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First off today, Ipreo Holdings LLC, the owners of the institutional investor database Bigdough are suing Goldman Sachs, the much-beleaguered financial firm, claiming that employees from the company illegally accessed the database and copied content from it. Goldman Sachs has denied the allegations, calling them “without merit”.
Next up today, Google has gone on the offensive against Blue Destiny Records, a small record label that, in turn had sued Google last year. Blue Destiny Records had sued Google over its linking to illegal files hosted on the RapidShare file hosting service but dropped the suit voluntarily. However, when the label refused to waive its rights to pursue additional claims at a later date, Google sued the label seeking a declaratory judgement of non-infringement. This move gets Google a more favorable circuit, namely its local one, the 9th Circuit.
Finally today, a memorandum signed last week by Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry declaring war on piracy within the country seems to have little weight behind it. The memo, which also led to Bulgaria’s Computer Crimes Department head making a televised announcement about harsh punishments against any Bittorrent trackers working within the country, hasn’t borne fruit as the two most prominent targets of the movement, Zamunda and Arena BG, have remained active as police cases against the two sites seem to have stalled out though having been active for a very long time.
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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