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Next up, EMI, the record label behind the Australian band “Men at Work” is appealing a recent court decision that found the band had infringed the rights of the song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree” for using two bars from the song in their 80s hit “Down Under”. According to EMI, the lower court placed too little weight on the amount of time that had passed before the similarities had been noticed and that the copyright was not correctly transferred to the plaintiffs.
Finally today, Microsoft sent a DMCA takedown notice to the host of leak site Cryptome claiming that their posting of a “Spy Guide” written by the company and leaked to the site was a violation of their copyright. The host, Network Solutions, told the site to remove the content by Thursday or face closure but the owner did not budge, causing the site to be shuttered on Wednesday evening. Microsoft has not commented on this story.
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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