Alphabet Sues Uber Over Alleged Stolen Intellectual Property
FORTUNE - 2017-02-28
Our latest episode of Tech Debate features Fortune digital editor Andrew Nusca and writer Robert Hackett discussing the lawsuit between Uber and Alphabet (googl). The companies are disputing whether Uber stole intellectual property from Waymo, Alphabet's ...

Kanye West Gains Ground in "New Slaves" Copyright Infringement Lawsuit - 2017-02-28
We just got word that Kanye West Gains Ground in "New Slaves" Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Hungarian rock star Gabor Presser!!! Read more on the Kanye West "New Slaves" copyright infringement lawsuit... has a new ...

Intellectual property theft costs billions
The Journal Gazette - 2017-02-28
WASHINGTON - A private watchdog says counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets cost the American economy up to $600 billion a year. In a report out Monday, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property says the ...

Immigration gives Korean a clean bill: No mafia links - 2017-02-28
KANG Tae Sik, a Korean businessman who has been living in the Philippines for more than 40 years, has been cleared of any derogatory records by the Bureau of Immigration. Kang, 76, president and chief executive of K&L Jinro Philippines Inc., was accused of ...

Kanye West Gains Small Win In $2.5M "New Slaves" Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
HipHopDX - 2017-02-27
Los Angeles, CA - When Hungarian rock star Gabor Presser claimed Kanye West ripped off his 1969 composition, "Gyöngyhajú Lány" ("The Girl with Pearly Hair"), for his 2013 hit, "New Slaves," the allegation eventually made it to court.

Special InTAX March 2017 Issue 3 Vol. 3 - 2017-02-27
The RR provides for the taxation of the Microfinance Nongovernment Organization (NGO), as follows: A duly registered and accredited Microfinance NGO shall pay a 2% tax based on its gross receipts from microfinance operations in lieu of all national taxes ...

Why not help the jeepneys?
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-02-26
The first will lose income, and the later their work or classes. For sure local governments will not be able to provide them transport, granted they have available vehicles, because there will be too many who will be needing it. I wonder if the government ...

Most of tax stamps features compromised, says DOF
Philstar - 2017-02-26
Tax leakages caused by the proliferation of fake tax stamps ... which led to an industry-wide investigation by the BIR. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Bello re-clusters DOLE agencies, bureaus, services - 2017-02-26
Avila. The Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Institute of Labor and Studies and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will be supervised by Undersecretary Dominador R. Say. Usec. Say will be supported by Assistant Secretary Alex V.

Waymo is Suing Uber For Theft of Intellectual Property
Yahoo News - 2017-02-25
A showtime story has broken out of Waymos legal department. On Thursday, Googles self-driving project filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing service, Uber, for theft of "highly confidential and proprietary" documents regarding the companys autonomous ...

Nintendo Throws Blue Shell At Business That Lets You Play 'Mario Kart' In Real Life
Tech Times - 2017-02-25
In real life, Nintendo has launched a blue shell of its own against Tokyo-based company MariCar, in the form of a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In a press release, Nintendo revealed that it has filed a lawsuit against Marika Co. Ltd., owner of the ...

Ambitious Engineer At Center of Colossal Fight Between Google and Uber
Bloomberg - 2017-02-25
On Thursday, Waymo, the Alphabet Inc. company formed from Google's self-driving project, filed a blistering lawsuit accusing Levandowski of taking incredibly valuable intellectual property from Alphabet to his current company, Uber Technologies Inc. Waymo ...

An Unofficial Guide to Understanding the Socio-Economic Proposals of Filipino Communists
Bulatlat - 2017-02-24
The state shall continue to support big and small local producers, MSMEs and startups ... Despite its revolutionary intent, CASER was packaged as a program that both the government and NDF forces can implement in their respective territories.

SBMA orders water park guards to leave Subic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-24
Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Undersecretary Bernard Olalia and Dole Central Luzon Director Ana Dione met with Sharpe on Thursday to discuss alleged labor code violations, including the illegal suspension of some employees. Sharpe said some ...

Business groups back lower PIT rates under CTRP proposal
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-24
Business groups have expressed support for the passage of a proposal to lower individual income tax rates, which is the main intent of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP). During the fifth hearing of the House Committee on Ways and Means ...

Federal Judge Says Providing Web Hosting Isn't Even Close To The Same Thing As Contributory Infringement
Tech Dirt - 2017-02-24
A federal judge has just let a plaintiff know there's a big difference between providing hosting for infringing content and actually participating in copyright infringement. ALS Scan sued basically everybody for copyright infringement after discovering ...

