19
Feb/07

Content Recognition Software As Anti-Piracy Tool


NY Times: “New Weapon in Web War Over Privacy“:
“The new technological weapon is content-recognition software, which makes it possible to identify copyrighted material, even, for example, from blurry video clips.”



17
Feb/07

Stanford/California v. The NFL


More about The Big Game here. Background about the NFL’s published application for The Big Game here.



16
Feb/07

Accused Plagiarist Uses DMCA To Remove Video Accusing Him Of Plagiarism


This is only the second time I’ve used the word ‘chutzpah’ in 5 years of blogging, but, if the facts are as they appear, the use is justified.
Voicing an apparently widespread belief, comic Joe Rogan accused Carlos Mencia of stealing jokes. Rogan showed up at Mencia’s act at the Comedy Store, and films a confrontation in which he accuses Mencia of plagiarism. Rogan uploads the video to YouTube. Mencia then uses the DMCA to remove the video that accuses him of plagiarism.
Rogan’s website and Google Video still show the video.
UPDATE: A reader writes to advise that Rogan was onstage, made a remark about Mencia, then Mencia took the stage. More from Rogan about the protection of stand up comedy material, or lack thereof, here.

Filed under: DMCA


15
Feb/07

Complaint In Burning Man Trademark Case


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Coverage of the Burning Man trademark case.
Complaint in the Burning Man case
Wikipedia entry for Burning Man



15
Feb/07

Has Levis Sued Esprit Again?


I reported in 2003 that Levis had sued Esprit over a red tab on jeans. I see that Levis has sued ‘Esprit Us Distribution’ in the Northern District of California, on Tuesday. There are no news reports, and the complaint isn’t available on ECF. I might as well link to my recent post on Levis



14
Feb/07

NFL Claims Copyright In Copyright Warning?


Wendy Seltzer: “My First DMCA Takedown“:
“On Feb. 8, I posted to YouTube a clip taken from the Super Bowl: not the football, but the copyright warning the NFL stuck into the middle of it, wherein they tell you it’s forbidden even to share “accounts of the game” without the NFL’s consent.
Their copyright bot didn’t seem to see the fair use in my educational excerpt, so YouTube just sent me their boilerplate takedown. Time to break out that DMCA counter-notification.”

Filed under: DMCA


14
Feb/07

Counterfeit Chic: Knockoff News 50


Counterfeit Chic: Knockoff News 50



14
Feb/07

Who Is This?


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Hint: inspiration for one of the better selling U.S. novels of all time.
Discussion of the cover of Jonathan Livingston Seagull garnering zero % unaided awareness here.



14
Feb/07

Brussels Court Rules Against Google Re Linking


IHT: “Brussels Court Rules Against Google In Copyright Case“:
“A court in Brussels ruled Tuesday that Google violated copyright laws by publishing links to stories from Belgian newspapers without permission, a case that legal experts said could have broad implications in Europe for the news services provided by search engines.”
. . .
Google condemned the court decision and defended the news site. “This is an isolated case, and it would be inaccurate to portray Google News as standing in conflict with the publishing industry,” said Jessica Powell, a spokeswoman in London for Google. “We currently have 10,000 sources in Google News and get contacted every day by others seeking to be included.”
Powell added that the main complaints raised by the publishers in Belgium — references to their stories without prior permission and the availability of stories that the newspapers subsequently place behind a firewall — are easily rectified without recourse to legal action.”



13
Feb/07

Citi Out From Under Umbrella


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Bloomberg: CitiGroup to sell umbrella logo St Paul Travelers.
The biggest U.S. bank plans to sell its red umbrella trademark to St. Paul Travelers Cos. and operate under the “Citi” name after failing to get most consumers to think of anything except insurance when they saw the 137-year-old symbol. The deal, announced in separate statements, reunites the Travelers name with a logo that consumers still associate with the insurer and the slogan, “You’re better off under the umbrella.”