Movie Studios Can’t Sue File Sharers Collectively

Judge William Alsup, in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation et al. v. Does 1-12, Case No. C 04-04862 WHA in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ruled on November 16, 2004 that plaintiffs, several movie studios, couldn’t sue several alleged “John Doe” defendant file sharers collectively in one suit. Instead, they must sue each defendant individually. Joinder of unrelated defendants violated FRCP 20 since, although the basic claim was similar, the Continue reading Movie Studios Can’t Sue File Sharers Collectively

International Trademark Protection

The U.S. has been a party to the Madrid System, which allows international registration of marks with a single application in the U.S. PTO, since November 2, 2003. The Madrid System is governed by the Madrid Protocol (1891) and WIPO. As a prerequisite to obtaining an international registration in the U.S. PTO under the Madrid System, the mark must be pending or registered in the U.S. PTO. Subsequently, international registration can be made, prosecuted and Continue reading International Trademark Protection

2 Found Guilty of 3 Felony Spam Counts in VA

Jeremy Jaynes, 30, and his sister Jessica DeGroot, 28, both of the Raleigh, North Carolina, area were both found guilty of three felony charges each for using phony Internet addresses to send large volumes of e-mail ads through an AOL server in Loudoun, Virginia. The jury recommended 9 years in prison for Jaynes, and $7500 in fines for DeGroot for violating Virginia’s anti-spam laws. Read the article at The Washington Post (registration required).

MPAA to Sue P2P Movie File Sharers

The Motion Picture Industry of America is getting to ready to launch a series of copyright infringement suits against illegal P2P movie file sharers. Videotaped copies of films in theaters often are digitized or burned off DVDs and then distributed on file-sharing networks accessed with software programs like eDonkey, Kazaa and Grokster. Read the article at U.S.A. Today.