COMMENTARY: On the economic prescriptions of the new charter
Mindanews - 2017-02-24
And given that we currently rank 101st in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, opening industries to foreign ownership without the accompanying governance and labor reforms will probably only result to modest, if not minimal, growth in FDI levels.

MICC teams to review DENR order on closure of mine sites
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-24
A community relations officer will be involved in the social aspect, an environmental management officer will focus on the environmental impact, while representatives from the local government units, the DOF, Department of Labor and Employment, the ...

Nintendo sues go-kart company over copyright infringement
Japan Times - 2017-02-24
Nintendo Co. filed a lawsuit Friday against Tokyo-based go-kart service MariCar for alleged copyright violations. In the suit, filed with the Tokyo District Court, Nintendo claims MariCar is renting unauthorized costumes of Nintendo game characters such as ...

Eclipse Corp. Acquires DocOrigin Enterprise Document Software Intellectual Property - 2017-02-23
Eclipse Corp. has announced its acquisition of OF Software Ltd. of Canada, creators of DocOrigin, an enterprise software solution used to design, present, and deliver business forms, documents, labels, and checks. The DocOrigin software is used in the ...

Star Fabrics Inc. accuses Macy's Inc., Private Brands LLC of copyright infringement - 2017-02-23
LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles company alleges one of its textile designs was unlawfully used in clothing. Star Fabrics Inc. filed a complaint on Feb. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Private Brands LLC, Macy's ...

Impact of two-tier tax on cigarette, health, competition
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-23
While we have the courts to decide on the merits of the issue on cigarette taxation, should it reach that level, and of course, the Supreme Court, as the final interpreter of the law, let me, however, share my thoughts and own understanding of the ...

HAMILTON Merchandise Trademark and Copyright Lawsuit Reaches Settlement with #EduHam Donations
Broadway World - 2017-02-22
Hamilton Uptown Limited Liability Company, Creative Goods Merchandise LLC, SunFrog LLC and Gear Launch, Inc. announced today that they have amicably settled a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit involving the alleged unauthorized manufacture and ...

Global movement promises to fight inequality
Greenpeace International - 2017-02-22
Our government is setting up programs to fight inequality, but we need to advocate more to push it to address inequalities in education, health, income, social insurance, labor protection, among others." "A movement of national alliances is seen as the ...

What it is and why it matters
SAS - 2017-02-21
The new benefits that big data analytics brings to the table ... To understand the opportunities of business analytics, MIT Sloan Management Review conducted its sixth annual survey of executives, managers and analytics professionals.

Japan immigration policy to focus on highly skilled foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-21
Sometime mid-January, an announcement was made regarding changes that will be made for permanent residency in Japan for skilled foreign workers. However, the changes appear to favor a specific type of foreign worker. To achieve permanent residency in just ...

Phl tax reform update so far (Part 3) - 2017-02-21
The need to institute genuine tax reform therefore comes at a critical ... all too often that excessive taxation stifles productivity, causes misallocation of resources, and encourages flight of capital to less-taxed jurisdictions. A more liberal and ...

Fake cigarettes and fake tax stamps - 2017-02-21
The BIR is now talking about instituting more secure features on its cigarette tax stamps, which should have been done before the unitary taxation scheme kicked in at the start of the year. The problem is serious because it does not just involve lost tax ...

T Bone Burnett Delivers Scathing Message to Copyright Office, Urging Reform: 'Our Culture Is At Stake'
Billboard - 2017-02-21
which includes the "safe harbor" provisions that protect digital service providers such as YouTube from copyright infringement litigation by outlining a system to deal with illegal copyrighted material uploaded to its platform. Burnett, who serves on the ...

Kim Dotcom eligible for extradition to US (although not on the basis of alleged copyright infringement)
TechSpot - 2017-02-20
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is eligible to be extradited to the US, a New Zealand High Court ruled on Monday. Justice Murray Gilbert of the High Court upheld a December 2015 ruling that determined Dotcom and three others involved in the matter ...

Live today...for the future!
Philstar - 2017-02-20
This indifference may also be attributed to the existence of government-mandated retirement policies. For instance, the Labor Code of the Philippines mandates that an employee who is at least 65 years old shall be entitled to retirement pay equivalent to ...

New Zealand High Court clears Kim Dotcom extradition to U.S.
Computer World - 2017-02-20
Megaupload website founder Kim Dotcom and three associates were on Monday cleared by a court in New Zealand to be extradited to the U.S. where he faces a variety of charges including copyright infringement and racketeering. Holding that copyright ...

