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Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Today Likely to Focus on Bill Seizing Infringing Web Domains

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2010 - The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Tuesday, focusing on "Finding Solutions to the Problems of Copyright Infringement," may well focus on S. 3804, the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA), introduced late last month by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Keep Reading

Copyright/International

Trade Negotiators Say Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement Finalized … Except for Digital Provisions

American and European trade representatives said Monday that they've successfully concluded talks concerning a global anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, and they're ready to release the draft sometime this week, but a report in the Wall Street Journal says that the negotiators still can't agree on the terms concerning enforcement of intellectual property rights in the digital environment. Keep Reading

Copyright

Will the US and China Share A Similar Model When Attacking IP Pirates Online?

San Francisco, September 29, 2010 -- A legislative proposal to allow the US' top cop to seize the web addresses of sites that authorities deem are dedicated to pirating intellectual property bears a remarkable resemblance to a crackdown currently underway in China against online pirates. A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators last week introduced legislation that would enable the U.S. Justice Department to render inaccessible Web sites judged to be dedicated to intellectual property infringement. Keep Reading

Copyright

ASCAP Music Licensing Fees Voided for Yahoo, RealNetworks

SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2010 —  A U.S. rate-setting court’s formula for establishing the fees that Yahoo! and RealNetworks must pay the nation’s dominant music licensing group is fundamentally flawed because it uses inconsistent data sets and because the benchmarks it uses aren’t relevant or comparable, said a U.S. appeals court Tuesday. “The district court… Keep Reading

Copyright

Justice Dept Could Shutter Infringing Web Sites With Court Orders Against Domain Name Registrars

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2010 -- A bipartisan group of 10 US senators on Monday introduced legislation that would enable the US Justice Department to render inaccessible Web sites judged to be dedicated to intellectual property infringement. The legislation would enable Justice to seek a preliminary injunction against domain name registrars, which would have to suspend access to the domains hosting infringing material, or that are trafficking in infringing material. The legislation would require the US attorney general to notify the federal intellectual property enforcement co-coordinator of the injunctions, and the coordinator would in turn be required to post the names of the suspended sites on a public web site. Keep Reading

Copyright

U.S. Copyright Chief Marybeth Peters, Who Presided Over Office’s Expansive Influence, to Retire

SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2010 — The U.S. top policy chief in charge of steering and influencing the nation's positions on copyright issues is to retire by the end of the year, the copyright office announced Monday. Marybeth Peters became Register in 1994, which the copyright office said is the second-longest term served by anyone other than the first Register ever Thorvald Solberg. Keep Reading

Russian Authorities Use Anti-piracy Raids On Behalf of Microsoft To Suppress Dissidents

Russian police are using anti-piracy raids on behalf of Microsoft to suppress dissent, according to a Saturday report in the New York Times. The paper reports that police in January raided the offices of an environmental group in Irkutsk, near Lake Baikal, and confiscated the group's computers claiming that the group had been using pirated software. Keep Reading

Copyright

Pioneers To Gather To Chart The Future of Music

SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2010 - Back in 2000, Public Enemy's Chuck D proclaimed on Charlie Rose that file-sharing heralded a new era in the music business. "The power is going back to the people," he said. Chuck D was debating Metallica's drummer Lars Ullrich, whose band had filed a lawsuit against Napster. Ullrich told Rose that his main concern was one of control. Fans can't just loot music online, he argued, and besides, file-sharing is wrong because it enriches everyone involved except for the artists themselves. Metallica ultimately settled. But a decade later, Chuck D and Public Enemy are still struggling to build a viable business model out of the "power to the people" motto. Keep Reading

Copyright/Uncategorized

Court Ruling Recasts Notion of Ownership of Books, Movies, Music, Software in Digital Age

SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2010 -- A federal appeals court ruling on Friday could eventually end the huge secondary market that has bloomed online in used books, software, and other forms of media both physical and digital when it said a software company can use its licenses to control the re-sale of their products. The panel of three judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously decided that Autodesk's software license trumped the "first sale" doctrine encapsulated in federal law. This appears to give companies more leeway to license more of their products rather than simply selling them and giving up control. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Launches Free Monthly Intellectual Property Breakfast Club for 2010-2011

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property news service BroadbandBreakfast.com is offering free tickets to the first event in its Fall Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series, “Will the Obama Administration's IP Czar Crush Internet Piracy?” The event, on Tuesday, September 14, will feature top officials from the Entertainment Software Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Public Knowledge and the Future of Music Coalition. Register for Free. Keep Reading

Internet Service Providers Must Be Forced to Help Music Industry, Says U2’s Band Manager

