After the Blogging Thing, Kingston Mines Tonight

After the blogging get-together tonight at the Billy Goat Taven (which, I am told, is below street level so look for the stairs), a bunch of us are meeting up at Kingston Mines (a blues club), 2548 N. Halsted.


Trademark Blog Live In Chicago Monday April 30

Here’s the map of where the meet the bloggers thing is Monday night, 7:30 to 9:30. If you’d like to say hello and can’t make it Monday night, drop me a line – marty at schwimmerlegal dot com.


The Most 'Powerful' Brands In The World

Via News.com, via Scripting News, a brand consultancy has issued a list of the most ‘powerful’ brands in the world:
1. Google–$66.4 billion
2. General Electric–$61.9 billion
3. Microsoft–$55 billion
4. Coca-Cola–$44.1 billion
5. China Mobile–$41.2 billion
6. Marlboro–$39.2 billion
7. Wal-Mart–$36.9 billion
8. Citigroup–$33.7 billion
9. IBM–$33.6 billion
10. Toyota Motor–$33.4 billion
The methodology may be questionable as Trademark Blog did not even make the Top 100 Brands List.



This Ninth Circuit decision on the word ‘DISINFECTABLE” ends with a flourish.


Google's 'Claim Your Content' Filtering System

NewTeeVee.com: ‘Anticipating Google’s ‘Claim you Content‘” (a system that ‘somewhat automates’ the DMCA process for copyright owners, that, as the article notes, reduces some of the cost but keeps the burden of enforcement on the copyright owner).

Filed under: DMCA


Utah Denied Top Spot On Worst Internet Law List

Prof Goldman: “The Best and Worst Internet Laws” (Utah places 4 out of top 10 but losts out to CDA.


Viacom 'Goofs' On Colbert Parody

Ars Technica: “Viacom: ‘We goofed on Colbert Parody Takedown Notice” (Viacom and EFF resolve dispute over Colbert parody clip).

Filed under: DMCA


Kate Moss Calls Kettle Black?

Fashionista: Kate Moss’s design team issues copyright warning which, according to Fashionista and the New York Post, is ironic. Hat tip ATL.


Viacom v YouTube Panel Discussion NYC Tuesday 6:30

On April 24th at 6:30 PM in the Moot Court Room at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, The Cardozo Intellectual Property Society Presents
“Viacom vs. GooTube: Solving the User-Generated Gridlock”
1.0 CLE credit Available in Areas of Professional Practice
To RSVP, respond to: youtubepanel at gmail dot com
Stanley Pierre-Louis, Esq.
Kaye Scholer, LLP
Mark Anderson, Esq.
John Delaney, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster, LLP
Moderated by:
Jonathan Purow
CSL ’07
STANLEY PIERRE-LOUIS is Special Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York, where he is involved in counseling and litigation in the areas of entertainment law, intellectual property and other related fields. Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Mr. Pierre-Louis served as Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs for the RIAA, where he developed enforcement strategies and managed the record industry’s litigation in various cases, including Napster, MP3.com, Aimster and Grokster.
MARK G. ANDERSON is Associate Counsel at MasurLaw, where he focuses on intellectual property licensing, copyright issues, contracts, and general corporate and transaction work. Mr. Anderson drafts and negotiates a wide variety of licensing arrangements, management, recording, and digital distribution deals. Prior to joining Masur & Associates, Mark was Director of Business Affairs for License Music Now and Contracts Manager for Vault Music Services.
JOHN F. DELANEY is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster, where he serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Technology Transactions Practice Group. Mr. Delaney has substantial experience in advising companies on cutting-edge issues such as user-generated content, Section 512 safe harbors, virtual reality and electronic contracts. Mr. Delaney has appeared on the cover of the American Lawyer as one of the “lawyers for the new economy” and on the cover of New York Lawyer as one of “fifteen lawyers 40 and under shaping the law for the 21st Century.” Crain’s New York Business included him in its “Technology 100,” a list of individuals “likely to shape the direction and growth of New York’s economy for years to come.”

Filed under: DMCA


"Commercial Free" Suit Against XM Not Covered By Arb. Clause

8th Circuit: Deceptive trade practice claim regarding XM’s claims that it is ‘commercial free’ not covered by arbitration clause. Text of decision here. Coverage here.