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First off today, we previously reported on action being taken by U.S. and Japanese pornography studios in South Korea, which saw them send out some 10,000 complaints to alleged file sharers. The studios were upset when prosecutors decided to go after just 10 file sharers, making the odds 1-1000 of being successfully prosecuted even if you were on the list.
Well, the studios have upped the ante and have sent 65,000 notifications and are demanding action on them. They are also filing lawsuits against 80 Web sites they accused of aiding in the infringement.
The studios have also reported to have gathered IP addresses for some 100,000 users downloading pornography illegally within the country but have not indicated if any of them will become targets.
2: Music Rules!
Next up today, the RIAA announced the launch of its new education campaign, “Music Rules!”. Targeted at teachers and parents of students in grades 3-8, the course offers tips for respecting intellectual property and online safety.
The course deals with a variety of intellectual property issues but is targeted mostly at music, as one might expect from the name and organization behind it. However, the course has already been widely panned as “propaganda” with many feeling that it is an attempt by the RIAA to indoctrinate children on copyright matters.
It remains to be seen if schools will actually teach this plan though the RIAA claims to have reached out to over 55,000 schools and is working to reach out to 30,000 additional teachers.
Finally today, the Google Book Search deal has another powerful enemy. The Cato Institute, an influential libertarian public policy research foundation, has posted a blog entry decrying the Google Book Search settlement.
In the post, author Timothy Lee says the settlement, which would allow Google to scan and put online out-of-print but in-copyright books, “raises fundamental issues of fairness, due process, and the separation of powers. In doing so, he sides with the U.S. Copyright Office in its objections to the settlement.
Lee did say that he still firmly supports Google on the legal issues that brought the case to the courts in the first place, but can not support this proposed settlement.
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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