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Monster Energy Loses Trademark Opposition As UK IPO Mentions That The Letter 'M' Isn't Distinctive (techdirt)

Monster Energy: is there no trademark opposition they can't lose? The drink company, which might be more well known at this point for its trademark bullying than its beverages, has been handed loss after loss after loss after loss in trademark oppositions to everything from industrial paint manufacturers to the NBA and on to other beverage companies. Why the company spends so much time opposing trademarks is literally anyone's guess, but the losses all amount to the complete lack of potential co...
Tags: UK, News, Ipo, Eu, Monster Energy, Nba, Timothy Geigner, Marchington, Robert Marchington, Machington


A massive victory for fair use in the longrunning Dr Seuss vs Star Trek parody lawsuit

Back in 2016, the Dr Seuss estate won a preliminary court action against "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!" a crowdfunded parody of Dr Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" and Star Trek, written by veteran Star Trek creator David "Tribble" Gerrold and illustrated by the comics giant Ty Templeton. In 2017, Comicmix, the publisher, secured a partial legal victory, but the Seuss estate wasn't done -- they have been litigating ever since, but now it appears the fight is done, and Comicmix has pr...
Tags: Google, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Supreme Court, Law, Parody, Star Trek, Fair Use, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Timothy Geigner, Kirk, Mattel Inc


YouTube Filters At It Again: Pokemon YouTubers Have Accounts Nuked Over Child Porn Discussions That Weren't Occurring (techdirt)

It's clear at this point that the automated filtering and flagging done by YouTube is simply not good. Whatever legitimacy the platform might want to have by touting its successes must certainly be diminished by the repeated cases of YouTube flagging videos for infringing content that isn't infringing and the fact that the whole setup has been successfully repurposed by blackmailers that hold accounts hostage through strikes. While most of these failures center around ContentID's inability to ...
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Bbc, Timothy Geigner


David Assman Invalidates Canadian Government's Reason For Refusing Him His Name-Based Vanity License Plate (techdirt)

It's been a source of confusion for me over the past few years how there can possibly be so much conflict in the realm of vanity license plates. While I can understand the need for something in the way of rules when it comes to government-mandated plates, it's still the case that such plates are a form of expression and, given the government mandate, one would think the government would tread lightly when it comes to overly restrictive rules for them. And, yet, stories about agencies disallowing...
Tags: News, Timothy Geigner, Sgi, National Post, Assman, David Assman


YouTube's ContentID System Being Repurposed By Blackmailers Thanks To Its Failings

YouTube's content ID system has long been maligned by the music industry for its multifaceted failings. The minimal staffing YouTube provides regarding copyright claims has left the system vulnerable to misuse and, most recently, outright extortion. __________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt By now, we should all be aware that YouTube's ContentID system is not great. What was supposed to be an efficient way for content owners to report when their content i...
Tags: Music, Eu, Paypal, Guest Post, Minecraft, Music Business, Music Tech, Timothy Geigner, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, ObbyRaidz


Steam Responds To Epic's Competition By Weaponizing The Steam Community (techdirt)

Despite the occasional criticism over how it communicates to the public, I've generally been a fan of Valve's Steam platform. Valve's not perfect, of course, but the company has generally tried to make Steam a place that is friendly to both major publishers and indies, all while taking steps that have been quite good for the average gamer as well, especially when it comes to policing games and reviews to ensure everything is on the up and up. It's probably for this reason that Steam hasn't had t...
Tags: News, Epic, Metro, Timothy Geigner, Gog, Deep Silver, Metro Exodus, Deep Silver s Metro Exodus


Foreign Stream-Ripping Site Beats Labels, For Now

In the long-running industry-led crusade against stream ripping and torrent sites, the labels have typically come out on top in most battles, with the offending sites usually getting shuttered as a result. Not this time, however, with a foreign stream-ripping site chalking up a win against labels on jurisdictional grounds. ___________________________ [The RIAA has promised to appeal .] Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt It's been quite frustrating to watch the musi...
Tags: Music, Supreme Court, Russia, US, Hilton, Riaa, Timothy Geigner, District Court, Napster, Kurbanov, Sony Betamax, Tofig Kurbanov


Disney Goes All Disney On The Kingdom Hearts 3 Title Screen Over Streaming (techdirt)

When it comes to the idea of members of the public live-streaming video game gameplay, the world is an unpredictable place. Some developers and publishers are happy to allow such a display of their products, understanding a concept that is apparently difficult for others to grasp: playing a game is a very different thing than watching someone else play it. Those that are less permissive in streaming gameplay are typically the larger corporate interests that tend to believe in control above all e...
Tags: Japan, News, Youtube, Disney, West, Walt Disney Company, Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts, Timothy Geigner, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Goes All Disney, Square Enix Co Ltd


