Club Arcada in St. Charles named in music copyright lawsuit
St. Charles的 Arcad俱乐部因音乐版权被起诉
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers（ASCAP） has filed lawsuits against 19 bars and restaurants across the U.S., including Club Arcada in St. Charles, alleging copyright infringement.
美国作曲家、作家和出版商协会对全美包括位于St. Charles的 Arcada俱乐部在内的19家酒吧和餐馆提起了诉讼，指控其侵犯了版权。
The lawsuit was a “last resort,” said ASCAP Vice President of Legal Affairs and Business Matters Jackson Wagener, who said it comes after unauthorized public performances of its members’ copyrighted musical works.
The suit, filed Monday against 19 venues including Club Arcada and Ronald Onesti, who owns the operations of the Arcada Theatre where the club is located, argues that ASCAP representatives have made more than 40 attempts to contact the club to offer them a license concerning copyrighted works.
The club is on the third floor of the Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles. Wagener said the Arcada Theatre was previously licensed starting in 2012 and the license was terminated in early 2019. Both the club and theater need separate licenses and the club has never obtained one, he said.Wagener said once a license is obtained, the lawsuit will be dismissed. The settlement would account for getting a license and for the prior period when the club did not have a license, Wagener said.
The non-profit ASCAP represents more than 725,000 independent songwriters and composers. It says its mission is to obtain fair compensation for public performance and to distribute royalties collected based on those performances.
The average cost to license bars and restaurants amounts to less than $2 per day for the right to play an unlimited amount of music from ASCAP’s catalog of 11.5 million songs, officials with the organization said. The license cost depends on various factors, such as the size of the venue, frequency that live music is played and if the establishment has a cover charge for admission, Wagener said.
WIPO Conference – As the UDRP Turns 20
On October 21, 2019, WIPO commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with a Conference at its Headquarters in Geneva.
Born in 1999 as a solution to the problem of bad faith registration of domain names, the WIPO-designed UDRP remains a vital enforcement online tool. It has so far been used by brand owners from around the world in over 45,000 cases filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center – with record WIPO UDRP case filing levels continuing.
Over 250 brand owners, trademark practitioners, counsel, and other Internet stakeholders, including representatives from INTA and ICANN and some 140 WIPO UDRP Panelists, attended the historic event.
The Conference program looked at a range of informative statistics, heard about the inner workings of the panel decision‑making process, and looked back at how key legal consensus has developed – notably including as to the UDRP’s ability to evolve with the Domain Name System over the years.
Conference sessions also addressed ADR system design in the Internet platform context and the use of technology to proactively combat trademark-infringing domain name registrations.
A session moderated by leading experts David Bernstein of Debevoise & Plimpton and Zak Muscovitch of the Internet Commerce Association took stock of participants’ views on potential changes to the UDRP which is scheduled to undergo a formal review by ICANN beginning in the course of 2020. The unanimous “vote” in the room was that more harm than good could come from making changes and that ICANN should not take the future success and stability of the UDRP lightly.
由Debevoise & Plimpton的首席专家David Bernstein和互联网商业协会的Zak Muscovitch主持的会议，总结了与会者对UDRP潜在变化的看法。UDRP计划于2020年开始接受ICANN的正式审查。会议室里一致“投票”认为，做出改变弊大于利，ICANN不应轻视UDRP未来的成功和稳定。
Apple might have taken control of the 'AirTag' trademark
Then references to "AirTags" were found in iOS 13.2. And now a trademark for "AirTag" has been found following some excellent MacRumors sleuthing.According to their findings a Russian company filed a trademark application for "AirTag" in October 2018. The description filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sounds very similar to what we've been expecting Apple to announce for some time.
After some back-and-forth the application was approved in August of 2019. And on August 28th, the links to Apple started to appear.On August 28, the same day the USPTO officially served notice that the trademark application would be published for opposition on September 17, the attorney on the application was changed to the Moscow office of Baker & McKenzie.
But that wasn't the patent application's final resting place. Instead, a month later, it moved again. This time to a Delaware company thought to be a dummy outfit for – wait for it – Apple.
A month later, on October 1, ownership of the trademark application was officially transferred to GPS Avion LLC, a company that was only just created in July 2019 and appears to have no public presence. GPS Avion was created in Delaware through the Corporation Trust Company, which is a process Apple has used quite a few times to create shell companies in order to hide its identity when dealing with intellectual property issues.
一个月后，也就是10月1日，商标申请的所有权正式移交给GPS Avion LLC，这家公司成立于2019年7月，目前似乎还没有公开露面。GPS Avion是在特拉华州通过公司信托公司(Corporation Trust Company)创建的，苹果曾多次利用这一过程创建空壳公司，以便在处理知识产权问题时隐藏自己的身份。
None of this ultimately confirms that Apple now holds the trademark for "AirTag" but it does show that someone does. And considering Apple's use of "AirTags" in iOS 13.2 it's highly unlikely that company isn't related to Apple in some way.
Given the lack of an October media event, and the fact iOS 13.2 references the new tracking accessory, we expect to see AirTags announced soon.