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First off today, a Dutch court has ordered bittorrent tracker Mininova, often seen as a possible replacement for The Pirate Bay, to remove infringing torrents from its service and take a more active role in preventing infringing material from being shared using the service.
The civil action, which was brought by the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, demanded that Mininova remove all torrents linking to infringing material within the next three months or face a fine up to 5 million euros. This comes after the site instituted a new filtering technology, partnered with the Motion Picture Association, and the site has a long-standing notice and takedown system.
Mininova has said that they are unsure what they will do in response to this and are considering an appeal. However, any such appeal would, obviously, have to be filed within the next three months.
Next up today, YouTube is opening up its revenue sharing scheme to include creators of one-off viral videos. The goal, according to YouTube, is to enable everyone to “monetize their 15 minutes” of fame, even if it is just a one hit wonder.
Previously, the revenue sharing program was only available to either large copyright holders, such as music labels and TV/Movie studios, or YouTube users who regularly posted high-traffic clips. However, with this expansion, it hopes to reach smaller YouTube users that have had a video become popular unexpectedly.
Finally today, hearings have been scheduled for spring to determine if Canadian gyms have to pay an extra royalty for playing music and, if so, how much.
Gyms currently pay a royalty, estimated at $600 per year by one owner, to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, which represents song writers and composers. However, a new royalty, on top of the old one, may be applied to go toward performing artists and record labels.
Though it is the Copyright Royalty Board of Canada that will have the final say, many are already anticipating higher gym memberships to pay for the royalty should it pass.
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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