A French court today cracked down on counterfeits — and an outlet that sells them — ordering eBay to pay Louis Vuitton and other luxury brands — Kenzo, Guerlain, Dior and Givenchy — $63.1 million in damages for auctioning fake goods.
ICANN cleared the way today for a wider scope of generic top level domain names.
The more land there is, the less valuable individual parcels are.
ArsTechnica coverage here.
SlashDot coverage here.
Circle ID coverage here.
IP Watch coverage here.
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Hearts on Fire alleges that Blue Nile purchased ‘hearts on file’ as keyword, and used that term in the text of its ads, but does not offer HEARTS ON FIRE diamonds.
Perdue’s issues stem from Tyson’s claims that its chickens were “raised without antibiotics” and, later, “raised without antibiotics that impact antibiotic resistance in humans.” In April, a U.S. District Court in Baltimore ruled that Tyson remove the claims from its advertising while the suit was pending and set a May 15 deadline to stop Tyson from running any of the “raised without antibiotics” advertisements.
In-n-Out Burger (doing business in 4 western states) sues Joe’s In-n-Out Burger on Holbrook, NY in eastern Long Island.
Possible evidence of confusion in comment 1 and not in comment 6 here.
Here’s an idea for a law journal note: compare the approach of the German court in the AIDOL case (BGH, 8 Feb 2007 (sic), Case I ZR 77/07 – AIDOL), holding that the use of a trademark in white-on-white writing (presumably to game the search engines) is a form of trademark use, with that of, say, the Eastern District of NY in this meta-tag case (emphasizing that meta-tags are not perceived by consumers). Via INTA Bulletin.
Prof Michael Scott at Southwestern Law School is making available three microblogs on Twitter: InternetLaw, PrivacyLaw and CopyrightLaw. What is a Twitter microblog? It is using a Twitter account solely to provide tweets consisting of URLs of theme-specific tweets. If you don’t use an RSS reader such as Bloglines to moitor blogs, you might consider this. BTW, my Twitter account name is mschwimmer (but I use Twitter for chatting, not for IP stuff).
Pixelization: “Do We Need a Mode of Voluntary Surrender of Publicity Rights?“:
Common-law and statutory rights of publicity in an increasing number of jurisdictions allow people to sue others for the unauthorized commercial use of their image, likeness, and voice. Creative Commons licenses release only copyright entitlements – not publicity rights. For a photo of an inanimate object, publicity rights are irrelevant. But a photo of a person may not be available for ripping, mixing, and burning in “commercial” contexts, despite its being Creative-Commons licensed.
Text of SDNY Decision in right of privacy suit and trademark suit brought by naked cowboy against an M&M dressed as a naked cowboy (photos in decision). Right of privacy claim dismissed as statute doesn’t protect trademarked costumes (M&M dressed in ‘plaintiff’s’ costume is not intended to be understood as a likeness of plaintiff); however trademark claim survives motion to dismiss).