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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Exemptions Under DMCA Expanded By Copyright Office

Posted in Copyright
The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) has some new exemptions, under a final rule published by the United States Copyright Office in the Federal Register that went into effect on October 28. The Act provides that, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights (which is a division of the Library of Congress), the … Continue Reading

Electronic Arts Steps Up Its Defense of Its Sims Franchise Against A Popular Social Media Game Developer

Posted in Copyright, Internet, Technology
On August 3, 2012, Electronic Arts filed a copyright infringement complaint against Zynga, Inc. for infringing its copyrights in the Sims franchise, specifically for infringing on the game The Sims Social with Zynga’s The Ville. As the  complaint details, The Sims Social launched in August 2011 on Facebook.  The Sims Social allows players to create … Continue Reading

U.S. International Trade Commission Publishes Proposed Rules To Limit E-discovery

Posted in Technology
Today, the ITC published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would change the rules in 19 CFR 210.  These proposed changes were promulgated after a forum on e-discovery in Section 337 investigations held in July 2011.  After the forum, the ITC considered proposals from various associations, including the American Bar Association Intellectual Property section, various … Continue Reading