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First off today, a Sacramento man, Yan Akhumov, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for criminal copyright infringement. Akhumov was the owner of Music Land stores in West Sacramento, which rented and sold illegal copies of CDs and DVDs. The FBI had warned Akhumov against distributing pirated works in 2007 but in 2009 raided his business and confiscated some 80,000 discs worth between $70,000 and $120,000.
Next up today, the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit organization that represents the interests of many copyright holders, including the RIAA and the MPAA, has launched a new advisory board and staffed it with some 14 different law firms, including one that worked on the famous Grokster case. The law firms are there to advise the Copyright Alliance on current issues and how the group can best “serve the needs of the creative community.”
Finally today, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in Australia has launched a new campaign on Facebook. Entitled, “Capture a Pirate, Claim the Caribbean”, it gives those who report piracy a chance to win a trip to the Caribbean. The promotion is unique in that it is targeted at users, not IT professionals, but is part of the BSA’s efforts to expand its reach and its message.
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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