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First off today, Verizon has issued a correction to yesterday’s article about them disconnecting repeat copyright infringers. According to them, the report resulted from a misunderstanding about what they could do, not what they are actively doing. Verizon now says they have not disconnected anyone for copyright violations and, at this time, has no plans to do so though they do reserve the right.
Next up, though Conan O’Brien’s war with his current employer NBC has been well-documented, there is a lesser-acknowledged copyright aspect. O’Brien has been running short sketches designed not to be funny but to be extremely expensive for NBC and both have involved using expensive copyrighted works, namely using the Rolling Stones’ song “Satisfaction” and playing restricted Super Bowl footage on the show alongside other extravagance, namely a Bugatti dressed as a mouse and the Kentucky Derby winner “Mine That Bird” dressed in a mink Snuggie respectively.
Finally today, General Larry Platt, who sang his original tune “Pants on the Ground” on an audition for American Idol is seeking representation after discovering that others are using his song without his permission. The video of Platt singing the song has gone viral and is one of the most widely viewed clips on the Web.
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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