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Google unveils new copyright plan

At the beginning of this month Google unveiled its new plan to address online copyright infringement. 

Google’s general counsel Kent Walker, announced 4 changes that Google will be implementing over the next months to address copyright infringement.  He stated that:

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Facebook updates Promotion Guidelines

Facebook has recently updated its Promotion Guidelines to remove significant impediments to running promotions via Facebook.  To read more about these changes please click here.

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A little help from their friends: Rosetta Stone has allies in Google AdWords dispute

Rosetta Stone Ltd, an American company that produces language-learning software, has appealed the summary dismissal of its claim against Google Inc. in relation to use of its trade marks as keywords for paid advertisements using Google AdWords (for a refresher on AdWords, see one of our previous posts on this topic).

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Ryanair wins domain name dispute over “ihateryanair.co.uk”

A recent domain dispute involving a website devoted to criticism of the Irish airline, Ryanair, has shown the distinction between a criticism website that legitimately uses a trade mark as part of the website’s domain name and a website that misuses a trade mark for commercial gain.  In this case, the receipt of £322 in advertising revenue generated from the site was sufficient to turn a criticism website into a commercial website.  

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“The tax office is well known but Madonna is famous”

But of course…everyone knows that Madonna is famous but why is it important that she is famous as distinct from being well known?  The answer lies in the Trade Marks Act, specifically section 120(3) which addresses infringement of “well known” trade marks. 

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UK Councillor under fire

A UK Councillor has recently come under fire for posting extracts of the Brighton & Hove City Council meetings on his personal website and on YouTube.  In early 2009, a complaint was received by another Councillor, in relation to the conduct of Cllr Kitcat (yes, that’s his name), in posting 5 extracts from webcasts of Council meetings that took place between 2008 and 2009.  These webcasts had originally been filmed by the Council and placed on the Council’s website,

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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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Employed or not employed…that is the question.

The courts have again been asked to determine a person’s employment status and the scope of their employment for the purposes of a copyright dispute.

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The patented bow tie – false marking back in the spotlight

If you thought bow ties were only for the old fashioned or the eccentric, think again.  A U.S. lawyer, Raymond Stauffer, has brought the bow tie back into fashion in a ‘false-marking’ suit against Brooks Brothers, a well-known clothing company that also manufactures bow ties. 

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