• Disney withdraws bid to trademark “Dia de los Muertos” in connection with an upcoming movie. It’s uncertain whether it could have succeeded in trademarking the phrase, but it probably could have trademarked a stylized logo incorporating it.
  • Federal law enforcement agencies propose sweeping real-time wiretap overhaul. Several leading information security experts criticize the plan, saying that it would have the unintended side effect of creating security vulnerabilities in critical systems and questioning its value by saying it could be easily circumvented.
  • Warner Bros. successfully defends itself against “reverse confusion” trademark claim involving fictional software in The Dark Knight Rises. The movie referred to (fictional) “clean slate” software which could erase criminal history worldwide, while the plaintiff company sells real browser-history erasure software under the name Clean Slate.
  • Aereo files for summary judgment in its case, arguing that “renting” out a miniature digital TV antenna so that paying subscribers can watch digital, free, over-the-air TV over the Internet does not violate broadcasters’ reproduction or public performance rights as a matter of law. Aereo’s case was previously discussed here.

–Brad Edmondson

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