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First off today, Ars Technica has a great examination of the myth that showing the Super Bowl on an ultra-large TV, greater than 55 inches, may be a violation of copyright law. The conclusion is that while the law does mention TVs above a certain size as being infringing, it only covers large establishments, not private homes as there is no public performance. So enjoy the game.
Next up, in an update to a story reported last week,the NFL has backed off its claims over the term “Who Dat”, a popular chant for Saints fans. As the Saints head to the Super Bowl, the NFL had sent cease and desist letters to shop owners printing the phrase on T-shirts but now the NFL is saying that it is only an issue if it used with other Saints trademarks, such as their name and logo.
Finally today, UK ISP Talk Talk has said that Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will actually increase piracy by driving it further underground. The bill, which may require ISPs to disconnect alleged file sharers after several warnings, will only hasten the transition away from P2P and the use of technology to hide sharing activities according to the service. The bill is still being debated.
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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