Saturday, February 26, 2011

7s Domain Name Decision

Is it cybersquatting to point a domain name to a website that has no relationship with the semantic meaning of the domain name?

See 7(s) v. Luo decision

Discussion: Domain Name Wire

Patenting Business Methods

Review of patentable subject matter in Australia

The Australian Advisory Council on Intellectual Property has released its review of patentable subject matter. The Advisory Council is an independent body appointed by the government, and advises the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research on intellectual property matters.

Click here to view the report

Click here to view the Advisory Council's Media Release

Chasing Pirates

See Inside Microsoft's War Room

Copyright in databases

In December 2010, the Full Federal Court decided that there was no copyright in White Pages and Yellow Pages telephone directories.
Chief Justice Keane was convinced by the respondents argument that the White and Yellow Pages “were compiled, not by the individuals engaged to facilitate the process, but by a computerised process of storing, selecting, ordering and arranging the data to produce the directories in the form in which they were published.” [7-8]

Friday, February 25, 2011

iiNet copyright case - Full Federal Court Appeal Decision

iiNet succeeded in its appeal, but on narrower grounds. The case concerns whether an ISP is liable for copyright infringement of its users.
See case, and SMH article, and ZDnet

Google Modifies Its Algorithm

Google has changed its algorithm that returns search results, to remove content farm websites. See NYT.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fined For Conduct of Facebook Fans

In his judgment Justice Finkelstein held that: "while it cannot be said that Allergy Pathway was responsible for the initial publication of testimonials (the original publisher was the third party who posted the testimonials on Allergy Pathway's Twitter and Facebook pages) it is appropriate to conclude that Allergy Pathway accepted responsibility for the publications when it knew of them and decided not to remove them. Hence it became the publisher of the testimonials."

In responding to the judgment, ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said: "Many corporations now use Facebook "Fan" pages and Twitter accounts to promote their businesses. This outcome confirms that any business that decides to leave public testimonials or other comments on their Facebook and Twitter pages will be held responsible if they are false, misleading or deceptive."

See ACCC Press Release

ACCC v. Allergy Pathway [2011] FCA 74


Use of Domain Names is Passing Off - UK Decision

In Lifestyle Management Ltd v Frater, a former agent of Lifestyle Management Ltd has been found by the UK High Court, on an application for an interim injunction, to have committed acts of passing off by pointing certain domain names to websites that closely resembled his former principal's website.

See also this case note.

Keywords abuse - damages of $292,000

A law firm specialising in disability claims was awarded $292,000 by a California court, because of a competitor’s use of its mark as a Google AdWord.


Domain Name Decision

Recent domain name decision regarding bad faith.

The Law Firm of the Future

An interesting article about legal services.

Also, an article about Twitter and law firms.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Internet Law Resource Centre

BNA has launched its Internet Law Resource Centre. It costs a heap of money, but there is a 15 day free trial.

Manipulating Google Search Results

The NY Times has a very good story about how JC Penney manipulated Google search engine results. Google did not catch this until the NYT pointed this out. Once Google decided to act, Google manually changed the results. For many searches, JC Penny went from 1st place to about 75th place.