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Pepe's Creator Threatens Alt-Right with Lawsuits

Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has made good on his threat to "aggressively enforce his intellectual property." The artist's lawyers have taken legal action against the alt-right. They have served cease and desist orders to several alt-right personalities and websites including Richard Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and the r/the_Donald subreddit. Show More Summary

A Million ‘Pirate’ Boxes Sold in the UK During The Last Two Years

The Federation Against Copyright Theft, in conjunction with the police and Intellectual Property Office, has released a new report on the state of Internet piracy in the UK. Estimates suggest that at least a million set-top devices providing...Show More Summary

Netflix Shut Down a Stranger Things-themed Bar in a Pretty Cool Way

Intellectual property is our society's gold and companies will do everything they can to hold on to it. So when a Stranger Things-themed bar popped up (it was literally a pop up) in Chicago this August, it was only a matter of time before Netflix's army of lawyers stormed the doors with legal mumbo... Read More > Other Links From Stranger Things

Another Craft Beer Brand Gets Bullied To Death Over Shaky Trademark Claims

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The warning bells for the craft beer industry have been sounding for some time now, but the trademark disputes keep on coming. Even as trademark registrations in craft beer grow exponentially and intellectual property attorneys themselves are predicting an explosion in disputes on the horizon, the legal cases and threat letters have begun to grow. Show More Summary

Disney Will Need Over 30 Million Subscribers For Their Streaming Service To Break Even

Without a doubt, a creating one’s streaming service is an expensive enterprise, but if there’s a studio that can make it happen, it’s Disney. In addition to having an ungodly number of resources, they have intellectual property that others can only dream of. In addition to their Disney content, they have Pixar, Marvel, and Star […]

New UK IP Crime Report Reveals Continued Focus on ‘Pirate’ Kodi Boxes

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its new IP Crime Report containing the usual recap of the year's battles in the copyright arena. It also offers some interesting insights from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and Crown Prosecution Service. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Institutional Theft: When Stolen Intellectual Property Is Your Business Model

Anything the brain creates – belongs to the brain that created it. Including the physical work product – of the ideas the brain creates. All of which – is vitally important to our Information Economy. If you can’t profit from your information – you’ll stop creating the information. Show More Summary

PTO Director (Nominee) Andrei Iancu

Andrei Iancu’s nomination to be the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has now been delivered to the Senate.  The nomination will be considered by the Judiciary Committee with likely confirmation this fall. At age 49, Mr. Iancu is Managing Partner at Irell […]

Yes, Stealing Intellectual Property is Stealing

One of the ongoing ridiculous myths that exists on the Left – and, even more maddeningly, with some on the alleged Right – is that stealing intellectual property (IP) is…not stealing. In this warped worldview, entering a Best Buy and stealing a DVD movie – is bad. Show More Summary

Deputy Attorney General Trots Out All Sorts Of Silly Analogies About 'Intellectual Property'

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've always had difficulty understanding why copyright or trademark law should even have "criminal" components to them. It seems fairly obvious that they can be handled easily enough with civil actions, without involving law enforcement. Show More Summary

China vows to step up protection of intellectual property

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's cabinet vowed to step up protection of intellectual property, state radio reported on Wednesday.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gameplay: Ancient Gardens and Intro

Nintendo is super protective of their intellectual property, which is why it was very surprising to see Ubisoft partner with the Big N on a title set in the Mario universe. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was officially announced at E3 2017 after a numerous rumors circulating about an XCOM-like featuring Mario characters. Show More Summary

The United States Begins a Trade Probe Into China

On August 18, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced a trade probe of China's intellectual property practices. According to the Chicago Tribune, the probe is meant to verify complaints that "Beijing improperly...Show More Summary

New Balance wins $1.5 million in trademark case against Chinese copycat company 'New Boom'

3 weeks agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The judgment is a very rare victory for a Western brand in an intellectual property infringement case in China, and the damages are far larger than usually granted by Chinese courts. [ more › ]

China Launches Official Investigation Into US Intellectual Property Practices

By Chris at Last week, China bypassed the World Trade Organisation agreements and using an old law officially launched a probe into Americas intellectual property practices. China's foreign affairs minister,...Show More Summary

Correction: Bracha was Exactly Correct about the Privy Council Exception

by Dennis Crouch In an earlier post, I commented on what I suggested was an error by Professor Oren Bracha post in his SJD Thesis Owning Ideas: A History of Anglo-American Intellectual Property.  On further reflection – Bracha was not wrong, but exactly correct.  Bracha’s work cited a 1904 treatise on English Patent Law as stating that “revocation […]

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit Secures Funding Until 2019

The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has secured additional government funding which will keep it in action until at least 2019. The London-based operation, which has been instrumental in disrupting the activities of dozens...Show More Summary

Permission Culture Kills Off A Bunch Of Fun MLB 'Nickname Jerseys'

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

With the direction of intellectual property rights in America generally being driven down a one-way street towards expansionism, the associated culture of permission has ridden sidecar. Unlike intellectual property rights, however, permission...Show More Summary

10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, ADP, TOT, SRE)

Here is what you need to know: The US fires the first shot in a trade war with China. Late Friday, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer announced an investigation into China's theft of US intellectual property using Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The 10-year threatens a 2-month low. Show More Summary

China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with U.S. intellectual property probe

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Monday expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with the U.S. launch of an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property.

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