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YOUTUBE FACING MORE COPYRIGHT CHALLENGES
According to this article, videos of the hit rap song "Smack That" have been viewed more than half a million times on the popular Web site YouTube. That doesn’t include the countless amateur videos of young people lip-syncing to its infectious beat or ones where the song is used as a soundtrack for everything from pro soccer matches to original animation. But most, if not all, of this has been done without the permission of the rappers, their record company or the songwriters’ publishers.
It is a common scenario on YouTube, one that the Internet’s hottest video-sharing site, concerned about lawsuits and loss of content that could derail it, has been working to resolve. The company is negotiating licensing agreements with TV and music companies. Read more.
"YouTube Finds Signing Rights Deals Complex, Frustrating," By KEVIN J. DELANEY, ETHAN SMITH and BROOKS BARNES / Wall Street Journal free feature : November 3, 2006; Page B1
Federal Judge Orders Release of Cheney’s Visitor Logs
In response to a FOIA request filed by the Washington Post seeking the records of persons who visited the Vice President’s residence and White House Office, D.C. District Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina issued a memo opinion granting plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction (25 pages, PDF).
By the Linklaters firm, in London; contact Jacqueline Jones-Parry at e-mail: email@example.com
Let’s hear it for The Little Polar Bear!
The German Federal Patent Court decided in a recently published decision that the designation “Der kleine Eisbär” (“The little Polar Bear”) is registrable as a word mark for “recorded data carriers, exposed films and printed matters”. Der kleine Eisbär is a cartoon character which is very popular in Germany, especially among children.
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office had rejected the application for several goods and services, due to a lack of distinctiveness. The Office thought that the relevant public would understand the designation as a mere description of contents and not as an indication of origin. The applicant appealed successfully against that decision.
The Federal Patent Court said that the designation Der kleine Eisbär was not a mere description of contents but a fantasy title that was distinctive with respect to the relevant goods and services, according to section 8 para. 2.1 of the German Trade Mark Law (Markengesetz). It held that the designation did not relate only to goods (eg recorded films or printed matters) that dealt with young or little polar bears, but to a concrete individual, namely the cartoon character Der kleine Eisbär. The court therefore thought that the relevant public would understand Der kleine Eisbär to be an indication of the origin of the company that produces the goods and services in connection with the animal character.
As a result, the Court held that the trade mark was not descriptive and did not lack the ability to distinguish the goods and services of one company from those of another. It was not relevant whether the mark had been accepted among the relevant trade circles.
The United Nations Environment Program, Yale University, and more than 200 scientific publishers announced that they are setting up a portal to provide scientists and policy makers in developing countries with free or low-cost access to research articles in environmental science. The initiative, called Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), will provide free access to educational and policy institutions in 70 low-income countries and will offer access at a nominal cost to institutions in 36 "lower-middle-income countries," according to a press release. The project will cover over 1,200 journals and is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. From The Wired Campus, a service of the Chronicle of Higher Ed.