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Worried and Unhappy
- The EFF is worried about the ramifications of the Patent Office's new patent eligibility guidelines.
- The Japanese government is putting some copyright amendments on hold because of concerns about chilling effects.
- House Democrats are beginning to look into some of the business dealings, including trademark registrations, of Ivanka Trump.
- In Germany Wikipedia will go offline for 24 hours this week to bring attention to proposed copyright changes.
- Senator Warren's ads calling for the breakup of Facebook were briefly taken down because they “violated [Facebook's] policies against the use of [their] corporate logo."
Arcades, Tear Gas, and Hip-Hop
- What's one way to stop car thieves? This car sprays them with tear gas.
- A Brooklyn-based arcade bar, Barcade, diligently enforces the company's trademarked name. The owner says the name is "one of the biggest headaches" he has had.
- When is a threat to kill considered art rather than a legitimate threat?
Odds and Ends
- LegalForce, better known as Trademarkia, and LegalZoom are wrapped up in a trademark dispute. LegalZoom has the upper hand, for now.
- Google wants in on the folding phone resurgence.
- An outgoing Sony chairman wrote a harshly worded letter to streaming companies that are appealing the Copyright Royalty Board's royalty rates.
See you next week!
Hannah from Alt Legal