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Friday’s Endnotes – 06/11/21

Copyright controversy erupts as prominent scholars urge veto of ALI restatement — “In 2018, Balganesh, Menell and Nimmer asked ALI’s governing council to consider their objection to the restatement’s black letter departures from the language of the Copyright Act. The council, according to Balganesh,

Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week

This Kat finds IP rivetingNo matter when you get round to it, it's never too late to catch up with the IPKat.CopyrightAhead of the DSM Directive transposition deadline of 7 June, PermaKat Eleonora Rosati reported on the key highlights of the European Commission's newly-issued Guidance on t

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources (OER)

American University’s Washington College of Law, along with other academic contributors, has launched the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources (the Code). This forty-plus page report, the goal of which is to assist professors, teachers, librarians, and other educators in

The EU General Court on relative grounds for refusal: the Chanel judgment

On 21 April 2021, the EU General Court issued its ruling in Chanel, T‑44/20, ECLI:EU:T:2021:207, concerning the relative grounds for refusal established in Articles 8(1)(b) and 8(5) of previous Regulation No 207/2009 (now Articles 8(1)(b) and 8(5) of Regulation 2017/1001).The action for annulment wa

Why We Will Never Agree About Plagiarism

If you take a survey and ask a diverse group of individuals whether it is acceptable for someone to take someone else’s work and pass it off as their own, nearly everyone will say no. Pretty much everyone agrees that plagiarism is unethical. This transcends all cultures, ages and everything else tha

El Salvador passes law that makes Bitcoin legal tender

The tiny Central American nation of El Salvador has been in the news this week after its legislature passed a new law that recognises Bitcoin as legal tender. The law was proposed by its president, Nayib Bukele just a couple of days before, and it was rushed through and approved […]

3 Count: Roblox Roadblock

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Roblox Sued for $200M+ by Music PUblishers, Who Allege Copyright Infringement First off today, Tim Ingham at Music Business Worldwide reports that a group of independent music publishers, led by the National Music Pub

New standard contractual clauses adopted by the European Commission

By Katja Garvey On June 4, 2021, the European Commission (EC) adopted a modernized set of standard contractual clauses for international data transfers (New SCCs) aimed at better protection of the data businesses transfer out of the European Union (EU). These New SCCs, which will take effect on June

How Star Trek may be contributing to COVID-19 vaccine skepticism

The Star Trek series seems, well, galaxies away, from our struggles with COVID-19. Until it isn’t. Consider the following. The Star Trek series was singular in multiple ways, not the least its contribution to our cultural lexicon: “Go where no man [later: “no one”] has gone before”, here; “Beam me u

IP Valuation

Free Webinar June 11 14h00 -15h00 GMT = 15h00-16h00 CETRegister for free at:   What this Event is About:  The recent 1.2 billion trademark backed loan American Airlines obtained, the valuation of Michael Jackson’s ‘name and likeness’ for tax

How Did a Plagiarized Textbook Get Published?

The Periodic Table: Nature’s Building Blocks is a first edition chemistry textbook that was published by Elsevier in December of last year. However, if you attempt to acquire a copy from the publisher, you’ll find that it has been retracted with the chapters being replaced by a retraction notice. As

[Guest post] Retromark Volume IX: the last six months in trade marks

Darren Meale of Simmons & Simmons presents the ninth volume in his rundown of notable trade mark cases over the past six months. Retromark Volume IX: the last six months in trade marksby Darren MealeThis volume was due a few months ago, but then my son was born and my capacity for blogging (alon