Copyright

  • Nintendo reveals Creators Program which requires all content uploaded to YouTube featuring a Nintendo copyrighted character to be registered and approved by the company. The program provides for splitting revenue between Nintendo and the content creator.
  • An Australian Federal Court has ordered six ISPs to produce information about customers who illegally downloaded Dallas Buyers Club. Dallas Buyers Club LLC used a German pirate hunting firm to track downloads in Australia, which has one of the highest rates of web piracy in the world.

Litigation

  • The Department of Justice and the FBI announce that they will help investigate the shooting of Walter Scott by former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. Charges have been brought against Slager after a video emerged showing him shooting Mr. Scott in the back as Mr. Scott tried to run away.

Patents

  • The US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a patent licensing dispute related to extending the license for a web-shooter toy beyond the expiry date. Prior Supreme Court precedent holds that such post-expiry royalty arrangements are not enforceable.
  • The USPTO issues patent number 9,000,000.
  • A Minnesota Federal Judge holds that US patent law applies on US-flagged ships.
  • Universities and technology companies clash over proposed Innovation Act that would make it more difficult for patent trolls to file a groundless patent infringement lawsuit.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • The US Navy announces that it will open up a new cyber warfare platform to launch counterattacks against US cyber enemies.
  • The North Charleston Police Department announces it will order 250 new body cameras for police officers following the shooting of Walter Scott by former officer Michael Slager.

Sports

  • Jordan Spieth wins the Masters shooting 18-under.
  • The murder trial against former Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez continues today after the jury failed to deliver a verdict last week following a week of deliberations.

Telecommunications

  • A New York judge allows a woman to serve her elusive husband with divorce summons through Facebook.
  • Google backed bitcoin exchange Buttercoin announces plans to shut down due to a lack of funding, which it claims is the result of a recent dip in interest in bitcoin among Silicon Valley investors.
  • Linkedin announces plans to buy online education company lynda.com in a cash-for-stock deal valued at $1.5 billion to increase its hiring business.

Trademark

  • Companies raise concerns over new .sucks internet domain arguing that the $2,500 fee required to a trademarked name on the domain amounts to extortion.

Entertainment

  • Lily Allen strikes out on Twitter against Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal claiming it will push listeners back toward torrents and piracy.
  • HBO announces that it will investigate the unauthorized release of the first four episodes of season five of Game of Thrones to piracy sites before the first episode aired.

 

 

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