U.S. Appeals Court rules in favor of World Programming Limited in the case against SAS Institute
Originally posted by Internet & Social Media Law Blog
On April 6, 2023, the US Court of Appeals upheld Judge Gilstrap's ruling in the SAS Institute, Inc. v. World Programming Limited case. The ruling denied SAS Institute's data analysis software copyright protection, which has significant consequences for software developers who use copyright law to safeguard their work. The ruling also raises concerns about how non-literal software elements are protected, as well as how the court determines copyrightability using the abstraction-filtration-comparison infringement test and the burden-shifting framework.
CATIA copyright infringement case in China
Originally posted by The National Law Review
Dassault Systemes Co., Ltd. has won a CATIA copyright infringement case in China against IAT Automobile Technology Co., Ltd., which was found to have copied and installed 103 sets of CATIA series of computer software without authorization. The Beijing Intellectual Property Court has awarded Dassault 20 million RMB in damages and an injunction against IAT, and found IAT guilty of obstructing evidence preservation by using virtual desktop software during the court evidence preservation process.
Spotify CEO addresses copyright threat from AI
Originally posted by MBW
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discussed concerns about AI-generated music and its impact on intellectual property rights. He acknowledged that the use of AI in music has raised legitimate concerns, including issues of copyright ownership and the use of an artist's name and likeness without permission. Spotify is reportedly working to establish a position that allows innovation while protecting creators on its platform. Ek noted that the use of AI in music is an early and fast-developing space, and the entire industry is trying to figure out how to handle it.
Bulgaria Introduces Prison Sentences for Online Piracy
Originally posted by TorrentFreak
Bulgaria's Council of Ministers has approved a draft law that criminalizes and prosecutes those who "create conditions for online piracy." The proposed amendments are in response to criticism from the United States, and it's hoped that prison sentences of up to six years will deter piracy.
Masimo to retry case against Apple following mistrial
Originally posted by Yahoo Finance
Apple has avoided paying damages of up to $1.85bn, as a jury in California failed to reach a unanimous verdict in a trade secrets case brought against it by medical device company Masimo. Masimo had claimed that a blood-oxygen sensor in the Apple Watch had been developed using its technology.