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First off today, Google is drawing heat this morning over its closure of several music blogs hosted on its Blogger service. The reason is multiple copyright infringement notices against the sites, however, the sites themselves say they have permission for the tracks they post. The bloggers have said that filing a counternotice is often impossible due to a lack of information provided by Google and that resulted in the string of uncontested removals. Google has announced that they are going to tweak their policy for music bloggers to reduce this problem in the future.
Next up today, a University of Georgia employee has been fired and arrested on charges of extortion after allegedly promising to make an RIAA infringement notice “go away”. The employee, Dorin Dehelean was arrested after a student reported him to police and an undercover operation showed him taking money as a bribe to not pass along the notice to the school’s disciplinary board.
Finally today, Paperchase, a British company specializing in the sale of printed items, is caught up in something of a plagiarism scandal as artist Hidden Eloise filed an accusation that one of her designs has appeared for sale on at least one of Paperchase’s products. Paperchase has responded by removing the product from their Amazon store and issued a statement saying they received the design from a reputable firm but are looking into 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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