Music Groups Waste No Time Using Australia's New Copyright Law To Shut Down Stream Ripping Sites (techdirt)

Late last year, after Australia proposed amending its copyright laws, which included some subtle language changes, the country approved the amendments and we immediately warned that this would be abused, feature-creeped, and otherwise utilized by the content industries to restrict access to the internet in favor of their own bottom lines. One of the subtle language changes mentioned above consisted of going from allowing site-blocking of sites where their "primary purpose" was infringing activit...
Tags: News, Australia, Timothy Geigner, Sony Music, Australasian Performing Right Association APRA, Warner Music Australia Pty Limited Stream


Naperville, IL Development Project Forced To Drop Name To Avoid Public Confusing It With City 1.7K Miles Away (techdirt)

Lots of trademark disputes are stupid. Lots of trademark disputes portray a great deal of hand-wringing that is laughable at best. And lots of trademark disputes end up being settled despite not being even remotely valid. But very few trademark disputes have to do with the naming and promoting of commercial developments when the geography that separates them is over 1,700 miles. But that's the case in the recent news that the City of Naperville in Illinois has dropped the name of its Water Str...
Tags: News, Nevada, Illinois, Henderson, Timothy Geigner, Naperville, U S Patent and Trademark Office, Henderson Nev, Water Street District, Hotel Indigo Sparrow Cafe Southern Tide, Henderson Redevelopment Agency


Everybody Loses After Metal Band, Photographer Get Pissy Following Copyright Threat

In yet another messy and unfortunate copyright squabble, Timothy Geigner here breaks down a recent incident in which a photographer's copyright threat levied at a metal band caused all parties involved to go full nuclear and end up with egg on their faces. _____________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt In many, if not most, of the copyright disputes we cover here, the stance we take is not typically a purely legal one. Often times, we make mention that one pa...
Tags: Music, Social Media, Guest Post, Music Business, Timothy Geigner, Alissa, Arch Enemy, Salmerón, Publishing & Songwriting, J Salmerón


SoundCloud Troll's DMCA Takedowns Demonstrates Weakness Of System

DMCA takedown notices have received plenty of flack for their inaccuracy and rampant dissemination. Most recently trolls posing as rights holders have been able to take advantage of the DMCA's failure to closely look into any allegedly infringing material by getting them to issue takedown notices against completely legitimate content. __________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of TechDirt Much has been written at this point about the problems with various "notice and ta...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Streaming, Dmca, Soundcloud, Music Business, Music Tech, Timothy Geigner, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, Moonboy, Jaime Madsen


Denuvo: Every Download Is A Lost Sale For This Anonymous AAA Title We're Referencing, So Buy Moar Dunuvo! (techdirt)

The saga of antipiracy DRM company Denuvo is a long and tortured one, but the short version of it is that Denuvo was once a DRM thought to be unbeatable but which has since devolved into a DRM that cracking groups often beat on timelines measured in days if not hours. Denuvo pivoted at that point, moving on from boasting at the longevity of its protection to remarking that even this brief protection offered in the release windows of games made it worthwhile. Around the same time, security compan...
Tags: News, AAA, Timothy Geigner, Denuvo, Irdeto


Netflix Reminds Everyone That The Internet Isn't A Broadcast Medium With New Choose Your Own Adventure Shows (techdirt)

For over a decade, we have been making the point that the internet is a communications platform, not a broadcast medium. This seemingly obvious statement of fact has long been the subject of legacy content provider objections, which is part of what has led to much of the ongoing conflicts centering around intellectual property and digital business models. With big content players feeling control over their content slipping away in the internet, they have attempted to wrestle back that control by...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Netflix, Detroit, Timothy Geigner, Netflix Netflix


Music Group Cheers On Its Own Fake Antipiracy Victories (techdirt)

There's an old saying in statistics: figures don't lie, but liars figure. Nowhere is this more the case than when you hear numbers streaming from the mouths of those in the anti-piracy business and copyright industries. Examples of this are legion, from the infamous practice of Hollywood accounting rendering hilariously successful films to red-ink status, to bogus piracy costs, to industry claims that rely on every download being a lost sale, to the overall prevalence of piracy statistics more g...
Tags: Google, Europe, Hollywood, News, Timothy Geigner, Davy, Muso, Association of Independent Music AIM, Legal Business Affairs Gee Davy


Bittorrent Traffic Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share Thanks To Streaming Fragmentation

For a long time it looked as though the popularity of legal streaming services would be able to curb online piracy, but as streaming offerings continue to diversify, and more of the services continue to release their own original programming, the a la carte option of Bittorrent has seen a resurgence. _______________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of When it comes to the type of traffic the content industries are worried about regarding piracy, the present is no longe...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Music, Africa, Netflix, Guest Post, Middle East, Streaming, Bittorrent, Hulu, Music Business, Digital Music, Amazon Prime Video, Timothy Geigner, EMEA, Sandvine


