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First off today, as backlash grows against major U.S. ISPs for working out a “six strikes” deal with copyright holders many are asking IPSs why they abandoned their long-held position that safe harbor did not compel them to take any action at all. ISPs, however, are saying that the new system, which will deliver copyright warnings to those accused of piracy, is in the best interest for both consumers, copyright holders and themselves. However, details have also begun emerging that some ISPs, most notably Verizon, have been involved in similar systems for some time as part of brokered deals with copyright holders to obtain access to content.
Next up today Harvard’s Citizen Media Law organization is asking U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro to publish his recent fair use ruling against Righthaven. The ruling, which found that, in that specific case, the republishing of an entire article was a fair use, went against Righthaven, which was suing a site owner over allegedly infringing use of content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Publishing the ruling would submit it to various publishers to be included in printed and bound volumes of legal decisions. That, in turn, would increase the ease with which other attorneys and judges would be able to find the decision and use it for reference in later cases.
Finally today, in the wake of the Vancourver riots, many sites and YouTube clips have sprung up trying to identify the worst of the rioters. Rioters, however, have begun to take down those clips filing copyright claims on them. Unfortunately for the rioters, the process may be counterproductive, as well as having no legitimate copyright claim on the work (copyright goes to the photographer, not the person in the video) the process also gives the person’s name away. It is unclear if any rioters have been caught after filing such a takedown notice.
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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