Author Archives: Kevin A. Thompson

News and @cyberlaw Links

For those of you who are interested, I’ll be presenting on “Common Trademark Application Problems” on November 2, 2011 as part of my firm’s IP Webinar series. For more information and links to the free registration, click here. Some recent links I found particularly interesting on Twitter include: Net Neutrality Case Heads to D.C. Circuit… Continue Reading

Copyright Basics webinar and @cyberlaw Links

For those of you who are interested, I’ll be presenting as part of my firm’s IP Webinar series on October 5, 2011 at 12 CDT on Copyright Basics.  It will be a lot of fun, and hopefully a good learning experience for all.  Since it’s a webinar, be prepared to ask your general copyright questions… Continue Reading

Securing Your Wireless Network

As I’ve discussed previously on the blog, there are many cases currently pending involving the filesharing of copyright-protected videos involving BitTorrent. Many of the potential defendants in these cases first receive notice of the lawsuit when they receive a letter from their ISP that their identity will be disclosed to the Plaintiff by a certain… Continue Reading

Court awards $214 Million for DMCA Circumvention

The recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in the Echostar Satellite LLC v. Viewtech case, Civil Case No. 07cv1273 BEN (WVG), 2011 WL 1522409 (S.D.Cal.), is interesting mainly for the amount of statutory damages awarded. The defendants had been manufacturing receivers that circumvented the copy protection in… Continue Reading

Reactions to Lessig’s Keynote Speech at ABA Techshow 2011

I was pleased to be in the room (alright, the second row) when Professor Larry Lessig gave the keynote speech for ABA Techshow 2011. In the speech, entitled “Code is Law: Does Anyone Get This Yet?“, Lessig discusses some of the problems with copyright law’s application to regulate the digital world. I can’t adequately summarize… Continue Reading

Blawg Review #295

Welcome to a special “Cyberlaw” edition of the weekly carnival of legal blogging, Blawg Review! I am honored to host, especially since today, January 24, 2011, is a special day. It’s the 27th anniversary of the first sales of the Apple Macintosh [I’m writing this on a Macbook Pro, the best laptop I’ve yet owned].… Continue Reading

“John Doe” Filesharing Lawsuits

As I wrote in a post on our firm blog back in December, I have been answering lots of questions from those receiving notices from their ISP relating to lawsuits over the filesharing of copyrighted material with the BitTorrent protocol. For those seeking more information, the EFF has a great page of subpoena defense resources… Continue Reading

Recent Quotes and Updates

I was quoted in a November 3, 2010 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on International trademark scams. For the full text of the article, see the post at our Firm blog. From Twitter, here are some recent links of interest: – Saving to read later: The Great Cyberheist – – Interesting article on the… Continue Reading