CBS Bullies Fan Star Trek Project To Shut Down Despite Creators' Pleas For Instructions On Being Legit (techdirt)

Lawsuits and intellectual property disputes revolving around the Star Trek franchise are legion. This is largely due to just how massive and popular the franchise has been over the past decades and into the present. Still, we've seen all kinds of examples of how either the disputes are frivolous or silly, or cases in which IP owners had so many options open to them other than bullying and suing but chose to ignore those alternative routes. That brings us to Stage 9, a non-commercial labor of l...
Tags: News, Star Trek, Cbs, Timothy Geigner, Eurogamer, John Van Citters, Scragnog, CBS Sadly CBS, Van Citters


Express Homebuyers Wins Again As Court Decides Its Allowed To Have Opinions (techdirt)

We just recently discussed the very good ruling by Judge T.S. Ellis in a trademark lawsuit between Express Homebuyers USA and WBH Marketing Inc. over the latter's once-valid trademark, "We Buy Houses." Ellis not only concluded that Express Homebuyers' advertising that it too "buys homes" was not trademark infringement, but also went so far as to proclaim that WBH's mark was generic and invalidated it. The generic nature of the mark was obvious and it's a wonder the USPTO ever approved it, but in...
Tags: News, Virginia, America, United States, Timothy Geigner, Ellis, Eastern District of Virginia, Brad Chandler, T S Ellis III, T S Ellis, Express Homebuyers USA, WBH Marketing Inc, Express Homebuyers, WBH sued Express Homebuyers, Jeremy Brandt WBH, WBH


Movie Company Sues Post-Production Studio For $5 Million For Leaking 'Kickboxer' Film That Grossed $5k Domestically (techdirt)

It is no revelation that film studios have been in a sustained freakout for years over films that leak to the internet before they hit the theaters. While the freakout is somewhat understandable (nobody wants to plan out a film release only to have the product appear in a way outside those well-laid plans), much of the reasoning in the freakouts has to do with claims that the leaks eat into the profits the company would generate at the theater. This reasoning has been debunked many times over, m...
Tags: News, House, AAA, Timothy Geigner, Jean Claude Van Damme, Van Damme, Tunnel, Movie Company Sues Post, Tunnel Inc, Paul Sorrell


Disney Gets Early Loss In Trademark, Copyright Suit Against Unlicensed Birthday Party Characters (techdirt)

Late last year, we discussed a lawsuit brought by Disney against Characters For Hire, a small company that sends costume characters to children's birthday parties. Those characters, as we said at the time, are barely-altered clear homages to storied Disney-owned characters, such as Dark Lord (Dearth Vader) and Big Hairy Guy (sigh, Chewbacca). While Disney sued over both trademark and copyright, the alterations to the characters and the very clear disclaimer Characters For Hire puts on its site a...
Tags: New York, News, Disney, Leia, Timothy Geigner, U S District Court, Daniels, George Daniels, Nick Sarelli, Sarelli


Bruce Lee's Estate Gets Stiff Roundhouse Kick After Trying To Block Theater Company's Trademark (techdirt)

Those steeped in ownership culture often have the wrong idea when it comes to trademark laws. In the minds of some, trademark laws can be used like publicity rights laws, wherein a famous somebody -- or that somebody's heirs -- can use that fame to control all uses of references to that somebody for ever and ever. That, of course, is not how trademark laws work. Instead, trademark law is designed to protect the public from confusion by allowing some monopolistic use of names and terms in some ma...
Tags: UK, News, Ipo, Bruce Lee, James, Timothy Geigner, Lee, Intellectual Property Office, James And, Block Theater Company, Bruce Lee Enterprises, Barisons, Jun Fan, Bruce Lee Musical, Allan James of the


Accused Pirate Tries For Attorney's Fees After Copyright Troll Attempts To Run Away From Discovery (techdirt)

When we talk about the scourge that is copyright troll operations, and the wide path of legal destruction they've caused throughout the world, it can be easy to lose sight of just how precarious a business model it can be for the trolls. Loathe as any writer should be to engage in cliche, it is simply true that the best response to shut down this kind of non-litigious bullying is to simply punch back. After all, it is quite clear at this point that the last thing these trolling operations want a...
Tags: Utah, News, Timothy Geigner, Brinkley, Guardaley, Criminal Productions, Darren Brinkley


The War On Fan-Subtitles Comes To Australia in The Form Of Site-Blocking (techdirt)

One of the more curious fronts in the never ending copyright wars is the one launched against fan-made subtitles. The theory from the entertainment industry goes something like this: these subtitles allow pirates to download movies in foreign countries and then apply the subtitles to view them coherently, therefore it's all copyright infringement. It's a dumb argument on many levels, but chiefly because it's inescapably true that the entertainment industry has done an absolutely terrible job of ...
Tags: Europe, News, Australia, Court, Vodafone, Federal Court, Timothy Geigner, Nicholas, Telstra Optus Vocus TPG, Madman Entertainment


