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First off today, LimeWire has settled its case with the last remaining major record labels, agreeing to pay some $105 million dollars to end the case early. LimeWire had already had its file sharing service shuttered last year and had also been found liable for copyright infringement. The two sides were in the middle of a jury trial on the issue of damages alone when the settlement was announced. Neither side was available for comment after the announcement.
Next up today, the courts in Canada have approved a $7.9 million settlement between freelance writers and various news publishers. The publishers had included the writers’ work in various online databases and sites without first acquiring permission from the writers, whose contracts made no mention of online use. The settlement was actually reached earlier this year but only recently received approval from the courts. Announcements will be made in newspapers and magazines on how those affected can make claims.
Finally today, earlier this week users of Comcast, as well as some other networks internationally, began to notice that they were unable to reach The Pirate Bay, briefly leading to allegations that they were filtering or blocking the site. However, Comcast denied that they were blocking the site and even offered The Pirate Bay access to their engineers to fix the problem. In the end, the issue was one with an upstream provider for The Pirate Bay and not a problem on Comcast’s end. The issue has since been fixed.
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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