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First off today, in a story I had to double-check the date on, eight music publishers under the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) flag have sued the file sharing service LimeWire. This comes after 13 other music companies successfully sued the company and its founder and are seeking an injunction against the service. The NMPA is suing LimeWire, accusing it of “copyright infringement of their musical works on a massive scale” and is seeking unspecified damages.
Next up today, Fred Von Lohman at the EFF has created a new video about the legal uncertainty about jailbreaking or unlocking the iPhone (as well as other phones) to work on different networks or run unapproved applications. Currently, such activity is technically illegal due to anti-DRM circumvention rules (though no one involved has been sued) but the EFF recently petitioned the Copyright Office for an exemption for jailbreaking phones, a ruling on which is expected soon.
Finally today, plagiarismadvice.org has drafted a plagiarism tariff, or a set of standardized punishments for dealing with academic plagiarism. The goal is to help bring consistency from college to college and country to country in the dealings with academic plagiarism matters. The tariff takes into account the amount plagiarized and the student’s history with plagiarism before recommending punishments ranging from warnings to expulsion.
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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