Items tagged "Enforcement"

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Judge Vacates Order Holding PIR In Contempt, Leaves Door Open For “Aiding and Abetting” Charge

June 28, 2011 Enforcement , International , Piracy , Trademark

In yet another turn in our ongoing coverage of the North Face counterfeiting case, The Public Interest Registry is no longer being held in contempt for resolving domains associated with the counterfeiters’ websites. The Judge agreed with the PIR’s analysis regarding the court’s authority to hold in contempt a nonparty for which there was no in personam jurisdiction:

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UPDATE: Public Interest Registry Takes Counterfeit Domains Off The Web

June 24, 2011 Enforcement , International , Network Neutrality , Piracy , Trademark

I recently wrote a post about a string of counterfeit clothing websites, and how a New York District judge held the Public Interest Registry in contempt for failing to remove the counterfeit domains from its database. Just a heads-up: as of June 24th, 2011 at 9:44 AM EST, the counterfeit domain names (such as cheapnorthface.org) no longer resolve. I assume this means that PIR took action to remove the domain names from its registry, as per the judge’s stay order.

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Court holds Public Interest Registry In Contempt For Resolving Counterfeit Domains – Wait, It Can

June 17, 2011 Enforcement , International , Piracy , Trademark

Try entering “CHEAPNORTHFACECLOTHING.COM” into your browser and see what pops up. Should be nothing. The domain was one of many to be permanently shut down, due to an injunction granted by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in the Southern District of New York. The domain, if you didn’t guess by the name, led to a site that sold cheap clothes claiming to be North Face, and was part of a network of counterfeit clothing websites mimicking everything from Polo Ralph Lauren to Nike. In all, the list of literally thousands of seized domains represented the largest counterfeiting ring ever discovered in internet history. OK, now try typing in “CHEAPNORTHFACE.ORG.” As of time of writing, that address leads to an active site.

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PK In the Know Podcast

June 10, 2011 Enforcement , Network Neutrality

On today’s podcast we discuss the engineers of the Internet coming out against PIPA, why Glenn Beck might soon become a champion of net neutrality, and chat with the guys behind Kill Switch, a new documentary about the open Internet.

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Internet Engineers Criticize PROTECT IP DNS Plan

June 6, 2011 Enforcement , International , Internet Protocol

Recently, a group of five prominent Internet engineers released a paper detailing security and technical concerns regarding DNS filtering in rogue website legislation like the PROTECT IP Act. The paper highlights three broad sources of harm stemming from mandated DNS redirects: interference with existing DNS security measures, problems resulting from circumvention, and collateral damage from DNS interdependencies. Coupled with the ease with which DNS filtering can be circumvented, the paper shows the cost-benefit of proposals like PROTECT IP to be clearly in the red.

DNS Security

The first major problem is the tension between DNS filtering and the DNS Security Extensions, or DNSSEC.

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PK In the Know Podcast

May 20, 2011 Enforcement , FCC , MPAA , Music , RIAA

On this week’s podcast we discuss increasing transparency at the FCC in light of Commissioner Baker’s announced departure to Comcast, a proposed warrantless entry law for copyright violators in California, and how you can follow in Jonathan Coulton’s successful footprints with the Creators Freedom Project co-sponsored Rock Your Net workshops.  We also discuss “nothing less than a frontal assault on academic fair use” with the Association of Research Libraries’ Brandon Butler.

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COICA v. 2.0: the PROTECT IP Act

May 12, 2011 Choke Points , DMCA , Enforcement , Piracy , Safe Harbor

The Senate is gearing up for another go-round on rogue websites legislation, and this time, they’ve jettisoned the “COICA” label in favor of calling it the “PROTECT IP Act.” Like a summer blockbuster sequel, it tightens up some things, adds a few new villains, but in the end reprises the same general plot.

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2011 Special 301 Report: Still Oblivious to Public Interest

May 4, 2011 Enforcement , Special 301

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued the 2011 Special 301 Report yesterday afternoon. For those unfamiliar with the Special 301 Reports, these are reports that the Trade Act requires the USTR to publish every year identifying countries that fail to provide “adequate and effective protection” to intellectual property (IP) rights of U.S. persons. Over the years, these reports have turned into an annual exercise of naming countries whose domestic IP policies do not meet the unrealistic expectations of IP rights holders. I have written before about our concerns with these reports. These concerns remain true for this year’s report as well.

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Royal Wedding Knock Offs: Champagne v. Soda Pop

May 3, 2011 Enforcement , Fashion Copyright , Piracy

Moments after seeing Kate Middleton emerge from the limousine on her wedding day last Friday, fashion designers all over the world pulled out their sketchbooks and got to work copying the dress. The usual celebrity dress copy-artists came out of the woodwork: a version of the gown by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz is already finished and will be in stores by June 30; New York fashion house Faviana also has a version that will head to production soon; and the Chinese Muyi Wedding Dress Company already has a $320 version for sale in Suzhou.

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Sheet Music Domain Goes Down Over Bogus Copyright Claim

April 22, 2011 DMCA , Enforcement , Public Domain , Safe Harbor

Yesterday, IMSLP, a website dedicated to archiving public domain sheet music lost its domain name due to a complaint sent by the UK’s Music Publishers Association to the site’s registrar, GoDaddy. The notice incorrectly claimed that IMSLP’s copy of Rachmaninoff’s The Bells infringed copyright. (Coverage by TorrentFreak, Michael Geist, and BoingBoing.)

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