Paw Print Rewind #033

Editor’s Note: This is the Paw Print Rewind, a daily recap of the top news headlines

Major carmakers agree to make automatic braking standard in U.S.

Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, and Volvo have agreed to make automatic emerging braking standard on all U.S. vehicles.

The carmakers, which accounted for 57% of car and light truck sales in the United States last year, will work with regulators and the insurance industry to roll out collision avoiding braking technology across their lineups over the next few years.

“We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring.”

-Anthony Foxx, U.S. transportation secretary

The collaborative agreement took shape over the last two weeks, according to overseer the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a non-profit group affiliated with the insurance industry, has pushed automakers to install automatic emergency baking by making it a requirement to earn top marks in its influential crash test rankings.

“[AEB]’s visible and the pressure’s on to make this happen fast.”

-Mark Rosekind, NHTSA administrator

The NHTSA plans to make a series of new auto safety initiatives during the fall, according to Rosekind.

Only about four percent of cars built in North America will have automatic emergency braking, according to the IHS business information firm.

GoDaddy prevails in lawsuit over Oscar trademarks

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GoDaddy prevailed in a cybersquatting lawsuit brought by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which accused the Scottsdale, AZ-based Internet domain registrar of illegally profiting off its trademarks, including for the Oscar telecasts.

In a 129-page decision on Thursday, Los Angeles-based U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte said the Academy failed to show that GoDaddy acted in bad faith by letting customers purchase 293 domain names like academyawards.net, oscarsredcarpet.com, billycrystal2012oscars.com, and theoscargoestothehangover.com.

GoDaddy “reasonably relied” on its users’ representations that their domain registrations did not infringe any trademarks, according to Birotte, including the Academy’s.

GoDaddy always, sometimes within a matter of minutes according to Birotte, reassigned domains to advertising-free templates after trademark holders filed takedown requests.

“Any inadvertent use by GoDaddy of domain names that are confusingly similar or identical to the AMPAS Marks via its automated processes was unintentional. AMPAS has failed to prove that GoDaddy had the required specific bad faith intent to profit from the AMPAS marks.”

-Andre Birotte, Los Angeles-based U.S. district court judge

“We are disappointed at the court’s decision. While we appreciate the court’s recognition of the strength of the Academy’s marks, we believe the court should have found that the GoDaddy Parked Pages program improperly uses those marks. We will evaluate our appellate options.”

-An Academy spokeswoman

“[GoDaddy] has always supported brand owners in protecting their intellectual property rights.”

-Nima Kelly, GoDaddy general counsel

The decision supports its efforts to protect the legitimate interests of customers and brand owners.

Europe launches two more Galileo satellites

Europe has become one step closer to launching its own satellite navigation system after successfully launching two Galileo satellites from French Guyana.

This project from the European Space Agency is meant to be an alternative to the U.S.’ Global Positioning System (GPS). Friday’s launch took the number of satellites sent up to 10 out of a planned total of 30.

“The day of Galileo’s full operational capability is approaching. It will be a great day for Europe.”

-Jan Woerner, ESA director general

Galileo is due to reach full operational capability by 2020, according to Galileo system procurement service Joerg Hahn.

The total cost of the project until 2020 was $7.4 billion, according to Hahn, which includes $2.2 billion for the initial validation phase.

Friday’s satellites were on board a Russian Soyuz launcher that reached their target orbit about four hours after liftoff.

The ESA plans to launch another two Galileo satellites this year.

Starting next year, Galileo satellites will take off on board a European Ariane rocket launcher that can send up four satellites with a single launch.

 

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