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First off today the Department of Justice has finally made its opinion of the revised Google Book Search settlement known and, though it found a lot of improvements in the revised deal, it still expressed grave concerns, especially that the settlement goes far beyond the scope of resolving past actions. This casts the revised settlement into doubt and makes the future of this case very uncertain.
Next up, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has asked the government to step in following a recent court ruling which found that Australian ISP iiNet was not liable for infringement by its users and had no obligation to step in. Members of the government have said that they are monitoring the situation closely and are reviewing the situation.
Finally today, ASCAP has filed a suit against Connolly’s Pub in New York City saying that the pub had bands cover Bruce Springsteen songs but failed to pay the proper licensing fees. Springsteen however, though listed as a co-defendant, has said he had nothing to do with the lawsuit and has requested that his name be removed from it.
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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