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The Bratz dispute appears to be poised to continue a while longer. MGA, the developer of the doll line, was sued by Mattel who claimed that the creator of the series was employed at Mattel when he came up with the idea, making the dolls Mattel’s property. The district court famously agreed in 2008 and ordered MGA to transfer ownership to Mattel but now the Appeals Court has overturned that verdict, this after putting a hold on the transfer. The court believes the earlier ruling was mistaken and that the case may need to be retried.
Next up today, Righthaven, a company representing the Las Vegas Review-Journal has filed four more lawsuits against sites it accuses of using its content without permission. Those sites include Armed Citizen, Infowars, a wordpress.com blog and the DC-area nonprofit Americans for Democratic Action. This brings the total sued by the Review-Journal to 76.
Finally today, in a study that should surprise no one, researchers in Australia have found that, in their survey, some 89% of torrents were copyright infringement. In three categories, movies, music and TV shows, there were no legal torrents to be found. The study has already been heralded by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft and other anti-piracy groups.
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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