SAN FRANCISCO, September 7, 2010 - U2's band manager Paul McGuinness has once again lit up the debate over who and what's responsible for the decline of the music industry. In the August edition of British GQ, McGuinness declares: "I am convinced that ISPs are not going to help the music and film industry voluntarily. Some things have got to come with the force of legislation." Keep Reading

Wrapped In A French E-mail Copyright Infringement Notice ‘Scam’ May Be Another Scam Itself

SAN FRANCISCO, September 3, 2010 -- A widely-circulated report about fake online copyright infringement e-mail notifications from French authorities demanding the payment of fines looks as if it is actually part of an underground misinformation campaign designed to sow confusion, says a US security researcher who looked into the issue for Broadbandbreakfast.com. The "news" about the French phishing scam appears to have originated from an audience member's question in a recent web chat at French financial newspaper site La Tribune with Eric Walter, the general secretary of the French online copyright enforcement agency HADOPI. Keep Reading

Report: US Blocked EU Online Publication of Latest Anti-Counterfeiting Draft Agreement

SAN FRANCISCO, September 2, 2010 - U.S. trade negotiators participating in talks with their European, Japanese and other other global counterparts blocked the online publication of the latest draft of a controversial anti-counterfeiting and piracy agreement after the latest round of meetings this August, according to a report from a European Union policy foundation. Keep Reading

Copyright

US Chamber Gets New Online Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting Chief

By all accounts, online piracy of software, movies, and music is on the upswing and becoming ever more sophisticated, but that doesn’t daunt Steven Tepp. Tepp has just joined the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC as its first senior director for internet piracy and counterfeiting. His job will be to lead the Chamber’s efforts to battle the phenomena on behalf of its members. Keep Reading

At Breakfast Club, USTR Official Defends Process and Goals of Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010 - Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intellectual Property Stanford McCoy defended the process and goals of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement at the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Tuesday. BroadbandBreakfast.com on Wednesday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on Tuesday, which included discussion between McCoy at a range of industry officials representing copyright holders, technology companies, telecommunications providers and academics.

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Tech and Content Industry Still at Loggerheads Over Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Deal

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2010 – Major U.S. technology companies are worrying over an international trade agreement currently under negotiations because they see it as putting them on shaky legal ground. At the third Intellectual Property Breakfast Club held by BroadbandBreakfast.com, panelists argued over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and its potential impact on the technology industry. Keep Reading

ACTA Negotiators Won’t Release New Discussion Draft

SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2010 -- US trade representatives say they made progress this week in building consensus on key provisions of a new international intellectual property enforcement agreement -- but not enough to share with the rest of the world. “There was no consensus to release another text," said Nefeterius Akeli McPherson, a USTR spokeswoman in an e-mailed note about this week's discussions over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Lucerne, Switzerland. "There was not sufficient progress at this round to make release of new text meaningful. The issues under discussion are still well reflected in the text that is public now. We hope to make more progress at the next round.” Keep Reading

Copyright

Industry Experts Discuss Piracy Remedies

WASHINGTON July 1, 2010- Speaking at the Department of Commerce today, an expert observed that consumers who view streaming video on pay-only sites are “unwittingly giving their credit card numbers to organized crime.” The speaker, Scott Martin of the Motion Picture Association of America, made the comment in the context of a panel entitled “Emerging Infringement Areas,” which was moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Anna Gomez. Keep Reading

Copyright

Strickling Addresses Copyright Symposium

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2010 – The state of the internet economy, and how to protect copyrighted works on the internet, are two major issues facing the economy of the 21st Century. Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for Communications and Information, spoke on this topic today to kick off the USPTO and NTIAs Symposium on copyright policy, creativity and innovation in the internet economy. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Czar Promises Transparency Amidst Controversy Over ‘Secretive’ Trade Negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO, June, 23, 2010 - A White House official in charge of coordinating the US government's enforcement of intellectual property rights on Tuesday pledged openness in the face of mounting criticism that the Obama administration is engaging in a secretive negotiating process with some of its trading partners as they discuss ways to more strictly enforce those rights both online and at their borders. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Featured Clash of Views Between Broadcasters and Cable Companies

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on May 18, 2010: "New Transmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content." The event included key industry officials from the cable, broadcast and public interest communities, and was moderated by Sarah Lai Stirland, Assistant Managing Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com. Keep Reading

Tuesday’s Free Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Retrans Consent a ‘Must Attend’ Event

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday announced the addition of two new panelists – Toni Cook Bush of Skadden Arps and Matt Polka of the American Cable Association – to its FREE June 8th Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event. The panel, to be held at Clyde’s of Gallery Place at 707 7th Street NW, in Washington, is certain to be the “must attend” event on this increasingly hot topic of “New Retransmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content.” Register now! Keep Reading

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