Monthly Archive: September 2011

Procedures are moving forward to trial in August, 2012 in the seven-year old case Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 05-Civ-8136, after Southern District of New York Judge Denny Chin rejected the parties’ proposed settlement in March. A September 15th status conference in front of Judge Chin provided a clearer picture as to …

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Lucasfilm Ltd., et al. v. Ainsworth, et al., 2011 UKSC 39 Lucasfilm Ltd. (“Lucasfilm”) sued artist Andrew Ainsworth alleging that defendant infringed upon its copyright in the Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper helmets by selling replicas of the famous helmets used in the film Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope. The British Supreme Court …

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After filing over 275 lawsuits in almost 18 months, it seems as though Righthaven, LLC (“Righthaven”) may have run out of steam. Righthaven, a Nevada holding company, was founded in early 2010, for the sole purpose of filing copyright lawsuits on behalf of its clients, news content owners (such as Stephens Media).  Its methods involved …

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Last March, ICANN voted to approve .XXX as a new Sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLD) for the adult industry. The registry responsible for operating and managing the new sTLD is ICM Registry. During the Sunrise Period (known as “Sunrise B”), which will be open from September 7 to October 28, 2011, owners of registered marks …

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