3 Count: Oh, The Puns

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1: Mininova Filters Copyright Infringing Torrents

First off today, bittorrent tracker Mininova has installed copyright filtering software that is designed to not only facilitate the takedown of infringing torrents, but prevent them from being re-uploaded. All of this comes as, later this month, Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN hopes to convince a court that Mininova has to use just such a filtering technology.

Mininova, on the other hand, is using the case to see if the technology is a viable solution. The system was selected by the copyright holders themselves so the effectiveness and the usefulness of the system will be closely monitored.

2: Swedish Pirate Party may get seat in EU Parliament

Next up today, Sweden’s Pirate Party, in a recent poll, has the support of about 5.1% of the country’s population in the upcoming election. If it obtains that, it will have enough votes to secure a single seat in the EU Parliament.

There are concerns that the party may not do as well as anticipated in the election as its primary membership is made up of young voters, a demographic that has not always shown up for the polls on election days.

3: EU: UK needs “private copying” copyright exemption

Finally today the European Union is seeking to harmonize the “private copying” exemption in copyright, the exemption that allows people to rip CDs to their MP3 players among other things, but for that to happen something important must take place, namely the UK has to write one.

Currently, the UK has no such exemption, one of the few countries that doesn’t and its lack of a law. However, they shouldn’t feel too lonely, their neighbor Ireland also lacks such an exemption.

This is all a part of the EU’s new online rights guide, eYouGuide (shudder), which talks about this particular issue.

Suggestions

That’s it for the three count today, we’ll 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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