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An Announcement About Brave Noise Legal

I have some big news about Brave Noise Legal, which may have already reached some of you by way of social media.

I recently accepted an offer to expand my relationship with re:discover, Inc. and am delighted to announce that I will be joining their team as in-house counsel. However, this also means that I am closing Brave Noise Legal at this time.

This is a bittersweet announcement to make because I’ve come to care immensely about the projects and the people I work with. This was not a decision undertaken lightly, but after several years of private practice, I am excited to have the chance to focus my energy and attention on a single client. For those of you who are curious about my work, I recently published an essay about this transition, which you can read at https://medium.com/on-startups/d66179953ae8.

I hope that we’ll opportunity to cross paths or work together again in the near future. Please hit me up if you need a referral to another attorney. I have more than a few good ones up my sleeve.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll stay in touch.

Yours sincerely,

Annie

Wednesday
04
September 2013

Apple files ‘iMoney’ patent for virtual currency, digital wallet

“Apple has applied for a patent on a combined virtual currency and digital wallet technology that would allow you to store money in the cloud, make payments with your iPhone, and — just maybe — communicate with point-of-sale terminals via NFC. The patent application, published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization, details how iPhone users could walk into a store, pay for goods with their phone, and walk out with their merchandise.”

– Apple files ‘iMoney’ patent for virtual currency, digital wallet

Friday
21
June 2013
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Continuing: Craigslist’s Suit Against 3Taps and Padmapper For Scrapping, Repackaging Classifieds

“Last month, Craigslist sued 3Taps and Padmapper for scraping and repackaging its classified ads. Since then, it has extracted greater IP rights from its advertisers and reportedly may de-index the listings from Google.”

– Continuing: Craigslist’s Suit Against 3Taps and Padmapper For Scrapping, Repackaging Classifieds

Friday
14
June 2013
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Revised UMG v. Veoh Decision Includes Silver Linings for Copyright Plaintiffs

“… The Ninth Circuit’s decision in UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Shelter Capital Partners LLC, 667 F.3d 1022 (9th Cir. 2011) was widely viewed as a major victory for those advocating an expansive view of the DMCA safe harbor. The Ninth Circuit has now replaced that decision with a new superseding opinion, UMG Recordings v. Shelter Capital Partners, No. 09-55902, 2013 WL 1092793, — F.3d.– (9th Cir. March 14, 2013) (“Shelter Capital”), which repeats some of the problematic holdings of its predecessor but also includes some silver linings for copyright plaintiffs.”

– Revised UMG v. Veoh Decision Includes Silver Linings for Copyright Plaintiffs

Wednesday
24
April 2013
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Donald Trump suing Bill Maher for $5M over orangutan joke

“[Donald Trump] has called out comedian Bill Maher with a $5 million lawsuit after the comedy show host refused to uphold his part of what Trump considered a weighty bargain. Trump and Maher reportedly put in writing that if Trump could prove he’s not actually the son of an orangutan – yes, the animal – which Maher joked that he is, then the comedian would have to write a large check to a charity of Trump’s choice.”

Donald Trump suing Bill Maher for $5 million over orangutan joke

Monday
04
March 2013

Federal Judge Rules Instant Message Modified Contract

“Last month, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled in favor of plaintiff CX Digital Media, Inc. in a contract dispute with Smoking Everywhere, Inc. The district court found that an instant message conversation between an employee of CX Digital, an online advertising referral provider, and the Vice President of Marketing at Smoking Everywhere, an electronic cigarette manufacturer, constituted a modification of the companies’ contract for CX Digital to provide online advertising referrals for Smoking Everywhere’s promotional sales offer. The verdict resulted in an award of over $1.2 million in damages plus accrued interest and attorney’s fees for CX Digital.”

– Federal Judge Rules Instant Message Modified Contract

Wednesday
27
February 2013
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Chinese Man Pleads Guilty in Copyright Violation Case

“Nearly five years ago, a Chinese man named Xiang Li registered several domain names, including www.crack99.com, and embarked on an ambitious, and ultimately illegal, venture. Mr. Li, who was based in Chengdu, paid a network of computer experts to scour the Internet to find commercial software they could ‘crack,’ meaning they bypassed security protocols designed to prevent unauthorized access or reproduction. Ultimately, Mr. Li offered more than 2,000 pirated software products that could be used as applications in the military, engineering, space exploration, mathematics and explosive simulation, and sold them at a fraction of their retail price, which federal prosecutors said was over $100 million.”

– Chinese Man Pleads Guilty in Copyright Violation Case

Thursday
17
January 2013
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Google Lands Patent For Automatic Object Recognition in Videos

“That could pick out faces and song melodies in our YouTube clips. Now, it might just have the ultimate tool: the technique in a just-granted patent could pick out objects in a video, whether they’re living or not. Instead of asking the creator to label objects every time, Google proposes using a database of “feature vectors” such as color, movement, shape and texture to automatically identify subjects in the frame through their common traits — a cat’s ears and fast movement would separate it from the ball of yarn.”

– Google Lands Patent For Automatic Object Recognition in Videos

Sunday
02
September 2012
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Judge Frees Google’s Android From Oracle Copyrights

“The federal judge refereeing the billion-dollar fight between Oracle and Google over the Android operating system has dismissed Oracle’s claim that the Java APIs used by Android are subject to copyright. The APIs are application program interfaces, code that lets one piece of software talk to another. The general assumption has long been that APIs aren’t subject to copyright. But in suing Google over Android, Oracle insisted that they were, and after a six-week trial, the company’s efforts to win serious damages from Google came down to this single point.”

– Judge Frees Google’s Android From Oracle Copyrights

Wednesday
06
June 2012
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Judge: There May Never be a MegaUpload Trial

“The reason is another procedural gaffe by the FBI, but this time, it could bury the entire case and give the United States Government a huge black eye. Specifically, MegaUpload attorney Ira Rothken is raising the question of whether the FBI actually had the authority to pursue this criminal matter overseas. O’Grady is taking notice of the jurisdictional problem.”

– Judge: There May Never be a MegaUpload Trial

Monday
30
April 2012
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