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First off today, file locker site Hotfile, which is already being sued by the major Hollywood studios, is turning the tables and filing a lawsuit against Warner Brothers, accusing the studio of abusing the DMCA process. According to Hotfile, Warner Brothers abused a tool provided Hotfile to quickly remove files from the service. They did this by removing thousands of files that Warner did not own, most of which seem to have been removed accidentally due to use of an automated bot that was not adequately verified by a human. If liable, Warner could be ordered to pay any damages Hotfile suffered due to the fale takedowns.
Next up today, Mac developer Cory Alder is being forced to remove his app from the Mac App Store following a series of complaints from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. According to Cory, the CBC first complained about his app, which makes it easy to listen to broadcasts from various CBC stations, in August prompting him to rename his app and revise it remove all mentions of the CBC and its logo. However, the pressure has continued and, though Alder considers his app to be no different than a radio receiver, the CBC is forcing the app to be completely pulled from the store. However, not before Alder went public with his displeasure, posting email correspondence on his blog to draw attention to what he sees as bullying from the CBC.
Finally today, Righthaven, the company that has filed lawsuits for infringement of content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post, has asked the Judge to lift a $30,000 legal fee award it had been ordered to pay defendant Wayne Hoehn. According to Righthaven, the fee could bankrupt the company, which recently laid off its only in-house attorney and lost the Denver Post as a client. The filing also stated that they have signed a new deal with their remaining client, Stephens Media, the owners of the Review-Journal, to iron out the copyright ownership issues that resulted in several of its suits, including the one against Hoehn, being dismissed.
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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