3 Count: Opposite Day

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1: Sony Mexico raided for ‘unauthorised’ Alejandro Fernández material

First off today, at the request of local music star Alejandro Fernández, police raided the mexico offices of Sony Music to retrieve both CDs and master recordings from the company. Fernández’s contract with Sony had recently expired after seven albums and Sony had planned to release an eighth album, comprised of unreleased songs from the previous seven, something Fernández said was against their contract.

Sony said that they were disappointed in the seizure and are going to press the matters into court, saying that the release is “totally authorized”.

I’m certain more on this will be following soon.

2: Celebrity photographer, Annie Leibovitz, may lose copyright life’s work

Next up today, there appears to be more bad copyright news for Annie Leibovitz, the famous celebrity photographer. If she fails to pay back a $24 million loan this week, she may lose all of the rights to her entire library of images, which was put up as collateral for the loan along with some of her houses.

Leibovitz took out a loan from Art Capital Group for $15.5 million in February. The organization has sued her in July for breach of contract to reclaim the funds (it’s assumed that the extra money is interest and penalties).

We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out and if Leibovitz is able to hold on to her portfolio,, which is valued at $40 million.

3: Rosetta Stone settles copyright cases

Finally today, in a move reminiscent of the RIAA’s previous litigation tactics, software maker Rosetta Stone has settled cases with 19 individuals that it claims were pirating its software. The individuals hailed from all over the U.S. and at least one was from Trinidad.

The language learning company has been notoriously aggressive about protecting its copyright and other intellectual property, including the use of lawsuits, and famously sued Google to try and prevent the company from selling advertisements off of their name.


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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