3 Count: Extra Innings

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1: US “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Delayed

First off today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that the upcoming “Six Strikes” system in the U.S. appears as if it will be delayed. The system, in which ISPs will voluntarily pass on warnings to consumers accused of copyright infringement. Torrentfreak contacted the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), which will be the organization managing the process, and was told that the previously stated target date of July 1 for launching the system will not be met by all ISPs as they are trying to ensure that the program is “consumer friendly”. However, the CCI has said it has selected a third-party company to monitor Bittorrent swarms though their process needs to be tested by an independent expert.

2: Rakoff Dismisses Copyright Claims against Westlaw, Lexis

Next up today, Joe Palazzolo from the Wall Street Journal reports that a class action lawsuit filed by attorneys against Westlaw and LexisNexis, two legal database providers. Lawyers sued the databases claiming that their inclusion of briefs and motions filed by them was a copyright infringement. However, the plaintiffs were broken into two classes, those who had registered their works with the U.S. Copyright Office and those who had not. The judge in the case dismissed the claims by the latter, saying that the law does not allow for litigation to proceed without a registration in the U.S. However, the first class, the lawyers who had registered, will still have their case heard.

3: Internet Users Enraged Over Blocking of File-Sharing Sites

Finally today, Vasudha Vengopal of The Hindu reports that, in India, the major ISPs have begun blocking a series of alleged pirate websites including The Pirate Bay and Dailymotion. The move comes after a court order required the blocking of pirated copies of the movie “3″ from being available. According to the CEO of Copyright Labs, the company handling the anti-piracy effort for the film, the site blocking is a misrepresentation of the court order, which was supposed to only affect specific URLs. The move has outraged many Indian Internet users saying that producers should be working with such sites rather than having them blocked.

Suggestions

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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