STLR Link Roundup – February 17, 2012

As the Library of Congress commences its triennial consideration of rulemaking updates to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed harsh responses to third-party requests for the express exemption of DVD ripping. The rule allowing for consumer jailbreaking of iPhones, adopted originally in 2010, is also up for reconsideration in the same proceedings.

Apple’s legal battle with Samsung over mobile device patents has expanded to comprise 8 patents and 17 products in total. A new chapter in the dispute began with Apple’s filing of a motion for preliminary injunction against Samsung in the Northern District of California, on the basis of two recently issued patents. Apple also seeks to sue Kodak for its alleged infringement of Apple patents in digital imaging technologies.

The Pirate Bay, after switching its domain name from “.org” to “.se” two weeks ago, has further decided to adopt a magnet-linking system that does away with its hosting of actual torrent files. These changes help The Pirate Bay to dodge legal liabilities surrounding copyright infringement by moving the site’s host out of U.S. jurisdiction and further decentralizing its file distribution network.

Thousands have taken to the streets across Europe in protest of ACTA, the multi-national Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The protests, along with other means of opposition, have been successful in delaying ratification by a number of its signatories, including Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands.

Ariad Pharmaceuticals, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been granted its patent on an investigational compound that the company intends to further develop as a treatment for certain types of leukemia. The compound, dubbed Ponatinib, works by inhibiting the activities of specific enzymes found in patients afflicted by the disease.

The FTC, under pressure from various groups, has commenced an inquiry into Google’s new privacy policy and terms. Google argues that the new policy adheres to the consent order it signed following last year’s suit over the now-defunct Buzz, but others would beg to differ.

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