The US Army Gets Armistice With NHL Team Over 'Golden Knights' Trademark (techdirt)

NHL fans will likely still have fresh in their minds the surprising rookie season of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team that took the league by storm and lost in the Stanley Cup finals. Readers here may remember the team more for the fairly odd trademark dispute it was in with the -- checks notes -- United States Army, which for some reason opposed the team's trademark application due to the Army's college and paratrooping teams that go by the same name. At the time, we pointed ou...
Tags: News, United States, Army, NHL, US Army, Timothy Geigner, Foley, U S Army, United States Army, Bill Foley, Vegas Golden Knights


Texas A&M Wins Trademark Suit Against Soap Company In Washington State By Playing Six Degrees Of Trademark Licensing (techdirt)

Readers here will likely be aware of the tortured history of Texas A&M's "12th Man" trademark. If you're not, the term describes the fans of the team and their tendency to make so much noise to effect on-field play during games. A&M, which holds a trademark for the term, has made a name for itself as a trademark bully, going around and threatening basically anyone that uses anything remotely like that term, even as it has in the past infringed on the IP of others. The school has been so successf...
Tags: Texas, News, Washington, NFL, Uspto, Seattle Seahawks, Washington State, Seahawks, Timothy Geigner, Wins Trademark Suit Against Soap Company, Trademark Board


EPIC Bravely Defeats 14 Year Old's Mom In Court To Continue Lawsuit Against Her Son For Cheating In Fortnite (techdirt)

Earlier this year, we wrote about EPIC, makers of the popular Fortnite game, picking up the baton from Blizzard to pretzel copyright law such that it believes it can sue those that cheat in its game for copyright infringement. This belief centers on the claim that these cheaters break the EULA, despite the fact that no actual copying occurs when breaking a EULA. To make PR matters worse for EPIC, the company managed to sweep up a fourteen year old in its lawsuit-blitz. Despite the teenager suppo...
Tags: News, Timothy Geigner


Latest Denuvo Version Cracked Again By One Solo Hacker On A Personal Mission (techdirt)

Denuvo is... look, just go read this trove of backlinks, because I've written far too many of these intros to be able to come up with one that is even remotely original. Rather than plagiarize myself, let me just assume that most of you know that Denuvo is a DRM that was once thought to be invincible but has since been broken in every iteration developed, with cracking times often now down to days and hours rather than weeks or months. Key in this post is that much if not most of the work cracki...
Tags: News, Timothy Geigner, Denuvo, Voksi, Voksi Voksi, TorrentFreak Voksi


Danish Anti-Piracy Lawyers Jailed For Real, Actual Stealing From Copyright Holders (techdirt)

There's an old saying: once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a trend. It seems now we are officially in the coincidence part of that mantra. You will recall that we recently discussed famed author Chuck Palahniuk's apology for blaming piracy for his stagnant finances when the real story was that a business partner at his literary agency was simply stealing money from him. We noted at the time that this business partner was the one feeding Palahniuk the false story that ...
Tags: News, US, Deloitte, Copenhagen, Chuck Palahniuk, Timothy Geigner, Palahniuk, Antipiratgruppen, Johan Schlüter, Schlüter, Rights Alliance, Lars Halgreen, Susanne Fryland, Halgreen, Fryland


FlightSimLabs Installs More Questionable Stuff On Users' Machines, Then Threatens Reddit (techdirt)

Hopefully you will recall FlightSimLabs, the company that makes custom add-ons for computer flight simulation software. FSL made it onto our pages after a Reddit user noticed that every installation of FSL software, including that of a legitimate purchase, installed a file named "test.exe" which was not just a form of DRM, but which also serves as a Chrome password dumping tool, extracting user names and passwords from people's web browsers. Whatever the fuzzy line between DRM software and malwa...
Tags: News, Reddit, Timothy Geigner, Kelsey, CDA, FLS, FSL, Kalamaras, Lefteris Kalamaras, Simon Kelsey


S Is For Streisand: Sesame Street Decides To Offer Free Promotion To R-Rated Muppet Satire By Filing Trademark Claim (techdirt)

If you're of a certain age, then you will remember fondly Sesame Street, the educational programming once found on public broadcasting and now relegated to those with HBO subscriptions. The series dedicated its time to teaching children their letters and numbers, how to navigate childhood, and, above all, how to be kind to one another. The Happytime Murders, an R-rated film from the warped mind of Melissa McCarthy, which also has puppets at its center, is not Sesame Street. It features drug us...
Tags: Hbo, News, South Park, Melissa Mccarthy, Timothy Geigner, Sesame Workshop, Brian Henson, Fred Esq