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First off today, two rival ISPs in the Netherlands, Ziggo and XS4ALL are teaming up against the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, which threatened Ziggo with legal action if the ISP did not block access to The PIrate Bay. Now its rival, XS4ALL, is stepping in, joining the case on Ziggo’s side combating what they refer to as “censorship”. The case went to court June 28.
Next up today, Canadian rapper Drake is being sued by Playboy for copyright infringement. Playboy holds the rights to Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds’ 1975 song, “Fallin’ in Love”, which the media company accuses Drake of having used in his hit from last year, “Best I Ever Had”. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages and that all of the allegedly infringing works be recalled and destroyed.
Finally today, a fan-made series of games based upon the popular King’s Quest series from the 80s and 90s is back on again. The series, entitled Silver Lining, has had a dubious legal history. Sierra Games, the original makers of the series, merged with Vivendi, which sent a cease and desist letter over the game. However, that notice was retracted when the makers agreed to change the name to “The Silver Lining”. Then, when Vivendi merged with Activision, Activision’s attorneys sent another cease and desist but this one has been retracted after a backlash in the gaming media, paving the way for the free game to be released sometime this year.
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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