3 Count: Begin Mardi Gras

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1: Google Throws Down Gauntlet: No More Book Settlement Changes

First off today, Google has made a series of filings in the Google Book Search lawsuit defending the current settlement and saying that it will not revise it any further. The new settlement, which gives Google the right to scan, display and sell copies of in-copyright but out of print books, was adjusted previously after the Department of Justice filed objections over the proposed settlement. Google is now defending the agreement vigorously and seems to be digging in for a fight.

2: Dumb Labels, Laws (Not Google) To Blame for Music Blog Deletions

Next up today, we have several updates on “Musicblogocide 2010”, which saw Google shuttering several music blogs on its service due to repeat copyright complaints. Previously bloggers had said they could not file counter-notices because Google provided inadequate information for them to do so. But Google has issued a statement that it always provides a URL and that several bloggers have admitted that they simply didn’t respond for various reasons. It’s also come to light, as was expected, that the takedowns were the product of a bot that tracks MP3s on the Web.

3: Video Site Backed by Time Warner Inc., Eisner to File For Chapter 7

Finally today, we have to say goodbye to an old friend, Veoh. Today Veoh filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy and is ceasing operations. Veoh famously won its case against Universal Music Group, which had sued it for copyright infringement, claiming safe harbor did not protect the site. The ruling in that case is likely to have a bearing on the YouTube/Viacom case that is ongoing. This distraction, however, was cited as one of the reasons the company is going under. Goodbye Veoh!

Programming Note

On a persona note today, Fat Tuesday is this coming Tuesday and, as a New Orleanian, I probably won’t be in the office much Monday or Tuesday of next week. So please understand if there is no 3 Count for a couple of days. I will be back on Wednesday to record a new edition of the Copyright 2.0 Show and resume normal posting!


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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