If you help pirates to make money from ads, it's unlikely to solve copyright problems.

Canadian court finds Subway’s trademark rights infringed by cannabis retailer that adopted “Budway” parody mark

jdsupra.com/legalnews/federal-

Sounds reasonable. I would say there is an obvious risk of confusing consumers who might thing that Subway is just growing their business 🤷‍♀️

Martin Scorsese: "And we have to make it crystal clear to the current legal owners of these films that they amount to much, much more than mere property to be exploited and then locked away.”

// Jeff Bezos thinks our cultural heritage is just ‘intellectual property’

amp.theguardian.com/commentisf

💊 Russia: The first ever case of challenging a compulsory license is considered. The Supreme Court rejected the claim of the US company Gilead, the owner of the patent for remdesivir.

t.me/IPWbyCLAIMS/1941

Germany rejects US-backed proposal to waive vaccine :
"the protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so".

Well, yep. However, as article 14(2) of German Basic Law states: "Property entails obligations. Its use shall also serve the public good".

bbc.com/news/world-europe-5701

That is what me and my colleagues have talked many times: corporations serving big social systems become new quasi-jurisdictions in image of archaic institutes. Significance of corporate quasi- is high as significance of corporations decisions at all - especially for and protection.

Believe me, blocking of social web pages under an administration's decision may be more effective than taking a action. And this practice must be researched.

newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-t

The day before 2021, the Russian Government obliged two US companies to issue licenses to their patents for Remdesivir (antiviral medication used to treat ) to the Russian company. This is the 1st time in history when the Government used this opportunity under the art. 1360 of the Russian Civil Code.

On April 1, these US companies filed a claim against the Russian Government. The hearing will be held on May 27.

vsrf.ru/lk/practice/cases/1108

As much as this is obvious for me, as a lawyer of continental law, that law texts are not protected by copyright, as much this strikes me that in The Commonwealth the laws are protected by Crown and Parliamentary copyright and may be freely used under the Open Government License.

When people tell me robots cannot be copyright holders of works they created because robots are not persons, I just notice that the rivers became legal persons in India. Rivers! That's right, rivers can have rights.
Seriously:
🔗 newsweek.com/human-rights-wate

And it's ok.
Law is just an instrument to make the world a better place. We can imagine and establish any legal institutes we want. So if it is useful to grant rivers, robots or even spoons with rights, we can just do it.

The collaboration of GUCCI and Sims 4 moders! Sounds amazing, but I suppose it can be determined as the violation of the license agreement between EA and players. I am also not sure that there is no trademark infringement of Sims 4 brand.

equilibrium.gucci.com/gucci-of

COVID-19: save lives with open intellectual-property licences
nature.com/articles/d41586-020

I'm proud of being an associate at the company that supports Open COVID Pledge. We help right holders to share their intellecual property. I'm sure this will make the world better, and I'm happy to be the part of this movement.

claimsip.com/priority-help/

Neil Young sues Donald Trump campaign for using his music. The musician claims that Rockin’ in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk were played at the president’s recent rally in Tulsa without a license.
amp.theguardian.com/music/2020

It's really funny, because 5 years ago Trump campaign manager promised they will stop using Young's music. Moreover, the used song was the same.
rollingstone.com/politics/poli

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Free licenses actually can't make software completely free. Software can be protected not only by copyright, but also by trademarks, design rights and patents.
The perfect illustration is Tinder. Let me just show you IP protection of Tinder in US.

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Owners of web services often don't understand this, but the text of the Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy is intellectual property. Although most of these texts are very similar, this doesn't mean that unauthorized copying of them (even with minor editing) isn't an infringement.

If you have no objection to copying your texts by other people, don't forget to add this notice and refer to some kind of free license.

1. Do you remember in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Ginny Weasley wrote scary texts in blood on the wall while posessed by the Tom Riddle spirit?

A strange question: Who has the copyright to these texts – Ginny or Tom?

A strange answer: The same question has been considered by UK and US courts.

Here is a thread about the copyright to texts dictated by spirits and ghosts 👻

Who do you think is the owner of the Dogbook social network?

If you think about Facebook, then it really makes sence for Facebook to file an opposition before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board against applicant Daniel Stallard’s DOGBOOK trademark application over the likelihood of confusion and dilution of FACEBOOK trademark.

But if not... Daniel Stallard has to fight for its brand protection.

lawstreetmedia.com/tech/facebo

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Russian rock musician Andrey Makarevich, leader of the band "Mashina Vremeni", is going to sue a deputy of the City Council of Novosibirsk from the party "United Russia" (the ruling political party of Russia) for using a line from his song in campaigning.

pdmnews.ru/14814/

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