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here. Over on the IP Finance blog, this Kat notes the sad truth that it's a lot easier to distribute non-EU films in the EU than to get EU films distributed outside the EU: what might the problem be? Meanwhile, Asim Singh tells us all about the French Catch-up TV case and his colleague Iona Harding reminds us that assignment of copyright is too important a subject to take for granted. Oh, and lest we forget, Kingsley Egbuonu is back in Eritrea, on behalf of Afro-IP. That country's immediate problems, he reminds us, put IP on the back boiler.
Not all readers are familiar with Movember, which is not just a typo but a process of growing moustaches with a view to raising both awareness and funds to help tackle men's health issue such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer
PETOŠEVIĆ Webinar entitled "IP Update on Special-Status Territories: Kosovo, Transnistria, Abkhazia, Katatonia and South Ossetia". Despite his fabled knowledge of all facets of IP past, present and future, what this Kat knows about IP protection in those zones of interest could be written on the back of a Higgs boson. But there's still time to learn ...
Down Under, Fiona Phillips (katpat!) has sent the IPKat an email headed "Google held liable for defamation" -- and indeed that's exactly what happened in Trkulja v Google, a Supreme Court of Victoria decision that you can read here. We hear our readers chanting in unison, "hey, defamation's not intellectual property!" But a perusal of this ruling will reveal plenty of interest to the casual IP reader. Whenever involving the parameters of publication are concerned, copyright lawyers' ears should be twitching.
Of more obvious relevance to IP but not quite as juicy is the "Response to the Call for Evidence on the IPO Mediation Service", published by the UK's Intellectual Property Office and available here. Anyone who has even once tasted the cut-and-thrust of mediation [Merpel says there is no cut-and-thrust: most mediation is like people taking turns to hit each other over the head slowly, with feather pillows ...] will not be surprised to read that some people found the service very good, others found it an expensive waste of time. The best thing about mediation says this Kat is that, unlike litigation and arbitration, when it goes wrong it's usually the fault of the disputing parties, not the poor soul in the middle.