ACTA: Activists Stay Alert in the Aftermath of SOPA

Earlier this century, the entertainment industry attempted to vanquish illegal downloading and the online services that made it possible. Remember the injunctions against Limewire and Napster? The astronomical RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) lawsuits filed against more than 35,000 individuals who downloaded and shared a handful of copyrighted music files? The industry achieved mixed results: the RIAA decided to abandon its suits against individuals, but Limewire is still enjoined from distributing its peer-to-peer file Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 26, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: The working text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has been released. See Wired and The Register coverage of the story, and our post on the draft treaty here. The Federal Circuit rules on patent dispute Applera Corp v. Illumina, Inc. on the basis of Californian employment law, writes Patent Docs. Holman’s Biotech IP Blog discusses the patent law implications of the Federal Circuit’s ruling in Ariad v. Eli Lilly. Less Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 19, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: The Department of State’s annual Human Rights Report turns the spotlight on internet freedom in China and Iran, from ZDNet Government. The US District Court in Delaware stays the patent litigations between Apple and Nokia, pending decisions by the International Trade Commission, says The Register. A California appeals court rules that cyberbullying threats are not protected free speech, reports Wired. Also from Wired, the Supreme Court agrees to review Continue Reading →

The ACTA – It’s Top-Secret, It’s Controversial, And It Could Change The Face Of Copyright Enforcement

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) made the news again last Friday, after the Motion Picture Association of America sent a memo to the Senate Judiciary Committee affirming its support of the treaty. The MPAA condemned the opposition’s “strident attacks” and accused it of an irrational hatred of the entertainment industry. The memo comes shortly after the 6th round of ACTA negotiations that took place earlier this month. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA is a proposed Continue Reading →