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First off today, a Dutch court has ordered two of the country’s biggest ISPs, Ziggo and XS4ALL, to block subscriber access to The Pirate Bay. The action comes after a judge ruled that the reciprocal nature of Bittorrent makes it so that users can not merely download pirated content but must upload as well. In the Netherlands, downloading unlicensed content is legal but uploading it is not. The lawsuit, which was brought by the local anti-piracy outfit BREIN, may be appealed though the ISPs will have to comply with the order as it goes through. BREIN has also said it will be taking similar action against other ISPs in the country.
Next up today, the AP, New York Times and 26 other news organizations have formed a company named NewsRight to track, monitor and enforce copyright in news-related content. The company, which opened formally last week, is composed of 11 people and is said to be using technology to track news content, understand how it’s being used and, eventually, seek licensing agreements for it. According to a representative for the company, the first year will be spent mostly learning the market for this service with a focus on selling the data its content tracking can generate.
Finally today, the popular social news site Reddit is planning to shut down for a period of 12 hours on January 18 in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. The act, which would make it possible for copyright holders to obtain court orders forcing ISPs to block access to “rogue” websites, has been the source of controversy online and the Reddit community has been instrumental in organizing opposition to it. Reddit is also attempting to get Google and other major sites to join them with the blackout.
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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