The German Proposal on a New Leistungsschutzrecht – Endangering Press Diversity and the Digital Economy

Shortly before the next elections in Germany which will take place exactly a year from now, the German government set into motion the adoption of a new copyright law that, if it passed parliament, would be unique in the world. Unique, however, in every negative sense of the word. In essence, the German government would…

How To Reboot WIPO

As CCIA Geneva Representative Nick Ashton-Hart writes in his IP Watch op ed this week, the entire intellectual property community knows there are problems with the World Intellectual Property Organization. “WIPO’s accountability, transparency, and governance are not fit for purpose in the 21st century,” he said. The piece goes on to offer brief details on six reforms…

France’s 3 Strikes “Hadopi” to be Abolished; U.S. Preparing Copyright Alert System

Certain industries who prioritize controlling their content expend considerable amounts of time and money on lobbying for legislation, such as SOPA and PIPA.  However, the RIAA, one of the most vocal supporters, allegedly conceded in a recently leaked report that the SOPA/PIPA “legislation [was] not likely to have been effective tool for music.”  So not only is there uncertainty as…

SHIELD Act Against Patent Trolls Introduced In House

Two members of Congress have introduced legislation to help innovators combat patent trolls.  HR 6245 co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs for nuisance lawsuits where the plaintiff made legal claims that had little chance of succeeding. The legislation comes just after a Boston…

Congress Offers SHIELD Against Junk Patent Lawsuits

Two members of Congress have introduced legislation to help innovators combat patent trolls. The bill, dubbed the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act) or HR 6245, co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs for nuisance lawsuits where the plaintiff made…