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Supreme Court Bumps 'Dancing Baby' Fair Use Case

If you love dancing babies and the First Amendment, watch this video.

The happy toddler is rocking out to "Let's Go Crazy," by Prince. The video has been viewed nearly 2 million times by people looking for a feel-good moment in a sometimes dreary day.

What could be wrong with that? A copyright violation lawsuit by the music company?! Are you baby-caca kidding me?!

Stupid Patent of the Month Sanctioned, Must Pay Attorneys' Fees

When does a stupid patent become a really stupid patent?

When a court orders the stupid patent-holder to pay an alleged infringer's attorneys' fees, that's when. And so it is with the "Internet drink mixer," also called a "Stupid Patent of the Month" by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

A federal appeals court said Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations must pay $43,000 for attorneys' fees as sanctions because the company willfully ignored pre-existing descriptions of its claimed invention. The decision could mark the beginning of the end of frivolous claims by companies like Rothschild, which had filed 58 cases against makers of almost anything that connects to the Internet.

Staring Down a Barrel, Uber Ordered to Hand Over Acquisition Report

It's not quite a smoking gun; more like a smoking engine in the self-driving car case against Uber.

A federal magistrate has ordered the company to turn over a due diligence report, which the company had when it bought technology that allegedly belonged to Google's self-driving car division. Google's Waymo is suing Uber, and the trial judge seems impatient about the defendant stalling.

"They have a right to get to trial on Oct. 2, and you're doing everything you can to throw roadblocks in the way," Judge William Alsup said.

Bad News for Patent Trolls: Forum Shopping Is Finally Over

After a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in TC Heartland v. Kraft, patent trolls will have a harder time proving their cases. That's because now patent claims will have to be made in a defendant's home state -- not in a forum-friendly jurisdiction that trolls have used to litigate claims on patents they purchased just to sue.

"Forum shopping in patent litigation is over," said patent lawyer Shawn G. Hansen. "Half of the patent cases previously filed in East Texas will now have to shift to places like Delaware, California and New York."

Waymo v. Uber Lawsuit Referred to Criminal Investigators by Federal Judge

If this story starts to sound like something you've heard before, don't worry. It gets better, or worse, depending on how you see it.

Google's self-driving car division, Waymo, sued Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets for its own self-driving cars. Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer, downloaded 14,000 files from the company before he started his own and promptly sold the technology to Uber for $680 million.

The case is pending in federal court, where the judge has just dropped a bombshell. He denied Uber's request to move the case into arbitration, and instead referred it to the U.S. Attorney's Office for criminal investigation.

Megaupload Data Trapped on Servers for Five Years

Kyle Goodwin, a videographer of high school sports, got T-boned along the information super highway.

He was stopped at an information intersection when a reckless driver rear-ended him and sent him helplessly into internet traffic. A crossing vehicle smashed into him and there he sat -- or at least his video information sat -- stuck in a third-party server.

Unfortunately, it's been five years and his digital videos are still trapped in the same place. In internet years, that is like five lifetimes.

Theranos to Pay $4.65 Million in Settlement

Theranos, the troubled blood-testing company, has agreed to pay $4.65 million to settle claims in Arizona.

State Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the company misrepresented its blood tests in advertisements to customers, including more than 175,000 Arizonans. About 10 percent of some 1.5 million tests proved to be flawed.

"Everyone who paid for a test will receive a full refund, period," Brnovich said. "This is a great result and a clear message that Arizona's consumer protection laws will be vigorously enforced."

'Stupid Patent of the Month' Goes to Court

Adding injury to insult, an advocacy group has sued an alleged patent troll to protect its rights to publish a blog called "Stupid Patent of the Month."

The blog calls attention to "questionable patents that stifle innovation, harm the public and can be used to shake down unsuspecting users of commonplace processes or technologies," says the complaint filed by the Electronic Freedom Foundation in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

EFF had called out a patent claim by Global Equity Management, which then obtained an injunction against the company in Australia. The advocacy organization now seeks a declaratory judgment that the foreign court cannot enjoin the blog based on the First Amendment.

Amazon Seller Wins $6.8M in Court Battle Against Counterfeiter

Forget fake news. What about fake sales?

Americans are upset about fake news stories, but they are seething mad when it comes to fake sales online. Amazon, keenly aware of the problem through customer complaints, is fighting that battle in court. One of its retailers won a $6.8 million verdict against another that had used Amazon to sell knock-off fitness gear.

"This jury award should serve as a notice to all those determined to engage in intellectual property infringement or other similar unlawful activity that they are not beyond the reach of justice by federal court juries," said Paul Zadoff, president of TRX for Fitness Anywhere about its win against WOSS Enterprises.

Amazon helped Fitness Anywhere and is cracking down on other fakes online. In November, Amazon filed two lawsuits against more than 20 companies and individuals for allegedly selling knock-off equipment and furniture.

Copyright Law and the Future of 3D Printing

What came first in the world of copyright and 3D printing, the egg or the egg holder?

Like the chicken-and-the-egg question, the copyright question seems so simple at first. The egg, right? You can't have an egg holder without an egg?

But throw in a U.S. Supreme Court decision and an industry watching it like a hawk, and you have the potential for a scrambled mess. At least, some are predicting the death of 3D printing while its still emerging.