One Step Closer to Mega Justice: Kim Dotcom Loses Extradition Hearing

Cross-posted from the Law Theories blog. The news broke last night that Kim Dotcom has suffered a major setback in his bid to avoid standing trial in the Eastern District of Virginia on multiple felony charges relating to his Megaupload website. District Judge N.R. Dawson of the Auckland District Court in New Zealand dropped his … Continue reading “One Step Closer to Mega Justice: Kim Dotcom Loses Extradition Hearing”

BMG v. Cox: ISP Liability and the Power of Inference

Cross-posted from the Law Theories blog. As readers are likely aware, the jury verdict in BMG v. Cox was handed down on December 17th. The jury found that BMG had proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Cox’s users were direct infringers and that Cox is contributorily liable for that infringement. The interesting thing, … Continue reading “BMG v. Cox: ISP Liability and the Power of Inference”

Protecting Artists from Streaming Piracy Benefits Creativity and Technology

Here’s a brief excerpt of an op-ed by Devlin Hartline & Matthew Barblan that was published in The Hill: In his recent op-ed in The Hill, Mike Montgomery argues that “[m]aking streaming copyright infringement a felony is a terrible idea” that will create “further rifts between tech and entertainment at a time when these two … Continue reading “Protecting Artists from Streaming Piracy Benefits Creativity and Technology”

Principles and Priorities to Guide Congress’s Ongoing Copyright Review

Last week, CPIP published a new white paper, Copyright Principles and Priorities to Foster a Creative Digital Marketplace, by Sandra Aistars, Mark Schultz, and myself, which draws from the testimonies and scholarly writings of CPIP Senior Scholars in order to guide Congress as it continues its comprehensive review of the Copyright Act. The white paper … Continue reading “Principles and Priorities to Guide Congress’s Ongoing Copyright Review”

How IP-Fueled Innovations in Biotechnology Have Led to the Gene Revolution

We’ve released a new issue paper, The Gene Revolution, by Amanda Maxham, a research associate and writer at the Ayn Rand Institute. Dr. Maxham explores how innovations in biotechnology, enabled by the intellectual property rights that protect them, have led to the “Gene Revolution,” where scientists use genetic engineering to dramatically improve human life. In … Continue reading “How IP-Fueled Innovations in Biotechnology Have Led to the Gene Revolution”

Repetition of Junk Science & Epithets Does Not Make Them True

Here’s a brief excerpt of a post by Adam Mossoff that was published on IPWatchdog. In their recent submission to the Washington Post’s series on so-called “patent reform” and “patent trolls,” James Bessen and Michael Meurer repeat the same junk science claims we’ve all heard many times before. In fact, the essay starts with a … Continue reading “Repetition of Junk Science & Epithets Does Not Make Them True”

#AliceStorm for Halloween: Was it a Trick or a Treat?

The following guest post from Robert R. Sachs, Partner at Fenwick & West LLP, first appeared on the Bilski Blog, and it is reposted here with permission. By Robert R. Sachs Alice has been busy the last two months, continuing to haunt the federal courts and the Knox and Randolph buildings at the USPTO. Here … Continue reading “#AliceStorm for Halloween: Was it a Trick or a Treat?”

Protecting Authors and Artists by Closing the Streaming Loophole

We’ve released a new policy brief, Protecting Authors and Artists by Closing the Streaming Loophole, by Devlin Hartline & Matthew Barblan. They argue that in order to protect authors and artists from having their works repeatedly stolen on the internet, it is long past time to harmonize the remedies for criminal copyright infringement to reflect … Continue reading “Protecting Authors and Artists by Closing the Streaming Loophole”

Overview of Comments on the USPTO's July 2015 Update to the Interim Examination Guidance

The following guest post from Robert R. Sachs, Partner at Fenwick & West LLP, first appeared on the Bilski Blog, and it is reposted here with permission. By Robert R. Sachs In late July, the USPTO issued its July 2015 Update to the 2014 Interim Section 101 Patent Eligibility Guidance (IEG). The July 2015 Update … Continue reading “Overview of Comments on the USPTO's July 2015 Update to the Interim Examination Guidance”

Strong IP Protection Provides Inventors and Creators the Economic Freedom to Create

Here’s a brief excerpt of a post by Terrica Carrington that was published on IPWatchdog. CPIP went against the grain with this conference, and showed us, bit by bit, what our world might look like today without intellectual property rights. Music wouldn’t sound the same. Movies wouldn’t look the same. You wouldn’t be reading this … Continue reading “Strong IP Protection Provides Inventors and Creators the Economic Freedom to Create”