Fourth time lucky? A bill to reform patent law in the US

On Tuesday 25 January 2011, a bill to reform patent law in the US was introduced into Congress with bipartisan support.  The reform bill aims to simplify the patent application process, improve patent quality and keep the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) independently funded.  It marks the fourth consecutive time the Senate has attempted to implement patent reform.

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Subjects: Patents

Never Tear Us Apart: court battles over INXS fortune

Most of us would know Australian rock band INXS for their hits "New Sensation" and "Need You Tonight" from the late ‘80s.  Or the younger readers among us would remember the airing of the reality TV show Rock Star: INXS in 2005, featuring 15 contestants competing for role of lead singer.  Believe it or not, 15 million viewers tuned in to watch Canadian vocalist J.D. Fortune win the title. 

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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...

Subjects: Copyright