Copyright

  • Ford attempts to dismiss a lawsuit against it regarding its use of digital audio recording devices that allow drivers to store personal music collections in cars.
  • A Los Angeles Superior Court judge takes judicial notice of an order in Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., putting RIAA closer to winning its copyright case against SiriusXM over pre-1972 music.
  • Google improves its downranking process in its effort to combat piracy.
  • Led Zeppelin fails to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Rand Craig Wolfe’s heirs alleging the band stole “Stairway to Heaven” from the band, Spirit.
  • A district court judge dismisses a lawsuit filed by two writers against Fox alleging that the network’s New Girl infringes on their own works.

Litigation

  • NBCUniversal agrees to settle a employment lawsuit filed by former interns.
  • Dorian Nakamoto, the engineer that Newsweek claimed was the creator of Bitcoin, starts a fund to raise money to support his attempt to hold Newsweek legally accountable for its damaging article.

Patents

  • A jury finds Sprint infringed three Comcast patents and awards Comcast $7.5 million.
  • President Obama nominates former Google executive Michelle Lee to direct the Patent and Trademark Office.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • Facebook demands that the Drug Enforcement Administration confirm that it has stopped impersonating people on the social media site which the company claims is a violation of its community standards.
  • President Obama signs an executive order to quicken the adoption of EMV cards which use embedded chips to secure credit cards.
  • According to The Intercept, a purportedly leaked classified document suggests that the National Security Agency worked with private companies to weaken encryption products and also infiltrated firms in the US and around the world in order to further its target exploitation strategy.
  • SnapSaved, the developer who’s server was hacked resulting in over 12 gigabytes of Snapchat images and videos being leaked, claims zero personal information was taken from the database.
  • Microsoft patches a zero day vulnerability after attackers targeted several major groups, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • A court in Japan orders Google to remove certain links related to a man’s past, signaling the “right to be forgotten” movement is spreading from Europe to Asia.
  • Another major Secure Sockets Layer flaw, named “POODLE” is discovered, breaking the internet security protocol again.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Southern California send California Public Records Act requests to the LA Police Department and the LA Police Department seeking documents describing the use of Automated License Plate Reader systems.
  • FBI Director James Comey warns that the mobile encryption being implemented and promoted by tech companies may end up stalling investigations and leaving more criminals on the street.

Trademark

  • Converse files separate lawsuits against 31 retailers claiming that their copies of the widely-known Chuck Taylor All Stars infringe Converse’s trademark for the design of the shoe.

Telecommunications

  • Internet TV company Aereo registers an in-house lobbyist as a part of its effort to work with the Federal Communications Commission to expand the definition of “multichannel video programming distributors” to include companies such as itself.
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