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First off today, Google will soon have to face yet another challenge over its book search offering. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) as well as other visual artists are preparing to sue Google for the use of copyrighted images in the book search product. This comes after Google and the Author’s Guild have been working on a settlement in a similar lawsuit involving the text of the books that are included. That settlement is meeting with stiff opposition from competitors and the Justice Department alike.
Next up today, Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the Wall Street Journal as well as many other papers across the globe, is trying to rally “old media” to make a stand against search engines, which he accuses of building a business on the back of their content without renumeration. He announced a plan to put all of his sites behind a paywall and hinted at plans to block Google and has done so with some of his papers already, though not the WSJ at this time.
Finally today, Gérémi Adam, a Montreal man who was the first Canadian to be jailed for pirating movies, died a week after his release due to a suspected overdose. According to his girlfriend, with whom he was living, Adam had become addicted to morphine while in prison and had used it since his release, possibly leading to his death. Adam served one week in prison on the piracy charge since, at the time of his sentencing, he was already in prison an unrelated charge.
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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