This blog covers FRESH and INTERESTING 21st century legal issues in a variety of areas including patent, trademark, copyright, IT, (social) media law, online piracy, and music law. You are welcome to post comments. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter is more than ever interested in a sale
Fresh and interesting article posted on TechCrunch about how Twitter's stock has been under pressure for months, as the company struggles to boost user growth and the potential sale.
"Twitter continues to inch its way to a sale process, and the latest developments come in the form of alleged bids from potential buyers. Today CNBC is reporting, and we have also independently heard, that both Google and Salesforce are interested in buying the company. We have additionally heard that Microsoft and Verizon have also been knocking, although right now Verizon (which also owns AOL, which owns us), may have a little too much on its plate.
Twitter currently has a market cap of $13.3 billion, and it opened for trading today with a jump of nearly 22%, in response to all these whispers.
Google, Microsoft and Verizon have been reported as potential suitors in the past (one recent article here), and what we’re hearing about the Microsoft interest is that it, in part, is an attempt by the company to drive the price up and keep it out of Salesforce’s hands. That begs another point, though: Of the three companies that we’ve heard about, the one that might be most surprising as a suitor is Salesforce.
Salesforce currently has around half of the current market cap of Twitter in its own cash reserves, meaning that if it acquired the company, it would need to raise the remainder elsewhere if it’s an all-cash deal, or it would need to make the rest of the purchase in shares. It would be the highest-ever acquisition by the very acquisitive Salesforce, which has already spent more than $4 billion on acquisitions in the first six months of this year.
Mauvaise nouvelle pour les utilisateurs du site
« The Pirate Bay ». L’Avocat Général (« AG ») SZPUNAR vient
pratiquement d’annoncer son naufrage ! Dans son avis du 08 février 2017, il a
conclu d’une part que « The Pirate Bay » (« TPB »)
communique des œuvres au public et d’autre part que les fournisseurs d'accès à
Internet (« FAI ») peuvent bloquer l’accès au site TPB vu son rôle « crucial »
dans le partage de ces fichiers illicites.
The Pirate Bay sème la terreur depuis 2003… On connait tous sa
légende. C’est Le plus grand serveur torrent du web. Il bombarde les
ayants-droits depuis presque 15 ans. Il ne laisse jamais de survivant ; ou
très rarement. C’est l’intermédiaire
qui permet aux utilisateurs de partager les contenus (illégaux) en peer-to-peer. En effet, 90 à 95 % des
fichiers partagés sur le réseau du TPB contiennent des œuvres protégées et
distribuées sans le consentement des ayants droit. D’où vient-on ? Pourquoi cette affaire ?
Des Pays-Bas. D’un côté,
nous avons la soc…
Fresh and interesting article posted by WIPR concerning a European patent for a "device for preparing a drink extracted from a capsule", owned by Ethical Coffee Company (ECC). As you all know, Nespresso machines brew espresso from coffee capsules, a type of pre-apportioned single-use container of ground coffee and flavorings. In the case at hand, ECC, a Swiss Company, also creating capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, is suing Nestlé, in Paris, for alleged patent infringement. In other words, ECC is not happy with the way Nestlé modified the Nespresso machines back in 2010, keeping competitors’ capsules out of them and, more importantly, violating the patented "harpoon mechanism".
It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan! Not only the first new epic
Lucasfilm 's spinoff Star Wars soon arrives in theaters (“Rogue One: A Star
Wars Story”) but a new case involving Lucasfilm’s trademarks has been filed in
California. The production company filed this action to protect against
infringement of their intellectual property (IP) rights, including but not limited
to their ownership of “Star Wars”, “Jedi”, “Lightsaber” trademarks, and the logo
of the Jedi Order. Nearly 38 years after the original Star
Wars movie hit the big screen, fans are still trying to use and feel the Force.
Without success. In the meantime, Lucasfilm (owned by Disney) is engaged in the
successful business of merchandising and licensing of distinctive characters
and elements associated with their movies, and of course the protection of
their IP rights. What’s
the case all about? As you know, Lucasfilm owns several
U.S trademarks, trade names, registrations, that incorporate and/or refer to