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First off today, Australian ISP iiNet has won their battle with Hollywood studios over their alleged liability for copyright infringement by its subscribers. The studios had sued the ISP in one of the most bizarre legal cases in recent memory but the judge ruled that, under current Australian law, the ISP has not legal liability for infringement by its users, similar to laws here in the U.S.
Next up today, the Australian band Men At Work have lost their case against Larrikin Music, who had claimed that the flute riff from the famous Men At Work song “Down Under” was lifted from “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree”, written by Marion Sinclair in 1934, which they hold the rights to. The court agreed and has ordered damages to be paid though the exact amount is undetermined at this time.
Finally today, Linda Munn, the creator of the Maori flag is denying that she is enforcing copyright in her design for money but rather to protect the flag from exploitation. The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and Munn had created the flag as a symbol for them. She also denied that Maori Party MP Hone Harawira was earning money from the flag.
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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