Archives for: ‘Technology, media, entertainment & telecommincations’

Twitter impersonation…an IP Whiteboard investigation

The recent impersonation of Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman on Twitter, is a timely reminder of the substantial scope that exists for people to be impersonated online.  Internet sites such as Twitter and Facebook lend themselves to such impersonations due to the lack of requirements for authentication of identity when registering accounts on these sites.  Twitter impersonation has become increasingly widespread, with other politician

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Suffering for your cover art

Dido, the British chanteuse best known for singing about cold tea on an Eminem track back in 2000, has been sued by former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless – the first astronaut to make an untied or untethered free flight in space – for using his 1984 space flight picture for the cover of her 2008 album “Safe Trip Home”.

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The mobile patent battleground in boxes and arrows

For those that, like me, like to see things in boxes and arrows, the Guardian Technology Blog has put together a fantastic diagram that summarises the various patent infringement claims that the big players in mobile technology are making against each other.

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Music downloads not public performances

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a district court finding that a download of a musical work does not constitute a public performance of that work, and consequently copyright owners should not be additionally and separately compensated for downloads of their music.  The full decision, United States v American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Et al can be found Read More

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You say potato, I say perpetual, irrevocable and transferable licence

There has been a fair bit of recent comment in the blogosphere about  Vernor v Autodesk, a case decided by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in September (the 9th Circuit covers California and Washington State, which means that it often deals with technology-related cases).  Keen students of IP law in Australia would already have a fondness for Autodesk, given that it was Autodesk’s software that led to the High Court of Australia considering intellectual property r

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Digital downloads not “goods”

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has confirmed that the supply of software through a digital download fulfilment mechanism is not a supply of “goods” for the purposes of the sale of goods legislation.  The result, which had been anticipated by commentators and practitioners for many years, may lead to legislative reform.

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Willy the Wizard v J K Rowling: Your exclusive IP Whiteboard analysis

Many of our readers will recall that our intrepid IP Whiteboard team recently purchased Willy the Wizard: No 1 Livid Land.  The book is the centrepiece of another copyright action which J K Rowling must defend.

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