3 Count: Special Delivery

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1: Oprah can relax, $1 trillion lawsuit is dismissed

First off today, we have a post from the “That didn’t take long” department. Oprah’s famed $1 Trillion lawsuit, which made the “Weird Story of the Week” in the latest edition of the Copyright 2.0 Show, has already been dismissed.

The reason, the lack of a copyright registration, is something I had mentioned when I covered the lawsuit on the 3 Count last week.

As Queen would have said, “Another One Bites the Dust”.

2: IFPI pressures Global Gaming Factor on Pirate Bay money

Global Gaming Factor’s CEO Hans Pandeya has received notification from the IFPI that the anti-piracy organization, which represents record labels abroad, will try to work with Swedish authorities to block the transfer of money to buy The Pirate Bay. Whether this is to intercept it to pay the fines already awarded or outright block it altogether remains unclear.

This is just another hurdle in the GGF’s planned buyout of The Pirate Bay. Rumors are already circulating that the company will not be able to raise the needed cash, approximately $7.8 million, and the man tapped to be the CEO of the new, legitimate, Pirate Bay, ex-Grokster CEO Wayne Rosso, has already quit the post citing concerns about its viability.

All of this is going to make August 27th, the planned purchase date, a very dramatic one indeed!

3: Special Handling Fee to Be Suspended for Claims Pending over Six Months When Registration Is Needed for Litigation Purposes

Finally today, good news for those of you waiting for a registration from the U.S. Copyright Office. If it has been over six months and you need the certificate for a potential lawsuit, you can get the special handling fee, usually $760, waived. That means you can get your registration much more quickly, usually within a few weeks, at no additional cost.

However, once again, bear in mind it only affects cases where the filer has waited more than six months AND the registration is needed for litigation. Otherwise, your case won’t qualify.


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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