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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 8 Issue: 3

A World Intellectual Property Organization panellist finds that although a 'gripe' website's address is confusingly similar to that of a trademark owner, the complainant failed to establish that the respondent had no legitimate interest in the name. / read more

A Dutch district court prohibits Buma from issuing pan-European licences for online use of the repertoire of the Performing Right Society, despite a Commission decision that performing societies could not restrict licensees to domestic territories / read more

The US Court of Appeals found McGills guilty of trademark infringement despite its defence that its covert use of Venture's trademarks could not have confused the customer, due to McGills admission that it intended to profit from use of the marks / read more

A US District Judge determines that a 'Harry Potter' reference guide infringed 'Harry Potter' copyrights, rejecting a fair use defence due to a lack of quality and consistency. / read more

In a decision that proceedings brought by Smith should continue to be stayed as a result of his earlier non-payment of costs, the High Court also provided guidance on defamation in net chat rooms / read more

A US judge accepted user-generated content site Veoh's application for safe harbor protection from a copyright infringement action brought by Io Group, due to the attention Veoh paid to the safe harbor requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. / read more

The UK Court of Appeal upholds the High Court's decision that the Intellectual Property Office was wrong to exclude Symbian's patent application on the grounds that it met the definition of a computer program under the Patents Act 1977. / read more

The Utah Supreme Court rules that pop-up ads that appear in a separate window on a competitor's website do not constitute unfair competition or tortious interference under Utah law. / read more

The US Court of Appeals holds that a remote digital video recorder storage system, which writes television programme data to a remote drive, does not infringe copyright owners' rights of reproduction and public performance. / read more

The US government has filed a criminal complaint with a US District Court designed to prosecute Mr. Cogill for pre-release piracy. Whether or not the case proceeds to full trial will have important implications for pre-release pirates / read more

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