Vice: Viacom Forced Internet Archive to Remove Hundreds of Hours of MTV Broadcasts

Vice: Viacom Forced Internet Archive to Remove Hundreds of Hours of MTV Broadcasts. “Archivists have uploaded hundreds of hours of MTV VHS recordings from the 1980s and early 1990s to the Internet Archive. The videos have caught the attention of Viacom, which has attempted to have them taken offline.”

USPTO: USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

USPTO: USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies. “The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform, Patents 4 Partnerships, to provide the public with a user-friendly, searchable repository of patents and published patent applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic that are indicated as available for licensing.”

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic. “WIPO today launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related intellectual property (IP) policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic.”

Covid Cashout: Plastic Surgeons and Cannabis Startups Rush to Grab Coronavirus Trademarks (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: Covid Cashout: Plastic Surgeons and Cannabis Startups Rush to Grab Coronavirus Trademarks. “Trademark applications filed with the Patent Office show an explosion in products marketed in some fashion as related to the virus. Nearly 200 applications containing the words ‘coronavirus’ or ‘COVID’ have been filed since March 29, the first time either word appeared in a trademark application, according to USPTO’s online database.”

The Verge: Photographer can’t sue a website for embedding her Instagram post, says court

The Verge: Photographer can’t sue a website for embedding her Instagram post, says court. “A court ruled yesterday that Mashable can embed a professional photographer’s photo without breaking copyright law, thanks to Instagram’s terms of service. The New York district court determined that Stephanie Sinclair offered a ‘valid sublicense’ to use the photograph when she posted it publicly on Instagram.”

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): WIPO Launches New Search Facility For PATENTSCOPE Database to Support COVID-19 Innovation Efforts

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): WIPO Launches New Search Facility For PATENTSCOPE Database to Support COVID-19 Innovation Efforts. “The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today launched a new search functionality for its global patent database, PATENTSCOPE, to facilitate the location and retrieval of information contained in published patent documents that may be useful for innovators developing new technologies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The WIPO COVID-19 search facility of PATENTSCOPE will provide scientists, engineers, public health policymakers, industry actors and members of the general public with an easily accessible source of intelligence for improving the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases such as the novel coronavirus.”

PubChem Blog: Integration of WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE data with PubChem

PubChem Blog: Integration of WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE data with PubChem. “The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization that aims to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. WIPO provided PubChem with more than 16 million chemical structures searchable in its patent database called PATENTSCOPE.”

TorrentFreak: Google Removes Official Kodi Download Page After “Bogus” Copyright Complaint (Updated)

TorrentFreak: Google Removes Official Kodi Download Page After “Bogus” Copyright Complaint (Updated). “Google has removed the official Kodi download page from its search results, following a complaint from a copyright holder. The team behind the perfectly legal open-source software is disappointed that they’re being inaccurately lumped together with pirate services. The same takedown notice also targeted the VLC media player, but those requests were rejected.” Google did restore the page. Eventually.

Build a better registry: My intended comments to the Library of Congress on the next Register of Copyrights (Everybody’s Libraries)

Everybody’s Libraries: Build a better registry: My intended comments to the Library of Congress on the next Register of Copyrights. “The Library of Congress is seeking public input on abilities and priorities desired for the next Register of Copyrights, who heads the Copyright Office, a department within the Library of Congress. The deadline for comments as I write this is March 20, though I’m currently having trouble getting the form to accept my input, and operations at the Library, like many other places, are in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below I reproduce the main portion of the comments I’m hoping to get in before the deadline, in the hope that they will be useful for both them and others interested in copyright. I’ve added a few hyperlinks for context.”

New York Times: ‘Emergency’ Online Library Draws Ire of Some Authors

New York Times: ‘Emergency’ Online Library Draws Ire of Some Authors. “After NPR and The New Yorker ran reports praising the National Emergency Library (the headline over the historian Jill Lepore’s essay in The New Yorker called it “a gift to readers everywhere”), several prominent writers, including Colson Whitehead, took to social media to condemn the project.” I just checked to see if any of my books are in the Emergency Library. Several of them are. If you want to read them you go right ahead. They’re old but I recommend WEB SEARCH GARAGE and INFORMATION TRAPPING as they’re more philosophical (how I search and more importantly how I think about search)

Internet Archive responds: Why we released the National Emergency Library (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive: Internet Archive responds: Why we released the National Emergency Library. “According to IMLS FY17 Public Libraries survey (the last fiscal year for which data is publicly available), in FY17 there were more than 716 million physical books in US public libraries. Using the same data, which shows a 2-3% decline in collection holdings per year, we can estimate that public libraries have approximately 650 million books on their shelves in 2020. Right now, today, there are 650 million books that tax-paying citizens have paid to access that are sitting on shelves in closed libraries, inaccessible to them. And that’s just in public libraries.”

USPTO: USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system

USPTO: USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system. “Today, as part of Women’s History Month, the USPTO has officially launched the Expanding Innovation Hub (‘the Hub’), an online platform available on the USPTO website that provides resources for inventors and practitioners to encourage greater participation in the patent system.”

TorrentFreak: ‘Copyright Troll’ Uses Social Media Info Against Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

TorrentFreak: ‘Copyright Troll’ Uses Social Media Info Against Alleged BitTorrent Pirates. “People put all sorts of information on social media nowadays. While most of it is relatively harmless, it can also be used against them in the future. The information doesn’t only allow neighbors and potential employers to spy on them, copyright trolls also use social media postings to support their cases against suspected pirates.”

Techdirt: Former Refrigerator Manufacturer Says Companies Using Open Source, Royalty-Free Video Technology Must Pay To License 2,000 Patents

Techdirt: Former Refrigerator Manufacturer Says Companies Using Open Source, Royalty-Free Video Technology Must Pay To License 2,000 Patents. “As Wikipedia explains in painful detail, there are two main patent pools demanding payment from companies that use HEVC in their devices. For one of the pools, the patent list is 164 pages long.”

Techdirt: Japan Approves New Law To Make Manga Piracy A Criminal Offense

Techdirt: Japan Approves New Law To Make Manga Piracy A Criminal Offense. Yikes! “Roughly a year and a half ago, we discussed a proposed amendment to Japanese copyright law that would seek to criminalize copyright infringement. The general consensus is that the chief impetus for this new addition to Japanese copyright law centered on the manga industry, which is a multi-billion dollar industry, despite that particular media being pirated alongside all other media.”