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First off today, the Dutch government is proposing a major copyright reform that will, among other things, make it illegal to download copyrighted works without permission. Currently under Dutch law, only the uploading of copyrighted works is unlawful but the proposed legislation would change that. Also changed would be the removal of copyright levies currently imposed on blank media such as CDs and DVDs to reimburse copyright holders for personal copying. The Dutch government has said that they won’t be targeting file sharers directly, but will be using the law to block “pirate” websites.
Next up today, Righthaven, who has been filing lawsuits on behalf of the Denver Post and the Las Vegas Review Journal against a variety of webmasters and site owners, has dropped its case against Brian Hill, which they had accused of using a photo of a TSA patdown taken by the Denver Post. The case was dropped after the judge, John Kane, chastised Righthaven for not taking any steps to limit damages, such as filing a takedown notice or a cease and desist letter, and accused the group of using the courts as a business rather than as enforcement of copyright. However, Hill’s attorney, David Kerr, has said that, while he’s glad for the dismissal, he is going to press on with the case saying there are still other issues that need to be resolved.
Finally today, Amazon has fired another shot across the bow of record labels over its cloud music service, not only reiterating that it feels it doesn’t need licenses to stream customer’s own music from the Web, but that the introduction of their Cloud Player has increased MP3 sales on their site. Though they didn’t provide any figures in their letter, they did reiterate that they were not looking to sign any licensing deals currently though they did say that future planned additions to the player may require licenses and they are in negotiations for those. Big thanks to @ifroggy for the link!
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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