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First off today, in a rather stunning turn of events, Real Networks has settled its case with the various movie studios that sued it over its RealDVD product. Under the settlement, Real will pay $4.5 million in costs and attorney fees, will drop its appeal on the injunction against selling the product and will refund customers who had purchased it. RealDVD was a product designed to rip DVDs to consumer’s hard drives but the movie studios sues claiming the product violated their copyright by circumventing their DRM on the DVDs.
Next up today, the Digital Economy Bill in Britain is undergoing still more changes as a controversial element which would have allowed ministers to make changes to copyright law without legislation is being dropped in favor of giving courts the ability to demand ISPs block certain sites on the Internet. However, the new proposal is not without its controversy as well.
Finally today, Canada’s government took advantage of its annual Throne Speech to announce that it plans to “strengthen” copyright law within the country, this comes as Bill C-61, which adds DMCA-like elements to Canadian copyright law is being debated and has proved very unpopular among many Canadians.
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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