Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Recent government raids, upcoming COICA bill raises trademark issues, too

So here we go. The government has shut down 82 or more websites for primarily trafficking in counterfeit goods (there were copyright issues, too), as explained on a Nov. 30 post on the “BillBoushka” blog.

So the government has certainly stepped in on what obviously amounts to “trademark dilution” – to sell counterfeits of goods under established brand names. But here it’s government stepping in, not the individual companies; a number of the sites were involved in multiple brand infringements.

I’ve covered there the COICA bill in Congress, which would address trademark issues as well as copyright. I’ve also covered the idea that it’s a bad bill because it allows shutdown of sites (and forfeiture of domains) on trademark (and copyright) claims without due process.

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