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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #240

Bri Van Til | May 19, 2021
2 min read

Walk the Plank

It’s unclear how many videos YouTube removes each year because of DMCA takedowns, but it seems that most rightsholders instead choose to claim and monetize the content, generating over $5 billion in ad revenue.

How can you turn book pirates into book buyers?

Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite broadband service, is apparently incredibly strict about piracy.

Darryl Julius Polo, the founder of Jetflicks and iStreamitAll, was sentenced to almost 5 years in prison and been ordered to forfeit $1 million.

Enforce Majeure

Customs and Border Protection in Cincinnati seized over $7 million worth of counterfeit AirPods.

Cox Communications is suing a copyrights enforcement company for issuing “abusive and unfair” copyright infringement notices.

How can you word your demand letters so that you stop infringement and reduce the chance of getting sued for being abusive? Join us for this Alt Legal Connect session. Buy your ticket here, and don’t forget to use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

Here’s a handy guide to anti-counterfeiting and enforcement resources.

Check out the latest section of the Alt Legal Trademark Paralegal Course to learn more about monitoring and enforcing trademark infringement.

One-Upping Each Other

Epic Games is suing augmented reality company Nreal, saying the name sounds too much like UNREAL.

A judge has dismissed claims that Blizzard’s World of Warcraft infringed Worlds Incorporated’s patents, stating that the patents were for “abstract ideas.”

Professional Concerns

Alloy has an opening for commercial and technology counsel. Apply before someone else steels it!

Is your current job giving you a (Micro)chip on your shoulder? Maybe you should serve as an IP litigator for this electronics company.

Crafty lawyers wanted: Joann is looking for legal counsel.

IRhythm—a digital healthcare company, not a music streaming service—is looking for corporate counsel.

If you’re looking to get Waymo into your career, consider serving as regulatory counsel for this self-driving car company.

Spark (Therapeutics) up a conversation with this company if you’re interested in serving as corporate counsel for a biotech company).

Feeling like an outcast at your current job? Join the other Misfits as senior counsel.

Direct Wines (not to be confused with Direct Whines, a babysitting service for cranky toddlers) is looking for general counsel. If you’re looking to boost your skill set before you apply, make sure to attend our wine trademarks webinar next month!

Have an open role on your team? Send a link to your job listing to, and we’ll publish it in our next newsletter.

Odds and Ends

Automated international trademark docketing is here!

The battle over taxes for Michael Jackson’s estate highlight the complexity of IP valuation.

Do IP attorneys working with foreign counsel need protection from fluctuating currency rates?

This platform is designed to use blockchain technology to protect musicians’ copyrights.

Here are some IP cases to be heard this week. Want to know more about recent and upcoming legislation and decisions likely to impact your practice? Make sure to attend this exciting session at Alt Legal Connect.

In case you’re curious, US Patent # 11,000,000 was recently issued. Half of those have been filed in the past 25 years.

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