clara’s team for organizing a great WIPIP. I was only able to attend the second day, unfortunately. Copyright Christine Davik, Unregistered Complaints: Only US works (b/c of Berne) are required to … Continue reading

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WIPIP 2020, Santa Clara, day 2 panel 1

Thanks to Eric Goldman and the rest of Santa Clara’s team for organizing a great WIPIP. I was only able to attend the second day, unfortunately. Copyright Christine Davik, Unregistered Complaints: Only US works (b/c of Berne) are required to … Continue reading

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Feb. 11: The Controversial Sale of the .ORG Registry: PIJIP program

Program at AU’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property: Feb. 11, 2020. Register here. from Blogger https://ift.tt/2OyFMgK

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false claims of patent invalidity may be false advertising

Willis Electric Co. v. Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI), 2020 WL 522441, No. 15-cv-3443 (WMW/KMM) (D. Minn. Feb. 3, 2020) The parties compete in the market for artificial Christmas trees. (The parties apparently say “holiday,” but come on.) Willis allegedly innovated … Continue reading

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