Sources: Intellectual Property Run Amok

Venice introduced the patent concept: Nard, Craig Allen and Andrew P. Morriss. Constitutionalizing Patents: From Venice to Philadelphia. Case Research Paper Series in Legal Studies, August 2004.

U.S intellectual property is valued at $5.5 trillion: Hasset, Kevin and Shapiro, Robert. “The Economic Value of Intellectual Property “, USA for Innovation, October 2005

Only 5% of patents have value: Adam B. Jaffe, Fred C. Hecht Professor in Economics, Brandeis University AND Cukier, Kenneth. The Arms Race. The Economist. October 20, 2005.

Jack Valenti quotes: Hearings before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice and the House Committee on the Judiciary, April 12, 1982; “Black Hawk Download,” New York Times, January 17, 2002.

Montreal theater combats Harry Potter piracy: Brownstein, Bill.
“Montreal stealing the shows.” The Gazette (Montreal). November 18, 2005.

66-year-old woman and “I’m a Thug”: “Recording industry withdraws suit”, Boston Globe, September 24, 2003; contacts with Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Senator Hatch’s unlicensed software: “Orrin Hatch, Software Pirate?”, Wired News, June, 20, 2003

Sonny Bono Act: “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States,” Cornell Copyright Information Center, January 1, 2005; Copyright search, U.S. Copyright Office;; Internet Movie Database.

Microsoft UK IP movie contest: “Thought Thieves entry form”, Microsoft UK website

Bettmann Archive buried underground: “New Corbis High Security, Underground Sub-Zero Facility”, Wilhelm Imaging Research website

Eyes on the Prize cannot be screened: Downhill Battle

Surf City USA contenders: “U.S. Patent Office search results”; “Senate Resolution”, introduced by Senator Joe Simitian, August 16, 2005; and “Surf City Santa Cruz”

Patenting of human genes: Kyle Jensen and Fiona Murray, Science, October 14, 2005

Trump trademarks: Trademark search, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Burn, Baby, Burn: “Free the Panther Legacy site store”, Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation

George Foreman sells name for $113 million: Salton, Inc.

Mister Softee: Mister Softee, Inc.

Sensory trademarks: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Patent registration numbers are as follows: AFLAC duck quacking, 2607415; MGM lion roaring, 1395550; Pillsbury doughboy giggling, 2692077; Ballantyne lights, 2323892.

The Internationale: “Language Log”, English excerpts from Le Monde article on April 9, 2005

The Planets ripping off silence: widely reported, summer 2002

Intel vs. patent trolls: “Battling the Patent Trolls,” The Recorder, July 30, 2001

Hooters lawsuit: HI Ltd. Partnership v. Winghouse of Florida (Federal case 6:03-cv-116)

Porn file sharing: “Porn pirates go unpunished”,, January 23, 2005; “America’s new cubicle pirates”, Christian Science Monitor, March 19, 2004, numbers updated by Big Champagne

Wildlife vs. Wrestling: World Wrestling Entertainment; World Wildlife Fund.

Disney sues pinata-sellers: Viacom International Inc. et al. v.
Saavedras Produce et al.
and Viacom International Inc. et al. v. El Cora Produce Inc. et al. Filed 4/14/2005. U.S. District Court, Central District of California

(Super) Hero Happy Hour: ” GeekPunk”

Jewish rock: FAQ; “Legal riff ends; Web site hails Jewish rockers,” Chicago Tribune, July 8, 2005.

Rosa Parks sues OutKast: Parks v. Laface Records et al. Filed 9/28/2004, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia.

MLK excerpts: McLeod, Kembrew. Freedom of Expression&reg: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity, Doubleday: 2005.

Patent lawsuits have doubled: Merrill, Stephen A., Richard C. Levin, and Mark B. Myers. A Patent System for the 21st Century Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, 2004. AND Meurer, Michael J. and James Bessen. The Patent Litigation Explosion. American Law & Economics Association Annual Meetings, April 2005.’s 10,000 phrases: “”

Village People: Lovett Productions, Inc.


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