Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Sheboygan Women (sic) Files Landmark Case Over Web Links“:
Boyden said some companies require other Web sites to get permission to link to them, but he knew of no companies, much less a government body, that have tried to enforce violations of that condition if the links didn’t infringe on a copyright or trademark.
Boyden said not all speech is protected, including links. For instance, someone might use a link to communicate a threat or violate a copyright, and that wouldn’t be protected.
The lawsuit doesn’t show how Reisinger used the link to Sheboygan police or the city’s cease-and-desist order, but Boyden said it appeared from the lawsuit to be protected speech.
On the corporate side, the issue is less about money than copyright infringement and brand control. Wharton faculty note, however, that Hasbro may be doing more harm than good to its brand by going after Scrabulous. It not only risks alienating existing Scrabulous users, they say, but also misses the opportunity to capitalize on Scrabulous’s success in the difficult-to-harness social networking world.
Peter Fader, co-director of the Wharton Interactive Media Initiative, believes Hasbro’s action is an “incredibly bad business decision.” There is no evidence the Agarwalla brothers were doing “something absolutely disparaging” to the Scrabble brand, he says. In fact, Scrabulous “has been such a fabulously good thing for the Scrabble franchise [that] Hasbro should have been celebrating.”
The simulator is designed to show you how to use the Madrid System to seek the protection of your mark* abroad. At the end of the simulation, it will also help you estimate the cost of registering your mark through the Madrid System, a simple, easy and cost-effective international registration procedure.
HT Carl O.
Counterfeit Chic points out a somewhat ambiguous poster in China advising that the selling of fakes may constitute crime.
Registrant obtained COLLECTIVEMEDIA.COM in 2002. Opponent begins use in 2005, brungs UDRP. Held: opponent should have known it would lose. Collective Media, Inc. v CKV . COLLECTIVEMEDIA.COM WIPO D2008-0641.
Rule 2.120 is a bit long, but it is worth reading now and then.