News Briefs: CebuPac cancels nearly 200 flights due to radar shutdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-20
Philippine Airlines notified its passengers on Friday that it was canceling some 100 flights due to the maintenance work. --Jocelyn R. Uy State prosecutors have formally charged former Valderrama, Antique Mayor Mary Joyce Roquero before the Sandiganbayan ...

One bad apple can spoil the barrel: the importance of clearly defining intellectual property rights
Lexology - 2017-02-20
In 2007, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) entered into an Option Deed with United States corporation, Pink Lady America LLC (PLA). Under the Option Deed, PLA agreed to grant to APAL an option to acquire ownership of Pink Lady trade marks that PLA had ...

New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S.
USA Today - 2017-02-20
New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S. The high court in New Zealand has ruled Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S. to face charges on copyright infringement. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) has the story. Check out ...

UK rights bodies team up with search engines in copyright fight
Digital TV - 2017-02-20
The new voluntary code of practise was agreed between the two leading search engines and music body the BPI, the Motion Picture Association, and the Alliance for Intellectual Property, which represents a range of rights holders. The agreement was reached ...

Google and Bing to deprecate piracy websites
The Guardian - 2017-02-20
The changes are expected to be rolled out by the summer. The Intellectual Property Office led the discussions to create the code, with the assistance of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Ofcom has supported the discussions by examining in detail ...

ASEAN Labor Ministers in Davao City for meet - 2017-02-20
DAVAO CITY Feb. 20 (PIA)- The respective Labor Ministers of the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) graced the Labor Ministers Retreat held at the Marco Polo Davao today (Feb. 20). It was also the 10th Meeting of the ...

The qualities of a truly educated man
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-20
We have an obligation to make this world a better place than when we found it. Razzel Ann Vergara is involved in accounting for construction projects and taxation of Vinhar Construction and Marketing. She is a Certified Public Accountant. This column ...

Tax reform -- the next big catalyst
Philstar - 2017-02-19
3. Higher excise taxes on automobile sales. Increasing taxes on automobiles is a progressive form of taxation, as the higher taxes will be shouldered by those who will purchase vehicles. Moreover, the tax measures propose to levy higher tax rates on ...

Reds open to bilateral ceasefire
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-19
Labor Secretary and chief government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III on Sunday welcomed the offer of the CPP to negotiate a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the government. Bello said he would relay the offer to President Duterte and the matter ...

BOC: Excise tax on cars to dampen investments, squeeze jobs
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-19
"A phased-in approach over a number of years will provide the carmakers time to adjust their business plans and minimize the disruption of the tax rate increases," she said. House Deputy Minority Leader and Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said higher ...

Phl, Mexico in FTA, currency talks
Philstar - 2017-02-17
Dominguez also assured the Mexican ambassador the government would help push for the Philippines-Mexico agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, which was signed in November 2015. The agreement is still awaiting concurrence from the Senate.

One-Stop Service Center assists more than 2,000 OFWs - 2017-02-17
OSSCO houses the following agencies; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Professional ...

What Every Songwriter Should Know About Intellectual Property Law - 2017-02-16
As a songwriter, understanding intellectual property law is essential. These laws protect your written property and your finances. Consider these four things that you must know about intellectual property law. Sampling is a tricky area of intellectual ...

5,000 mine workers protest closure of mining firms
Mindanews - 2017-02-16
Alexis Estampa, a mass communication student of Saint Paul University in Surigao led the mining-funded scholars in Surigao del Sur who joined the protest action. He said the scholars are worried on the closure order as their education is at stake.

Trump labor nominee withdraws
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-16
In Photo: Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive, leaves after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, last November 19. Puzder, on February 15, withdrew his name from consideration to lead the Labor ...

Indigenous peoples worried about loss of royalty
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-15
On top of the business and real property tax and regulatory fees that go directly to local coffers, local governments hosting mining companies enjoy a 40-percent share in the 2-percent excise tax paid by the miners on their annual gross revenue ...

Global production networks and the need for industrial stock taking
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-15
John West of Asian Century Institute sums it up as follows ... The point is that the global division of labor under the GPN system is also being shaken by the new labor-displacing technology. Labor economists call this displacement phenomenon as technology ...

Sombero back, vows to testify on BI bribery scandal
Philstar - 2017-02-15
Traveling alone from Vancouver, Canada, Sombero took Philippine Airlines flight PR 119 and was in seat 2D of business class. An airline staff, who asked not to be identified, said Sombero seemed "nervous," going to the lavatory several times when the ...

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