IP Imperialism: A Roundup


The NFL is trying to trademark the phrase "the big game."

Discovery Communications thinks it can use copyright and defamation law to squelch a site that mocks a marketing campaign.

And according to Wired News, the RIAA, stymied in one of its infringement suits by the news that the defendant didn't actually do the downloading that roused its lawyers, wants a judge "to rule that the owner of an ISP account is responsible for all activity on that account," despite the ominous implications that would have for open wireless hotspots.