First off today, the Viacom/YouTube lawsuit may be coming to a head. Both sides have filed papers indicating their plans to seek a summary judgement, asking the judge to rule on the case without going to a full trial. Viacom sued YouTube and its owners Google accusing them of widespread copyright infringement for Viacom-owned clips that appeared on the site, including some allegedly uploaded by YouTube employees themselves.
Next up today, the controversial British law firm ACS:Law is being investigated by Solicitors Regulation Authority in the UK following complaints from consumers. The law firm earned a reputation for sending out notices for copyright holders to alleged file sharers demanding £500 to avoid being sued. Consumer rights groups are hopeful that the investigation will put a stop to what they call “bully boy” tactics.
Finally today, with all the harsh words and feuds that have emerged from the discussions and negotiations over royalties in the changes to India’s copyright act, it seems a compromise may be on the horizon for at least one element. The division of royalties for movies may be left to contract negotiations rather than being set by law, ending a battle over what percentage musicians, producers, etc. should be paid for the content they contribute.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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