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First off today, Ofcom, the government department that handles communication regulation in the UK, has already started the process of making its proposals as required under the Digital Economy Bill, which was passed last week. Ofcom has to generate a report on the best ways to apply the bill, especially in terms with how ISPs can best help fight piracy while protecting user’s rights. Ofcom has said their first order of business is building a robust appeals system for any graduated response system. Their initial report for public consultation is due in May 2010 with the final report due in September.
Next up today, the much-anticipated follow-up to the 1993 video game Syndicate has had the lid blown off it at least partly from an unusual source, filings with the U.S. Copyright Office. Some of the papers filed there show that Electronic Arts and Starbreeze studios are partners in creating the reboot of Syndicate, hinting that a secret “Project RedLime” may well be the much-anticipated game.
We talked previously about how the Statute of Anne turned 300 this week, marking the 300th anniversary of modern copyright law, but what about the first copyright lawsuit? Well, H. Tomás Gómez-Arostegui an Associate Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark, has posted an article about it. The case, Tonson v. Baker, pit one of the country’s biggest publishers against a group of well-known book pirates, creating the first copyright lawsuit of its kind and one the ramifications of can still be felt today.
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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