3 Count: Project Playlist

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1: Project Playlist Puts Legal Troubles Behind It

First off today, Project Playlist, the controversial music player targeted at Myspace and Facebook users, has struck a deal with Universal and Warner Music, putting its legal woes behind it. Currently, three of the four major record labels, Universal, EMI and Sony, have struck deals to allow the service to use their music while Warner has dropped their suit and may have reached a similar agreement though that is unclear. This makes Project Playlist the first streaming music service in the U.S. to make arrangements with all four major record labels.

2: Viacom Gains Support in Copyright Suit

Next up today, Viacom has found some allies in its lawsuit against YouTube. Several media companies including Disney, NBC Universal and Warner Bros have all filed amicus briefs, or “friend of the court” briefs, on their behalf. Viacom in its suit claims that YouTube was aware that much of the content posted to the service, especially in the early days of the site, was infringing and took no action. YouTube claims to be protected by DMCA safe harbors.

3: Hurt Locker’s Bosses to Sue Downloaders

Finally today, the makers of the movie the Hurt Locker have signed with the U.S. Copyright Group and will be filing tens of thousands of lawsuits against alleged file sharers. The U.S. Copyright Group has already filed similar lawsuits for independent filmmakers but this is the first major release to sign with the company. The company has said that this will take the campaign to “a much higher level”.

Suggestions

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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