Copyright

  • Warner Bros. wins $2.57 million in a lawsuit over the infringement of copyright, trademark, and publicity rights over merchandise associated with The Wizard of Oz.
  • Animator Kelly Wilson sues The Walt Disney Co. for copyright infringement over alleging that the film’s trailer for “Frozen” was substantially similar to the short 2D animated film “The Snowman.
  • The estate of Notorious B.I.G. files a preemptive lawsuit seeking declaratory relief that the song, “The What” does not infringe on Leroy Hutson and Michael Hawkins’s copyright over the song, ”Can’t Say Enough About Mom.
  • A California appeals court orders a lower court to grant NBC Universal summary judgment because the plaintiffs, alleging that the studio stole the idea for the show “Ghost Hunter,” did not bring their claims in a timely fashion.

Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

  • A Microsoft-sponsored study reveals that malware in pirated software will cost businesses nearly $500 billion in 2014.
  • The Rand Corporation releases a report on “Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data.”
  • A New York federal judge dismisses claims against News Corp alleging concealment of information related to illegal news-gathering practices.
  • Lenovo’s deal to purchase IBM’s server unit, also used by the FBI, Pentagon, and US telecommunication companies, triggers strong regulatory scrutiny by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. highlighting concerns that the purchase may provide China some kind of back-door access to the U.S.

Drones

  • The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to neutralize terrorism suspects overseas withstands a lawsuit by the father of a U.S. citizen who was killed in Yemen by a missile strike several years ago.
  • Two members of Congress have introduced a bill that they hope will force the White House to disclose how many people a year are killed by drones.
  • Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduce the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act, which would require the White House to disclose how many people are killed by unmanned aerial vehicles each year.

Entertainment

  • A former director of content acquisition for Netflix files a defamation lawsuit against Netflix and Amazon alleging that Netflix used its leverage as a major Amazon customer to get him fired.

Healthcare

  • Healthcare.gov breaks again on the deadline to sign up for health insurance.

Information Security & Surveillance

  • The American Civil Liberties Union announces that all of the National Security Agency documents detailing surveillance programs released since June are now available in a searchable database.
  • A local Turkish court has rules that Turkey’s nationwide ban of YouTube must be lifted requiring Turkish telecoms authority to reverse the block.

Labor & Employment

  • United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman rules that a former MTV intern demonstrated that he and other unpaid interns may have been victims of policies that violated labor laws, thus pushing forward a proposed class action lawsuit against MTV and Viacom.

Patent

  • The Supreme Court grants Teva’s petition for certiorari in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. to address the standard of review for claim construction.
  • Patent troll Intellectual Ventures looks into possibly selling consumers caffeinated flour.

Telecommunications

  • Google considers operating its own wireless network in areas that already have Google Fiber high-speed internet. 
  • The European Parliament agrees to strong net neutrality laws and an end to roaming fees.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declines to expand the scope of net neutrality to physical internet data infrastructure, effectively denying Netflix’s attempt to escape the tolls it pays to ISPs for the special physical connections necessary to get its content to its customers.
  • The FCC votes to opens up 100 MHz of airwaves in the 5 GHz spectrum, previously reserved for satellite phone companies, for WiFi use, allowing WiFi networks to better handle increasing internet traffic in congested areas.

Trademark

  • Disney informs the U.S. Trademark Office that it is investigating a trademark registration filed by electronic dance music artist Deadmau5.
  • U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan issues an ruling denying the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) the authority to ability to seize unlicensed merchandise near the Superdome during Westlemania.
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office objects to Google’s attempt to trademark “Glass.”

Technology

  • Brendan Eich steps down as the CEO of Mozilla in the wake of backlash to a $1000 donation to support Prop 8.
  • NASA suspends almost all contact with Russian government representatives, citing Russia’s violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues regulations requiring rear visibility cameras in vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.

Brenan Salgado

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