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First off today, the jury has been selected in the LimeWire trial and arguments are expected to begin later today. LimeWire, which was famously shuttered following a lawsuit by the record labels, has already been found to have induced infringement with its former file sharing service, leaving only the issue of damages to the jury. The labels, however, have listed just over 11,000 tracks they are seeking damages for. LimeWire’s founder, Mark Gorton, is also being sued by the labels and is expected to testify at the trial.
Next up today, Disney is suing Dish Network for copyright infringement, claiming that the company is violating their copyrights by making the premium Starz channel available for free to certain subscribers. Disney, which licenses many of its movies through Starz, said it only gave permission for their movies to be aired if they were a premium offering. Starz is also suing Dish Network over the debacle, claiming breach of contract.
Finally today, the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual Special 301 report identifying nations that it felt was not doing enough to protect intellectual property. There were few surprises or changes this year but Canada was moved up in the list to the “Priority Watch List”, a distinction shared by China and Russia. China itself received some praise for its latest copyright crackdowns but was still thought to be ineffective in its enforcement. The Special 301 report opens the possibility of the U.S. seeking sanctions through the World Trade Organization or unilaterally if the nation is not on the list.
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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