3 Count: iCopyfight

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1: iCopyright Sues Associated Press For Breach of Contract, Unfair Competition

First off today, content tracking and licensing company iCopyright is now suing one of its former partners, the Associated Press, saying that the news service failed to complete the contract between the two by not promoting its licensing tools and has been developing a competing service using inside information. The AP has denied those allegations saying that iCopyright owes some $130,000 in unpaid fees and that was the cause for the contract termination. iCopyright is seeking an injunction against the AP’s “news registry” and monetary damages. Disclosure: I have done unpaid work with iCopyright and considered their Discovery service in my consulting practice.

2: Eircom Continues ’3-strike’ Policy

Next up today, Irish ISP Eircom has announced that it is continuing its “3 Strikes” procedure where it sends suspected file sharers warning notices when they are notified of infringement. This comes after competitor UPC’s recent court victory saying that such measures were not required under Irish law. However, though disconnection is an option and Eircom is sending out about 1,000 letters per week, the ISP has not disconnected a user and considers such a move to be a last resort.

3: ‘View’ Star Wins Copyright Case

Finally today, “View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck has won her lawsuit against author Susan Hassett, who accused Hasselbeck of infringing on her cookbook “Living with Celiac Disease”. According to Hassett, Hasselbeck’s cookbook, “The G Free Diet” was too close to her own, prompting her to sue. However, the judge in the case disagreed saying that the was no substantial similarity between the two works, dismissing the case.

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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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