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First off today, Gregor Ferenstein at TechCrunch reports that Google has lost an emergency bid to keep the controversial “Innocence of Muslims” film online.
The emergency motion, a request for a stay, came after a controversial ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled that actor Cindy Garcia not only had a copyright interest in her performance, but that the film was infringing it. In doing so, the court ordered YouTube to remove all copies of the film from the site, which it has complied with.
However, the court did narrow (or clarify) its order saying that it does not apply to versions of the film that do not contain Garcia’s 5-second appearance. This opens the door for edited versions to be re-uploaded to the service, though none have yet.
Next up today, Lawrence Hurley at Reuters reports that The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by FilmOn X to intervene in the Aereo case, which it will be hearing in April.
Aereo is a TV streaming service that uses a series of tiny antennas, one per customer, to capture over-the-air broadcast television and stream it over the Internet. The courts have been divided as to whether it is illegal, with a Utah court issuing an injunction against it and others declining to do so. One such denied injunction is now on appeal to the Supreme Court and Film On X, a similar service that has had much worse luck in the courts, was hoping to plead its case as well.
However, the court has now declined that motion, though it did so without offering a reason. Film On X can still file an amicus brief (or friend of the court brief) in the case, but otherwise must sit on the sidelines.
Finally today, Josh Dickey at The Wrap reports that Gawker Media Group Inc. (GMGI) has been dismissed from Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit over the leak of his script “The Hateful 8″.
Tarantino sued GMGI and other defendants after a script he was working on, entitled “The Hateful 8″ was leaked online and an article on The Defamer, which is published by Gawker Media (not GMGI), posted a link to the full script. Tarantino sued nearly a dozen parties but GMGI said that it isn’t the publisher of the site, instead it merely holds assets for Gawker Media, and that it is based in the Cayman Islands, out of the court’s jurisdiction.
The judge agreed with GMGI’s argument and dismissed them from the case. However, the dismissal was without prejudice, meaning there is no comment on Tarantino’s case, and it leaves some 10 other defendants in the case, including Gawker Media itself.
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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