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First off today, an appeal in the “Catcher in the Rye” sequel case has been given the go-ahead, even if the Appeals Court feels the likelihood of success is low. In July of last year a judge blocked the sale of 60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye, a work by Swedish novelist Fredrik Colting saying that it was an unauthorized derivative of J.D. Salinger’s famous work “Catcher in the Rye”. The Appeals Court has sent the case back to the Federal Court but said that most of the elements required for Salinger to be victorious are not in dispute.
Next up today, U.S. Trade Representatives have released their annual report on the worst offending nations for copyright and patent violations and Russia and China top the list. Other countries included are Canada, Thailand and India, all of which the government says need to toughen their copyright enforcement. President Obama has said that intellectual property will be a major focus of his administration over the next five years as he seeks to double U.S. exports in that time.
Finally today, Twitter suspended the accounts of at least two bittorrent sites, citing abuse of the service as the cause. The two sites, YourBitTorrent and TorrentSurf, both lost their accounts and all of their followers but, despite first impressions, it does not seem to be copyright-related as both sites used their Twitter account to push out new torrents posted, an act Twitter might have seen as spam. This is backed up by the fact other torrent-oriented accounts, including larger ones, are still operating on Twitter.
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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