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First off today, in a move that should surprise no one, the RIAA has filed for an injunction against LimeWire, asking that the service be closed immediately. This comes after the RIAA received a summary judgement in their favor against the file sharing service. The court has the option of either issuing the injunction immediately, giving the two sides a chance to work out the issue, modifying the injunction to keep LimeWire open (though likely with filters in place) or, less likely, determine that an injunction is not necessary. However, given the probably of significant damages, it seems very likely the judge will grant the injunction.
Next up today, a ruling by the Dutch Supreme Court says that simply linking to pirated materials is the same from a liability standpoint as hosting them on your own servers. The case was between a Dutch movie studio, Eyeworks, and a Dutch Usenet community, FTD, in a long court battle over FTD’s providing of links to NZB files that enable the illegal download of their movie their movie Komt een vrouw bij de dokter (A Woman At The Doctor). According to the court, FTD was liable for “making available” under Dutch law, even though the company did not host the files in question. This comes as the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN is also pursuing a similar case against FTD and is seeking the closure of the whole site.
Finally today, Ashton Kutcher, the star in the upcoming film Killers, has announced that he is going to “pirate” the first 13 minutes of the film and put it on the Web for free. This has many industry insiders wondering if the studio or the MPAA itself might take action against Kutcher. The studio, Lionsgate, it not a part of the MPAA but Kutcher’s actions do seem to fly in the face of recent MPAA campaigns against piracy, which seek to have it treated as a serious crime.
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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