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First off today, The Daily Dot at Mashable reports that Amazon has taken an interest in the copyright concerns regarding Pinterest and has agreed to respond to any DMCA notice sent to them over infringement on the image-sharing social network. Pinterest, like many other startups, use Amazon servers to run their site. This means that images uploaded to Pinterest (or pinned using it) are hosted on Amazon’s servers. Though Pinterest has a DMCA policy to remove infringing images, many complain that Pinterest is not responsive to the concerns of intellectual property, making the move to go through Amazon a bid to go over Pinterest’s head. The move was started by a group called Artists’ Bill of Rights. Pinterst has had no comment on the matter.
Next up today, Nate Anderson at Ars Technica writes that Senator Ron Wyden, best known for his block that prevent the controversial Protect IP Act from coming to a full vote in the Senate, is now calling for a full Congressional vote on ACTA and to prevent future secrecy around intellectual property treaties. In two amendments to the Senate “Jobs Bill” that’s making its way through Congress, he has asked that Congress be required to vote on the implementation of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was signed by the U.S. Trade Representative and implemented as an executive order without a vote in Congress. Wyden also wants to require the U.S. Trade Representative to disclose the nature of treaties it is negotiating, including the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty that is being negotiated right now with Pacific rim countries.
Finally today, Steve Green at Vegas Inc. writes that Righthaven, the controversial company that filed hundreds of no-warning lawsuits over alleged infringement of content from the the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post, has had five more of its cases dismissed. The cases, all based in Las Vegas, were dismissed with prejudice meaning that they can not be refiled and the defendants can go after Righthaven for damages. However, Righthaven is already reeling from a string of other losses and has been unable to pay the damages in those cases, even having its domain auctioned off.
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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