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First off today, bittorrent search engine Isohunt has released a “lite” version of its site for U.S. visitors. This version is designed to make the site look and function more like Google or other search engines and is a direct response to a U.S. court order demanding that the site pull down infringing results from the service.
Next up today, the judge in the Shepard Fairey case has ordered his attorneys to turn over records and information on anyone who participated in falsifying or destroying evidence related to the case. This comes after the artist who created the Obama “Hope” poster admitted to having falsified evidence to make it seem his poster was based on a different image, thus strengthening his fair use case. This evidence tampering is already the subject of a separate criminal investigation and according to the AP, who is suing him over the poster, it has made the discovery process “burdensome”.
Finally today, investors in a failed venture entitled “Stan Lee Media” have failed in their suit to obtain copyright interest in several of Stan Lee’s creations, which are owned by Stan Lee himself and Marvel Comics. The investors had claimed they were owed royalties for their use in print and elsewhere but the judge dismissed their suit, citing a statute of limitations issue with 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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