Aug 152014

The South African Screen Federation (SASFED), Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA), University of Capetown IP Unit, and American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property will hold a public briefing on the implications of an international research project on “Copyright Users’ Rights and the Clearance Culture in South African Filmmaking.”

Jul 212014

In my scholarship and clinic work, I have been involved for the past several years in representing Native clients in the controversy surrounding the Washington NFL team’s disparaging trademark and related issues.  I have had the great privilege to work with Suzan Harjo, the national leader on this effort.  Building on this work,  I have [...]

Jul 152014

PIJIP Director Michael Carroll will testify today at 1:00 before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on the topic “Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term.” The full witness list for the hearing is available here. The full text of Michael Carroll’s prepared statement (PDF) follows: Chairman Coble, [...]

Jul 062014
Interview on ECJ Ruling on Transparency and the TTIP

Fannie Rascle — French journalist (@fannierascle) working for a website called, interviewed me today for an article about TTIP and transparency. Here are her questions and my answers. European Union documents relating to TTIP could be made public after a European Court of Justice ruling yesterday : do you think it is an important decision ? I am not an expert [...]

Jun 252014

[Cross posted from]  Today the Supreme Court struck a blow against consumer choice in the closely-watched *ABC v. Aereo* case, finding that the start-up’s service infringes copyright by allowing users to record and stream free over-the-air broadcast television signals to themselves over the Internet. The 6-3 decision featured a majority opinion authored by Justice [...]

Jun 192014

The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again cancelled the federal registration of the Washington NFL team’s name and related trademarks. In Blackhorse v. Pro Football, the agency found for the second time that the term “Redskin” is disparaging to Native Americans and therefore is barred from federal registration. “This is “trademark bullying” in [...]

Jun 162014

Today PIJIP Director Michael Carroll spoke at Enter Forum 2014, an “international internet privacy forum” hosted by the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona.   His talk will be part of a Round table with chairman Raquel Xalabarder that addresses the question “Has the Internet redefined the legal contract?” Click here for more on the event.

May 292014

Christine Haight Farley is featured in the USA Today story “How will pending trademark ruling impact Redskins name?” She describes how the Lanham Act’s prohibits the registration of trademarks that are disparaging to certain groups, such as native Americans.  Therefore, a trademark application for the Washington  team’s name would be “extraordinarily unlikely to pass” today.  Click here for the full [...]