The Senate Judiciary Committee recently passed the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act by a unanimous vote, moving the legislation to the full Senate.
On September 20, 2010, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Leahy (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation, S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, with a stated purpose of combating online copyright infringement and piracy.
The DOJ submitted comments on the proposed amended class action settlement agreement between Google Inc. and author and publisher groups to resolve copyright infringement issues arising from Google’s efforts to create an online digital library by scanning books from various sources.
In the next few months, there will be new legislation (or, failing that, continued antitrust agency enforcement efforts) to restrict the use of litigation settlement agreements to resolve disputes between pharmaceutical industry IP rights holders and generic drug companies.
Three weeks before the November elections, President Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (PROIPA), Public Law 110-403.
Congress is considering several bills purporting to strengthen the rights and remedies available to copyright and trademark holders, and make it easier to prosecute repeat offenders by creating a new federal agency to oversee intellectual property enforcement.
Defying what seemed like insurmountable odds, Congress recently passed legislation toughening enforcement against overseas Internet gambling operators through criminalizing their acceptance of payments from U.S. customers...