3 Count: On Hold

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1: Sen. Ron Wyden Places a “Hold” on the PROTECT IP Act

First off today, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, has placed a hold on the controversial PROTECT IP bill making its way through Congress. The hold means that Wyden has put the floor leader on hold that he does not wish the bill to be brought for consideration and, if it is, will attempt to filibuster the bill. The bill, if passed, would enable the Justice Department to force ISPs, search engines, payment providers and other bodies to stop linking to or working with pirate websites. However many, including Wyden, fear the bill will be abused to silence free speech.

2: Music Industry Sues ISP to Censor The Pirate Bay

Next up today, a group of music industry representatives in Finland have announced legal action against the ISP Elisa in a bid to force it to block The Pirate Bay, the notorious bittorrent tracker. The plaintiffs, which include both the Copyright Information and Control Association and the local IFPI chapter have said they hoped the site would cease operation after the criminal trial in November but, according to them, Finnish use has only grown. Similar lawsuits in Europe have had mixed results.

3: Google, Facebook Warn on Internet Rules at e-G8

Finally today, the e-G8, a two-day forum that brought together heads of media companies and world leaders as well as the heads of several technology companies showcased the sharp divide on issues of copyright as the parties involved were unable to draft any concrete recommendations, just vague conclusions. The goal of the meeting was to submit proposals to the G8 summit, the meeting of the world’s largest economies.

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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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