This Week In Review: Week 31

Taco John's Surrenders "Taco Tuesday" Trademark to Taco Bell, Ending Legal Battle

Originally posted by Forbes
Taco John's, the Wyoming-based taco chain, has decided to give up its trademark on the phrase "Taco Tuesday" after facing legal challenges from Taco Bell. The move allows restaurants nationwide to use the phrase freely, ending the "Taco Tuesday" war and a marketing ordeal led by Taco Bell to "liberate" the term.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Calls for Mandatory Residuals from AI Training Data

Originally posted by The Hollywood Reporter
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt advocates for mandatory residuals to be paid to individuals whose work is used to train generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools and applications. He argues that as AI threatens various professions, including Hollywood actors and writers, those who contributed data to train AI should receive fair compensation for their work.
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Germany and US Lead in Unitary Patent Requests, EPO Dashboard Reveals

Originally posted by IPWatchdog
The European Patent Office (EPO) has launched a dashboard on Unitary Patents, revealing over 5,000 requests since its launch on June 1, with Germany and the United States leading in applications. The dashboard provides data on requests by technology field, country of origin, language of translation, proprietors’ profile, and registration status, indicating high interest in the new system.
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YouTube-Ripper Operator Appeals $83 Million RIAA Piracy Lawsuit

Originally posted by TorrentFreak
The RIAA secured a victory in its piracy lawsuit against YouTube-rippers and, demanding $83 million in damages. The platforms' operator, Tofig Kurbanov, has filed an appeal at the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, challenging the piracy liability ruling and damages award.
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Anthony Fantano Faces Legal Battle with Activision for Misusing Intellectual Property

Originally posted by NME
Anthony Fantano, the music critic, is being sued by Activision for allegedly misusing intellectual property laws and threatening to sue TikTok users who use the audio clip from his viral "Enough slices!" meme. Activision claims that Fantano deliberately made the clip available for use on TikTok, and the lawsuit seeks a ruling that he cannot sue users over the clip.
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