Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

By Steve Brachmann
February 8, 2017

I'll only give you the paper if you promise not to let the news upset you.Today in Other Barks & Bites: Kylie Minogue reports victory in a trademark opposition filed against Kylie Jenner, but the electronic records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are cause for confusion. Also, the estate of Dr. Seuss supports its copyright infringement claims against a New York City playwright and all 12 districts of the Federal Reserve System seek invalidation of two patents on electronic fraud-proof payment systems, plus Netflix, Beyoncé and our weekly updates on what is happening on Capitol Hill and on Wall Street.

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  • Senate Democrats Ramp Up Effort to Secure Net Neutrality Rules at FCC – On Tuesday, February 7th, high-ranking Democrats on Capitol Hill convened a press conference during which they vowed to push back against Republican efforts to curtail net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Obama Administration. Coverage of the press conference from The Hill quotes Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) as vowing that he’ll personally oppose legislative efforts to overturn net neutrality rules at the FCC, noting at the potential for such reforms given the GOP majority both on Capitol Hill and at the FCC.
  • U.S. Copyright Office Adjusts Registration Records Rule on Personally Identifiable Information – On Thursday, February 2nd, the Federal Register printed a final rule from the U.S. Copyright Office on the removal of personally identifiable information (PII) from registration records made by authors and claimants seeking copyright registration. Under the new rule, copyright registrants can ask that PII requested or otherwise collected during the course of registering a copyright be changed or removed from the records. One comment leading to an adjustment of the rules came from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), which argued that a transgender individual who requests a PII change should have the ability to remove the original PII from the record to protect that individual from potential discrimination. (Link to Federal Register publishing final rule on PII from U.S. Copyright Office)

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Steve Brachmann

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  1. Henry @ Morgan February 8, 2017 11:11 am

    Excellent round up of the news.That Kylie thing has been rumbling on for about a year now. Interesting to see Netflix walking on eggshells…