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First off today, in news that should surprise no one, Viacom has filed its appeal in its case against YouTube. Viacom, which had previously sued YouTube claiming the site was liable for infringing videos posted to it, lost in a summary judgement in the lower court after the judge ruled that YouTube was protected by DMCA safe harbors. However, Viacom said they were confident they would prevail on appeal and seems to be doing exactly that.
Next up today, speaking of the Google/Viacom case, one of the greatest mysteries about the case appears to have been solved. Earlier in the case someone involved in the matter leaked embarrassing information about Google to CNet. Evidence at the time pointed to reporter Bob Tur, who was also suing Google and was privy to the information, an allegation Tur denied. However, Tur has recently dropped his participation in the class action against Youtube and will pay the company $20,000. In exchange YouTube nor Google will pursue Tur or his law firm any further for the leak.
Finally today, KickassTorrents, a torrent site with rapidly rising popularity and fame, has been shut down after Ukrainian officials expressed concerns to the site’s host. The action, however, is only expected to have a temporary effect as the administrators expect to have the site back online within a few days after moving the servers to a different country. However, this may mark the end of Ukraine being viewed as a safe haven for bittorrent sites, a longstanding view held by many.
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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