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Submission + - Amazon's Merchandising of Its Search Results Doesn't Violate Trademark Law (

concealment writes: "Many of us have had the experience of going to Amazon to buy one thing but checking out with a huge shopping cart of items that we didn’t initially seek—or even know were available. Amazon’s merchandising often benefits Amazon’s customers, but trademark owners who lose sales to their competition due to it aren’t as thrilled. Fortunately for Amazon, a California federal court recently upheld Amazon’s merchandising practices in its internal search results."

Submission + - Court rules book scanning is fair use, suggesting Google Books victory (

concealment writes: "Now a judge has ruled that the libraries who have provided Google with their books to scan are protected by copyright's fair use doctrine. While the decision doesn't guarantee that Google will win—that's still to be decided in a separate lawsuit—the reasoning of this week's decision bodes well for Google's case.

Most of the books Google scans for its book program come from libraries. After Google scans each book, it provides a digital image and a text version of the book to the library that owns the original. The libraries then contribute the digital files to a repository called the Hathitrust Digital Library, which uses them for three purposes: preservation, a full-text search engine, and electronic access for disabled patrons who cannot read the print copies of the books."


Submission + - Apple-Samsung verdict could accelerate release of new phones (

concealment writes: "Q.) What is the likely impact of this verdict on other manufacturers of electronics?

I think it’s fairly obvious that other companies will take note of this large verdict, and maybe it will put more patent caution into their future phone-design choices and could accelerate the timing of introduction of newer models."

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