From the monthly archives: June 2013

Great Googley moogley!  Google and other big firms that operate under the glare of the European Commission competition spotlight may now have many, many more individual spotlights upon them, heating up the stakes for potential antitrust abuses.  On June 11, 2013, the European Commission proposed a Continue Reading

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the National Security Agency’s collection and monitoring of billions  of Americans’ phone records and internet activity from nine of the largest US internet service providers in attempts to root out terrorism.  Ever since the story was reported in The Guardian, the program has been met with outrage from legislators [...]

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Behind the Lines Productions, in an attempt to feed off of the wildly successful “Twilight” movie franchise, created a parody film, “Twiharder.” The brooding Edward Cullen is now Bedford Mullen, while Bella Swan becomes Stella Pond. The trailer, which can be viewed here, highlights the movie’s attempts to poke fun at Kristen Stewart’s [...]

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A little over a month ago, Judge James L. Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington published his 207-page FRAND rate-setting decision in Microsoft v. Motorola.

FRAND, which standards for “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory” is a term that comes up in the context of [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 10, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Federal judge rules that Google must comply with National Security Letters Motorola demos password tokens you can swallow–and others you can have tattooed into your skin New Zealand police must give copies of most of the files seized in the MegaUpload case to Kim Dotcom (if they are irrelevant [...]

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Disclaimer: I am not from New York.  I like New York.  I do not ♥ New York.

Walk down many streets in Manhattan filled with tourists and you are bound to see numerous tables chockfull of t-shirts and other items emblazoned with the phrase “I ♥ NY.”  While this phrase gained prominence and [...]

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Vermont Takes on Patent Trolling

On June 6, 2013 By Emma Stephens

Vermont’s legislature recently amended its consumer fraud statute with a new law aiming to prevent bad faith assertions of patent infringement against individuals or entities based in Vermont.  The new law is awaiting the governor’s signature.  Vermont’s law is the first of its kind, though there have been federal efforts to [...]

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Does Oprah “Own Your Power?”

On June 5, 2013 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Surprisingly, there may be more than one person trying to make sure you Own Your Power. Forgetting for the moment what those words may mean or how some may go about owning their power, the Second Circuit has revived the debate over who owns the right to exploit those words–for the time [...]

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Aereo Plans Aggressive Expansion

On June 4, 2013 By Brooke McLeod

 

Invigorated by its win in April, Aereo has filed for summary judgment in the case that examines the legality of its services in addition to filing suit against broadcasters that have been trying to halt its growth outside of the New York market.

Aereo is a technology company, currently limited to the New [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 3, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Oprah Winfrey must once again defend her use of “Own Your Power.” JETLaw contributor and Senior Publications Editor Jonathan Hoffman analyzes the case here (forthcoming). Team Antitrust and Team IP duke it out: the makers of a Twilight parody film allege anticompetitive conduct against Lionsgate Google wins yet another [...]

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