Category Archive: Internet

Oracle v. Rimini Street, USDC D. Nevada 2:10-CV-00106-LRH-PAL Oracle sued Rimini, a third party support and maintenance service provider, for having illegally downloaded Oracle’s software and support materials by logging on to Oracle’s password protected web-database using an Oracle customer’s individual login credentials, and downloading support materials in excess of that customer’s authorized license agreement. …

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Nothing says “economic depression” so much as when scam artists run con-games on the weakest citizens: the infirm, the old, and now, unemployed students and recent graduates without money. The FTC issued a release last week, suggesting confidence games against unemployed students are back in vogue, in the form of “secret shopper” scams. Sites, similar …

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Like Verizon did last year on the same day, Google has announced that it is changing its company name to Topeka. From a trademark law perspective, Google is acutely aware that the public must be educated on proper use of its new mark, so as to lower the risk that TOPEKA might become generic and …

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Ephemera is by definition written and printed matter that not intended to be retained or preserved. But six years ago the San Francisco couple, Rick and Megan Prelinger, dedicated a new library to ephemera of all kinds and descriptions in the Soma District of their city. In their webpage, the open handed, unguarded access policy …

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Netflix, the web based DVD rental service, launched as contest in 2006 offering a 1 million dollar prize to team that develops a recommendation algorithm that is shown to be 10% better that Netflix’s current recommendation engine. To those in the programming community, the challenge has been compared to scaling Mount Everest. Has the summit …

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In a long and hard fought battle, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has given renowned fashion designer, Joseph Abboud, a chance to reclaim his name. Issuing a sweeping injunction in June 2008, a Southern District of New York court enjoined Abboud from using his name to sell, market or promote his own business, goods …

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has sued Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service in San Francisco Superior Court alleging: Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trademark Dilution, Cybersquatting, Misappropriation of Name, and Misappropriation of Likeness. In the Complaint, Mr. La Russa states the defendant owns the domain name twitter.com, and pursuant thereto, twitter.com/TonyLaRussa. Mr. …

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As of last Saturday, Facebook users have been able to register personalized URLs of their choice for their Facebook home page (e.g., facebook.com/myusername). Approximately 5.75 million users signed up for their own URL over the weekend (also called “Vanity URLs”). These new usernames could potentially be anything, including someone else’s trademark. To help trademark owners …

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Linden Labs, the host of the immensely popular site Second Life, an online virtual world, has been sued in an Arizona district court for trademark infringement and unfair competition. The complaint, filed by Taser International, makers of non-lethal (and sometimes lethal) weapons, claims Linden Labs allows third parties to sell TASER guns inside the virtual …

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The Coalinga Recorder and the local namesake high school were vindicated after the Court of Appeals in the Fifth District ruled that the paper’s reprinting of a tirade from a “MySpace” page was not an invasion of the page owner’s privacy. The court found that “the article was available to anyone with Internet access.” Turns …

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