Saturday, June 30, 2007

Opera Mini 4 Beta

As a counterweight to all the iPhone hype -- which I must say appears almost entirely well-deserved -- allow me to point the rest of us smartphone users to the new Opera Mini 4 Beta release. I use Opera Mini as my browser on my Treo 650, and other than the occasional freeze ups it's a nice solution. The new version piles on the bells and whistles, including zooming (like the iPhone!), and a "virtual mouse" for easier scrolling. If you're willing to deal with the potential issues that come with a beta, it's worth a try. I'll be installing it over the weekend and I'll report back with my reaction.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Obvious Post of the Day: Skyrocketing iPhone Domain Name Registrations

Name Intelligence, Inc. reports on the explosion of iPhone related domain name registrations.

There are more then four thousand new IPhone domain names floating around now and we expect another four thousand by the end of the year.

(Via CircleID)


Sunday, June 24, 2007

New York Lawmakers Propose Amendments to Rights of Publicity Law

In the wake of two major rights of publicity cases, one concerning Marilyn Monroe and the other concerning Jimi Hendrix, a bill has been proposed in New York to extend publicity rights post-mortem. Currently, the New York rights of publicity statute does not apply post-mortem. Due to application of New York law, the two cases mentioned above were both defeats for the parties claiming the post-mortem rights.(Via PhotoAttorney)


Brand Overload

The most branded product in the world? (via PopWink)


Friday, June 22, 2007

First Amendment Protects Posting of Illegal Recording of Arrest and Warrantless Search

Robert J. Ambrogi reports on an interesting First Circuit decision concerning the internet posting of an illegally made recording of an arrest and warrantless search of a residence by police. The court held that First Amendment prevents the police from interfering with sucha posting.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Print Ads Have Eyes

A company called Xuuk, Inc. is marketing a product called eyebox2, which it claims can automatically detect when someone looks at an advertisement from up to ten meters away.

Use it to track who's looking at your screen ads in the mall. Obtain detailed statistics on viewing behavior over time on any number of persons within view of a plasma display. Detect when a customer is looking at your product display. See what movie poster your audience is interested in. Or control your home theatre or first person shooter games with your eyes

That last sentence seems a bit out of place. Via MetaFilter.


Japan Rebrands Iwo Jima

Rebranding back to a previous name isn't just for corporations like AT&T. Japan has changed the name of Iwo Jima back to its pre-war name of Iwo To.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Martignon Bootlegging Case Reversed By the Second Circuit

The Second Circuit has upheld 28 USC 2319A(a)(1) and (3), and reversed the District Court's ruling of unconstitutionality. Professor Patry has more details on the opinion. The comments on Professor Patry's post are very interesting and well worth reading.


Copyright Office Roundtable Use of Music on the Internet

The Broadcast Law Blog has a good summary of a recent Copyright Office Roundtable concerning Section 115 and use of music online. The summary does a good job describing some of the ambiguities in the law and also the difficulties in resolving online licensing issues.


Gray Market Goods and State Laws

Jorge Espinosa has a great post over at The Gray Blog concerning state laws governing gray market goods.


Friday, June 08, 2007

NYPD Trademark Policing

According to am New York, the New York Police Department has filed a trademark infringement action against an Orlando-based pizzeria chain called NYPD Pizza alleging that the chain "intentionally and purposefully" designing its logo to look like the department's fabled shield and of decorating its pizzerias to resemble police precincts, complete with bills that look like summonses.

The article states that this is not the first time the parties have been involved in litigation of this sort. Five years ago the parties litigated similar claims, which ended with a settlement restricting NYPD Pizza's use of the NYPD logo.

According to the story The city receives 10 percent of the approximately $11 million annually in NYPD paraphernalia sold on the retail market by official licensees[.]


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Products Liability, Trademarks, and Counterfeiting

The New York Times reports on the lethal consequences of counterfeiting. (via Likelihood of Confusion).

See also posts here and here.