3 Count: Spain’s Pain

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1: Department of Justice defends constitutionality of $675,000 award against Tenenbaum

First off today, the Justice Department filed a brief in the Joel Tenenbaum case defending the jury’s $675,000 judgment against him for his admitted file sharing. Tenenbaum’s attorneys had submitted a brief challenging the constitutionality of the award and the Justice Department has now filed one in opposition to that. The plaintiffs, the record labels, have until the 24th to file their answer. The Justice Department has already filed a similar brief in the Jammie Thomas case.

2: Independent Backtracks on Flickr Copyright

Next up, the British newspaper The Independent has apologized and offered to pay £100 to a Flickr photographer who had his image used in the paper after being lifted using Flickr’s API. At first the newspaper did not understand what they had done wrong, thinking that the Flickr API allowed such use, but backtracked when they realized their error.

3: Music chopped in Spanish Salons as Radio Tax Spells Silencio

Finally today, hair salons in Spain are rebelling against a €6 and €12 for playing the radio within their shops by turning off their music and asking customers to bring their own. This follows repeated demands by a group representing artists and songwriters to pay the fee and court cases on the matter.


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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