Alt Legal IP News - Issue #114

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Water Cooler Talk

- NASA patents aren't just for use in space. They are also available to business owners.

- The USPTO named a new Deputy Director.

- Salesforce is going to try to use blockchain technology to identify spam emails.

Music Business

- Lorde is alleging that Kanye and Kid Cudi stole her set design. Kanye's set designer has refuted this claim by posting images of a similar set she designed in 2007.

- A diner is being sued for hosting live performances and karaoke without the proper licenses.

- 24-Carat Black were sampled by some of the world's biggest artists, and they are still broke. 

YouTube, Fake Money, & Jeff Koons

YouTube has paid over $3 billion to copyright owners identified by their anti-piracy tool, Content ID. 

- An Israeli bank was successful in their claims of copyright infringement against counterfeiters.

- A Paris court found Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarizing a 1985 ad campaign.


 Odds and Ends

- The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts, who are soon to be the Scouts BSA.

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 - A new initiative by ChIPs is seeking gender parity in intellectual property practices by surveying the efforts being made to include and advance women.

- The US is teaming up with Taiwan to fight IP theft.

- The Acting Attorney General was previously involved with World Patent Marketing, a company that scammed thousands of dollars from inventors.

See you next week!

Hannah from Alt Legal