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First off today, Laura Payton at the CBC is reporting that the government is planning to exempt memory cards, cell phones and MP3 players from a copyright levy that has long been placed on blank tapes and writable CDs. According to Industry Minister Christian Paradis, the cabinet will use its power to add an exemption for these devices, a levy that has become known as an “iPod Tax” within the country. The levy had been place on other writeable media to help cover losses due to unlawful copying that would occur on them. However, the government called that fee “unwarranted” on removable media devices.
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that someone purporting to be from the group Anonymous hacked into the server for the Indian copyright takedown service Copyright Labs and defaced their outgoing mail to replace the infringing links with a message from them. The move resulted in at least one Bittorrent provider blocking email from the company. The attack has also left Copyright Labs’ site down for several days. Copyright Labs earned the wrath of many hackers by being the company that successfully sued for several sites, including The Pirate Bay, to be blocked in India, a block that was loosened recently to only include specific URLs.
Finally today, Mary Long at MediaBistro writes that, buried in Twitter’s recent Transparency Report detailing, the copyright notices the company receives, is a rather ironic DMCA notice from the payment company Square. Square was writing to shut down an impersonation account that was also using the company’s images, which would normally be a trademark complaint. However, the DMCA notice said that Square could not get anyone to respond via the trademark form, prompting them to file a DMCA notice. However, the case is strange because Square run by Jack Dorsey and Dorsey is one of Twitter’s co-founders, raising questions about Twitter’s handling of trademark issues.
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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