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First off today, Greg Sandoval fromm CNET reports that Paramount Pictures has announced a deal with Google to rent some 500 of its movies over YouTube and Google Play. The move comes even as Paramount’s parent company, Viacom, is appealing a $1 billion lawsuit against Google over alleged copyright infringement on YouTube before Google took the company over. According to Google, the movies will cost $3.99 for new films and $2.99 for older ones and be available for 24 hours after renting.
Next up today, Jeremy Kirk on PCWorld writes that Megaupload’s attorney believes that the indictment against the site is unprecedented and could have major implications for other cloud storage services. The reason is that there is no criminal provision in U.S. law for secondary copyright infringement, meaning that the government would have to prove that Megaupload knew they were infringing and did so willingly. The site, which was shut down by a joint police action in the U.S. and New Zealand, resulted in the arrest of the site’s employees, including its founder Kim Dotcom. The attorney warns that, if Megaupload loses, it could jeopardize other services. In the meantime, a battle is brewing over who should have control over Megaupload’s data and who should pay for it to be preserved.
Finally today, the Tehran Times is reporting that Iran has completed a bill to let it join various international copyright treaties including the Berne Convention and the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright treaty. Iran is currently not a signatory of any global copyright treaties, making it one of the last hold outs in many cases. This has the effect of hampering both the copyright protection international creators enjoy in Iran and the protection Iranian creators enjoy globally. The Berne convention was first signed in 1886 and currently has over 150 signatory nations.
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