3 Count: Clogged Tubes

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1: Angle Sends Cease-And-Desist To Reid — For Reposting Her Own Website

First off today, Nevada Senate hopeful Sharron Angle has filed a cease and desist against her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the campaign republished archived copies of her old website to illustrate how Angle had changed views on several issues. The Reid campaign has posted the letter but has taken down the site where the copies were posted, leading others republish them on their own domains.

2: Verdict Awaits In SAS Copyright Lawsuit

Next up today, the small British software development company World Programming Ltd. (WP) is awaiting its verdict in its case against the larger SAS, which sued WP claiming that their product, World Programming System (WPS) was developed by breaching the terms of use SAS Learning Edition, a data analysis tool meant for personal and educational use. Hanging into balance is potentially millions of dollars in royalties.

3: Woot Asks AP to Follow Their Own Rules, Pay $17.50

Finally today, the popular online deal site Woot, which was recently acquired by Amazon, poked fun at the AP, requesting that the wire service pay the company $17.50 for a quote used from their site in a recent article. This is a shot at AP’s use copyright clearance tools that offer readers the ability to license quotes as short as just a few words, despite such short quotes being a likely fair use.The AP has responded calling the issue a “non-story”.


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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