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While waiting for service under the Hague Convention to be completed, we served Defendant, located in London, via International Federal Express on November 17 and filed a declaration concerning service with the Court, explaining exactly what we did.
Today I received an e-mail from the Court stating that the Defendant has been served and the Answer is due December 8. We have a case management conference scheduled for January 14, 2004.
Somma v. GOSH is a case about defending the rights of authors to write new stories about characters in the public domain, like Peter Pan. While waiting for service under the Hague Convention to be completed, we served Defendant, located in London, via International Federal Express on November 17 and filed a declaration concerning service with the Court, explaining exactly what we did.
I was looking for something else when I accidentally pulled up this Peter Pan Fan Website which is always interesting. This chap likes to dress up as Peter Pan, and in the spirit of J.M. Barrie, he uses his Peter Pan website to raise money for children's charities, notably the Make-A-Wish Foundation. According to his site, he was just here in the Bay Area being interviewed for Tech TV.
Chris Sprigman alerted me to Major League Baseball's attempt to misuse copyright in its broadcasts to try to prevent sports websites from providing facts, real time, about ball games, play by play, urging that such speech constitutes an exhibition of copyrighted work.
Chris also pointed out a Second Circuit decision about basketball that makes it pretty clear that MLB's argument should be scored an error. Download file.
Patent Avenger Jason Schultz is back from the East and through his blog I found Assessment Technologies v. WIREdata, Inc., No. 03-2061, 7th Cir. November 25, 2003, a case "about the attempt of a copyright owner to use copyright law to block access to data that not only are neither copyrightable nor copyrighted but were not created or obtained by the copyright owner." Naturally I was intrigued.
Here's the opinion
The Copyright Office is still trying to figure out what to do about back recordkeeping supposed to be provided by webcasters from the passage of the DMCA in October, 1998 through N, where N equals whenever the Copyright Office gets around to promulgating its interim regulations on Notice and Recordkeeping. Toward that end the Office sought comments on what to do about past recordkeeping (which to a large extent doesn't exist).
Saturday's New York Times had a nice article by Dinitia Smith about Carol Loeb Shloss's new biography Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake. While many books about Joyce have seen his daughter Lucia as a sad, rejected, madwoman in the attic, Shloss proves that Lucia, who was a brilliant author in her own right and a gifted dancer, was a muse to Joyce and an inspiration for Finnegan's Wake.
The Federal Circuit will hear oral argument en banc in the Knorr-Bremse Systeme v. Dana Corp. appeal on February 5, 2004, according to a November 13, 2003 order received today. I filed an amicus brief in this case on behalf of Public Patent Foundation.
Stanford's Cyberlaw Clinic will be closed up tight this holiday week, but on December 29, the Librarian of Congress will be filing his brief in response to the various consolidated appeals from his June, 2002 Order setting rates and terms for digital transmission rights used in webcasting. Under the D.C. Circuit's new scheduling order of November 13, reply briefs by petitioners will be due February 12, 2004, the deferred appendix on February 19, final briefs on March 4. And then, perhaps, at long last, the Court will set a hearing date for oral argument.
November 17, 2003- U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel heard oral argument on plaintiffs' motion for preliminary relief enjoining Diebold from further interfering with their using the Internet to disseminate internal documents of Diebold concerning dangerous vulnerabilities and defects in Diebold's electronic voting machines, in use and being considered for use in numerous voting jurisdictions. After oral argument, the Judge stated that he still needed time to digest and weigh all the arguments, so there is no ruling yet.
Yesterday, November 13, the Court held a Case Management Conference in Open Source Yoga Unity v. Bikram Choudhury. I appeared, along with James Harrison, for OSYU; Akin Gump lawyers appeared for Bikram. Judge Phyllis Hamilton began the conference by observing that this case is one of the most interesting she's had all year. The good news: Judge Hamilton gets it. She completely understands our argument that a "method" of stretching and exercising is not copyrightable subject matter.
Today a California Federal District Court agreed to expedite the process that will determine whether two Swarthmore students may post internal corporate documents that demonstrate that Diebold's electronic voting machines are flawed on their web site. CIS represents the students who are arguing that the fair use privilege protects their posting, even if the documents are copyrighted.