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First off today, the judge in the LimeWire case has denied the RIAA’s request to freeze the assets of the company and its founder, Mark Gorton. The judge recently found that LimeWire and Gorton are liable for copyright infringement due to the widespread infringement that is taking place through the service and is expected to rule in favor of an injunction soon, effectively closing the service. However, the judge felt that freezing the assets was a step too far and refused to take that action. Damages in the case may easily reach billions of dollars.
Next up today, NAMCO/Bandai, the owners of the PACMAN games filed a DMCA takedown notice/cease and desist against a programming student who developed a version of the game using MIT’s Scratch programming language. The game, which was free to play on MIT’s site, violated their copyright. The notice did seem somewhat sad to be requesting the removal saying that, “We appreciate the education nature of your enterprise,” after requesting removal.
Finally today, a new article in the New York Times focuses on plagiarism in the classroom and concludes that students see less and less wrong about copying other’s words and incidents of disciplining for plagiarism code violations are on the rise. Perhaps most worrisome is that the percentage of students who consider uncited copying a serious offense is down to 29% from 34% earlier in the decade according to one survey. and that student views on authorship may be changing, making plagiarism harder to teach and enforce.
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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